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 giv...more
“The Queen of Last Hopes” follows typical Higginbotham protocol by spending what feels like a lengthy time (approximately 100 pages in t ...more
It was a challenge. While I don't know that I feel much more ...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
Again, she is able to give life to her historical figures like few others can. I was especially impressed with Henry. History likes to forget him as the mad, weak king. You’re left with an image of a muttering, sad wreck of a man staring off into space and not acknowledging any ...more
Susan’s books are like literary tardises, I often think – they look like the size of a standard novel, they have the same number of pages – 320 or so here – and yet they must be bigger on the inside somehow, because whenever I read the last page and put the book down I feel like I’ve just read a full length epic. It feels like a much longer book. This is the skill with which The Queen of Last Hopes is written. It packs ...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
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
Born to Queen Rene and Queen Isabelle of Anjou, Margaret was betrothed to King Henry at age ...more
One example of her writing is that when Margaret de Anjou has to marry a proxy of Henry VI, it goes like this: "I was formally betrothed in the Church of St. Martin at Tours on May 24, 1444, with William de la Pole, then the Earl of Suffolk" like ...more
Margaret of Anjou was born in France and later married to King Henry VI of England; he is the King Henry who was “mad” and thought to be an ineffective ruler. The had only one son, Edward. As the Yorkists rose up to take the throne at the start of the Wars of the Roses, Margaret did what she could to help her husband win his throne back and to secure the throne for her son for later. This is a fictional account of Margaret's life.
I liked this. I will admit that the first 2/3 of the st ...more
This was my 2nd Higginbotham book and I have been very pleased with both I have read. I have done what I feel is pretty extensive reading on the War of the Roses time period, and I especially enjoyed this look at yet another angle of it. The main focal character is Margaret of Anjou, Queen to Henry VI. So, of course, it is from the Lancasterian point of view. I appreciate reading about Margaret as a "real" person and not the horrid "she-wolf" she is usually described as. Most people a ...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
Yet Susan Higgenbotham's attention to historical detail is remarkable, and anything that is is pure fiction she points it out.
This novel was just a bit t ...more
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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