Three Sisters, Three Queens

Three Sisters, Three Queens

Large Print - 2016
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"United in sisterhood by birth and marriage, Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England; Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots; and Mary Tudor, Queen of France immediately recognize each other as both allies and rivals in the treacherous world of court and national politics. Their bonds extend beyond natural and expeditious loyalties, as romance, scandal, war, and religion inextricably unite these three for better or for worse"-- Adapted from Booklist.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
ISBN: 9781410494160
1410494160
Characteristics: large print
855 pages (large print) : map, genealogical tables ; 23 cm
Alternative Title: 3 sisters, 3 queens

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Janice21383
Sep 14, 2017

There have been many books about Katherine of Aragon, maybe too many, so why not write one about a woman in her circle -- Henry VIII's elder sister, no less, tumultuous queen and grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots? You get two stories for the price of one. A good idea, except for two things: 1) little is known about Margaret Tudor's thoughts and feelings, and the author defaults to irritable and bitchy. Picture a less evil Cersei from Game of Thrones. And 2) the life stories of the three queens, with their cycles of tragedy and triumph, love and hate have a great deal of repetition. But there are advantages to seeing history through the eyes of a less than perfect heroine, particularly in judging people like Katherine, who have been sainted by time and good PR. And you can certainly see where Mary, Q. of S. got her headstrong, impulsive behaviour. She was like her grandmother, but more foolish and unlucky.

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jolymac
May 07, 2017

When I started this book, I thought it was a book told by three separate POVs - Katherine, Margaret and Mary. But it was only told from the extremely annoying POV of Margaret. To me, she was an extremely unlikable character - selfish, petty, whiny and entitled.
I find it hard to enjoy a book when I don't like the main character.
I've read quite a few Philippa Gregory books and have always enjoyed them. But I found it really hard to finish this one.

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poodlegirl
Mar 17, 2017

WAY too long and SO much redundancy. This royal, Queen Margaret, was so spoiled and childish and became a very boring early on. Perhaps this was/is a realistic portrayal of someone who believes they are chosen by God. The history that occurred around her was very interesting. However, it was too long by about ⅓.

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secretarybird
Feb 07, 2017

I usually enjoy Philippa Gregory's books immensely but I could not finish this one as I found it tedious

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cassandra123456
Feb 01, 2017

I have loved almost everything that Phillippa Gregory has written, but this one might be the worst of the bunch. Not saying that I didn't devour this book and enjoyed it immensely, just not quiet as much as the others.

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CHRISTI_14
Jan 22, 2017

Excellent novel for lovers of Tudor history. The novel is about the relationships between Katherine of Aragon Henry eight's first wife Princess Margaret sister of Henry the Eight and Princess Mary also sister of Henry 8th.

The author Phillipa Gregory is an historian thus the novel is historically correct. She has wonderfully depicted the life of these royal tudor women, their jealousy, resentments and sympathy for one another in a world where violence, treachery rivalry dominated.

It is interesting to see how these royal woman coped with the patriarchal chaotic authority of Henry the Eight, his advisors and the constant jockeying for power in England, Scotland and Medieval Europe.

ehbooklover Dec 01, 2016

3.5 stars. I really love Philippa Gregory. I can always count on her for well-researched, page-turning historical fiction. I enjoyed this one despite the fact that there were many times that I grew tired of the constantly whining and unlikeable protagonist, Margaret Tudor. I also found it very interesting reading about the Anne Boleyn saga from a different point of view.

PCope Oct 28, 2016

Reading 3 Queens, I found this book had a very limited character focus for Queen Margaret. Most of her thoughts are - do my sister and sister in law have more stuff than me? Bad. Less stuff? Good. Do I have nice clothes? (really, this thought gets her right out out of her sickbed after childbirth.) Not to mention Margaret's's wildly schizophrenic mood swings about her sisters - love/hate, love/hate...... It's like being trapped with a politically minded Kardashian for 500 pages. The very valid statements about the status of women back then gets lost under such tedious detail. A disappointing read.

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violet_rabbit_275
Oct 04, 2016

I have read all of Gregory's books relating to the Tudors, Plantagenets, etc. I LOVE her!

However, this is the very first time I've ever had trouble finishing one of her books.

I don't know if it's the character who is so self-absorbed or the lack of dialogue between characters, but frankly, I've been rather bored.

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sofie25
Aug 25, 2016

I generally do enjoy Ms Gregory's books; this one, not so much. The main character -Margaret Tudor- is quite frankly the most self-entitled, whining, unbearable bore. Finishing this book proved to be a chore.

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