One of my favorite time periods is Tudor England. You might say I’m a little bit obsessed…..
It all started in high school but really took hold with The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory. Have you read that book? If you haven’t then you really should. The movie was fantastic but there is so much that they had to leave out in order to make the movie a reasonable length. Eric Bana as Henry VIII? Wowza.
After reading The Other Boleyn Girl, I really got hooked into Tudor England. So when Philippa Gregory announced that she would be going farther back and releasing a series called The Cousin’s War, I knew that I wouldn’t be able to stay away.
I suppose you can’t talk about book three of The Cousin’s War without mentioning book two, The White Queen. If you wanna know what I think about that book, find my review HERE. Book three in The Cousin’s War is The Red Queen.
(A little background here – The Cousin’s War is a time period when two houses, York and Lancaster, fought for control of the throne of England. Both claimed to be descendents of the house of Plantagenet, the royal house of King Henry VI. This section of time is also known as The War of the Roses; the heraldic badge for the House of York was a white rose and the heraldic badge for the House of Lancaster was a red rose hence the book titles.)
Are you still with me? Good.
The Red Queen follows the tale of Margaret Beaufort, the grandmother of the infamous Henry VIII. Starting out when Margaret is nothing more than a child, the book tells the story of her first marriage to Edward Tudor of the House of Lancaster and follows her as she fights to put her son Henry on the throne of England to the very moment she succeeds.
I’ve read this book twice now. The first time it was a bit difficult to follow but the second time it all made sense. It gets a little heavy with titles and who is connected to whom but it is a fantastic look at a woman who modeled herself on Joan of Arc and stopped at nothing to see her son become king. From the moment the book opens, it focuses on the legendary piousness of Margaret and her intense belief that her will was God’s will.
As always, Gregory’s portrayal of the women in this time period is amazing. Margaret leaps off the page and it’s almost as if she is sitting in the room with you as you read. There were moments when I got chills….Her steadfastness as she orders the deaths of the two York Princes that cemented the end of the York regency was intense. At no moment did she waiver, even as she begged for a sign that what she was doing was God’s will.
This series is one that I get giddy over every time a new book is released. Have I mentioned how much I love English history? Coz I really do. The Tudor time period is one of my favorite.
Have you read it? Tell me what you think in the comments!
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