The Red Queen

The Red Queen

Audiobook CD - 2010
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Determined to see her son Henry on the throne of England, pious Margaret Beaufort arranges politically advantageous marriages, sends her son out of the country for his safety, and lays secret plans for a battle between the houses of York and Lancaster.
Publisher: [United States] : Simon & Schuster Audio, p2010
Edition: Unabridged
ISBN: 9781442304888
144230488X
Characteristics: 11 sound discs (13 hr.) : digital ; 4 3/4 in

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jandt_mcmurray
Feb 24, 2017

This title can be a bit misleading as it's not actually about a queen. It's the story of Margaret Beaufort, mother of King Henry VII (1485-1509). From the beginning, she wanted to live the life of a nun, but was given in marriage to Edmond Tudor in order to help the family rise in position in the court. Out of 3 marriages, she only conceived & delivers 1 child: Henry, future king of England. This book tells of what she believes is her life's divine purpose --- to put her son on the throne & restore the Lancastrians to power.

Age recommendation: 14 & up

On a scale of 1 - 10 stars, I give it 9.

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IV27HUjg
Aug 31, 2015

I might have enjoyed the book, but the audio was very poor. PG is a good historian, except she really leans to romance style historical novels - too much romance for my tastes.

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brandyandstuart
Jan 23, 2014

The audiobook was alot more fascinating than the novel. Loved the narration.

aks097 Dec 15, 2013

wonderful book well read

MarilynBelleghem Jun 04, 2012

Disappointed on Several Levels

Repetitive and dragged. I found the writing used some of the same phrases repeatedly and it was irritating. Some descriptions went on too long and others left me wondering what was happening as the topic changed without as much information as I would have liked. I listened to it all but feel it could have been much shorter. On the other hand having travelled through much of the areas of England where the story is located I enjoyed the history.

RenGrrl May 02, 2011

The War of the Roses told from the Lancaster side.

Mallory_MPL Feb 18, 2011

The Red Queen is the sequel to Philippa's new trilogy, The Cousins' War, about the battle over the crown between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. This installment stars Margaret Beaufort, a pious young woman who was a mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. Margaret begs her mother to allow her to go to a convent and spend her life serving God. But because she is an heir to the throne, her destiny is one to produce sons and so is married to Edmund Tudor when she is only 12 and he is well in his twenties. Within two years of their marriage she becomes pregnant and is widowed before her son, Henry, is born. She has a vision that her son is meant to be King of England, and her destiny is to be the Queen Mother, Margaret Regina. From this moment on she devotes her life to the day she sees her son on the throne. No amount of lies, deceit, or murder will stop her from doing God's will. Philippa Gregory is known for her historical accuracy, and this novel is no excuse; anyone interested in learning more about this time period would benefit from reading the Cousins' War trilogy.

I loved how self-righteous Margaret is. It takes her third husband to tell her that she is hiding behind God to do her own will. I literally cheered out loud when Princess Elizabeth said she didn't care who won the war because either way she would never have to be in Margaret's presence again!

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jandt_mcmurray
Feb 24, 2017

jandt_mcmurray thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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