The Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of Anjou
A man other than my husband sits on England's throne today.
What would happen if this king suddenly went mad? What would his queen do? Would she make the same mistakes I did, or would she learn from mine?
Margaret of Anjou, queen of England, cannot give up on her husband-even when he slips into insanity. And as mother to the House of Lancaster's last hope, she cannot give...more
Really 4.5 stars.
I love this book for a number of reasons, not least because it is well researched and intelligently written. The best bit though for me was getting to hear about the Wars of the Roses from the "other" side. Granted, it's not as much fun as being on the Yorkest side, but it was a refreshing change and sensitively done. The clincher for me was that by the end I was so emotionally involved with the characters that I cried (something that rarely happens) and would've given anything...more
This book follows the story of Margaret of Anjou - also known as the "mother" of the house of Lancaster- and her marriage to King Henry VI who, after 8 years of marriage descended into the oblivion of madness and religious obsession- leaving the rule of his country to Margaret . Mar...more
The War of the Roses, ok I will do my best. Margaret of Anjou was married to Henry VI from the house of Lancaster. Together they had a son Edward. Henry was mad, other people wanted power because they all descended from the same king. Warwick, the king-maker plotted with the Duke of York, and what follows is battles, the king being captured, Margaret plotting for her husband and son, more battles, people turning sides etc etc. King Edward IV. Exile, plotting, and then I will not even go int...more
Though the putative focus of the novel is Henry VI's queen, Margaret of Anjou, and much of the story is told from her perspective, Higginbotham fascinatingly interweaves Margaret's account with those of others close to her. The simplest and most obvious benefit of her doing so is that this saves the reader from the repetitive agony familiar to...more
It would be called the Wars of the Roses, but it all began with one woman's fury...
Margaret of Anjou, Queen of England, cannot give up on her husband-even when he goes insane.
And as mother to the House of Lancaster's last hope, she cannot give up on her son-even when all England turns against him.
This gripping tale of a queen is at its heart a tender tale of love: passionate, for her husban...more
This was a nice book to read taken from a different point of view. So often War of the Roses is just from one perspective. One of the things I enjoyed most was the chapters that also included other points of view, in first person. It added a nice touch to the story.
For those that enjoy character listings, this book has one of the best I've seen. So, this is the perfect book for old "followers" of War of the Roses as well as those who are brand new to it.
This was a...more
Margaret of Anjou is but a child when wed to King Henry and the House of Lancaster. A child who not only needs to grow up quickly but is pulled between loyalty to the man she marries and her Uncle, The King of France. She is a strong character that bears much for those she loves...more
In 1445, aged fifteen, Margaret of Anjou was married to King Henry VI of England, a marriage intended to restore peace between France and England. When Henry declined into madness eight years later, the heavily pregnant Margaret was drawn to the forefront of English politics. In stepping from her prescribed feminine role to oppose the claims of the Yorkist faction she became a target for enemy propaganda. Her fierce protection of her son, Edward of Lancaster, and her refusal to admit defeat did...more
I didn't like Margaret and thought her portrayal was of a spoilt brat who swore a lot, something I found hard to believe of a woman that was brought up to be a lady.
I also didn't feel that any of her decisions were very greatly examined or embellished upon so that the reader could try and understand her point of view.
I find it very hard to believe she would have...more
I enjoyed this so much. It's so refreshing to read about Margaret in a favourable light instead of the usual evil woman we tend to know from fiction.
We follow the trials of Margaret from her life in France, her journey to England and her life as England's queen.
Margaret had a tough time in England but she never gave up fighting for the rights of her husband and son.
I liked the fact that Margaret and Henry are shown as having a fairly...more
And now for a ramble...
For years now I've been reading novels about Richard III. There's been a recent surge in his popularity - unlike anything he experienced in life. Historians and readers have suddenly decided that poor old R3 was much maligned by Shakespeare and those nasty Tudors and that the TRUTH of it is that he would have, could have, been the best king England ever had.
Don't get me wrong, I buy into that theory as m...more
Higginbotham's historical fiction rarely disappoints, and this novel is no exception. I don't think that I've yet read a book focusing on Margaret of Anjou as the protagonist. These days, most historical fiction set during the Wars of the Roses tends to focus on the York side, which I do enjoy, but this was a nice departure. I definitely felt sympathy for Margaret as she struggled through the battles and political wrangling for her son's inheritance and her husband, Hen...more
Being a newbie to this particular era, I kept my hope alive, wishing things would turn out in Queen Margaret's favor. The ending was so unfair and a...more
It was hard to get into and the POV switching was confusing at the beginning, but it picked up about half way through. There were some grammar issues that really bugged me, though, and were inconsistent in placement so it didn't seem deliberate...more
My third novel, The Stolen Crown, is set during the Wars of the Roses. It features Henry Stafford, Duke of Buckingham, and his wife, Katherine Woodville, as narrators. My fourth novel, The Queen of Last Hopes,...more