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Preview — The Women of the Cousins' War by Philippa Gregory
The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother
PHILIPPA GREGORY and her fellow historians describe the extraordinary lives of the heroines of her Cousins’ War books: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV;...more
The Women of the Cousins’ War began with a 40 page “introduction” which delivered Gregory’s thesis relating the similarities between historical fiction novelists and “actual” historians. Although Gregory made some interesting points regarding the composition/narration of both fiction and factual accounts, the speculation involved in bot ...more
Since this book is co-authored by three very different writers, it is best examined in three parts. David Baldwin is the author of the book’s essay on Elizabeth Woodville. It’s a pacy effort, interesting, to the point, and makes no mention of the fairytale episodes of popular myth and which Gregory, incidentally, chose to include in her novel The White Queen. Baldwin also takes the time to explain why Elizabeth might have been accused of witchcraft in her own time. It’s readable, focused, and go ...more
Classification: History Lite.
The worst thing about this book is Philippa Gregory's involvement, both the introduction and her essay on Jaquetta. The best thing is the final essay by Michael Jones on Margaret Beaufort. David Baldwin's section on Elizabeth Woodville falls somewhere between the two and was okay.
Michael Jones' contribution pushed this up to a three star read for me, before that it was languishing down around the two stars. I only wish I could give it more because his essay was excel ...more
The duchess, after becoming a widow, first secured a happy second marriage with the man of her choice and then despite everything managed to help her family rise to the highest position in the land and actually hold it. You can't but respect that.
The queen is no doubt harshly dealt with by history (which g ...more
I actually quite liked Gregory's introduction, ridiculously long as it is. She does actually raise valid points about the writers of history, and about how hist ...more
I was going to give this 3 stars for shoddy workmanship, but decided on 5 stars for pure entertainment value.
Ms. Gregory found two hungry Plantagenet scholars - poor man's Alison Weir and David Starkey, and, by throwing big sales numbers and money and a chance at real honest to goodness publicity at them, got them to write a third each of "her" new "history" book, and oh boy do they tow the party line, right down to overtly endorsing Ms Gregory's books.
Check out the flap jacket - Gregory's got ...more
Gregory opens the book was a unique introd ...more
The book does not start encouragingly. Doubtless in response to the (hopefully thousands of pages of) criticism her historical fiction has gotten, Gregory has prepared a 43 page introd ...more
I found it a pleasure to read, being greatly interested in the wars of the roses. I read each corresponding section before the novel. For example I read the section of Margaret Beufort before reading, “The Kings Mother” section. I found t ...more
Acclaimed novelist Philippa Gregory examines the life of Jacquetta. Because she is the least known of the three women, and because there is far less surviving ...more
Instead, it's anattempt to take advantage of Phillippa Gregory's virtual one-woman stranglehold on Tudor historical fiction but putting out a book about the three women of the War of the Roses. Let's face it, that's a pretty good subject.
Unfortunately, though Gregory might be an excellent fiction writer, she's not an enthralling non-fiction writer. Those are two very very very different skill ...more
It is true what they say: “you can take the girl out of politics but you’ll never take the politics out of the girl”. Don’t know that one? Well, it’s an old standby for me. Since I was a little kid, system dynamics and the stories of politics and power have always been of high interest. Now, I’ve generally relegated my interest to the past few decades or, at least, the last couple of centuries.
It turns out that the same old games have been going on for as ...more
Some certainly more than others, but I always enjoy them. Of course that will always be subjective and a matter of perspective.
So from a person who has not majored scholastically (as the author has) and from someone who simply adores reading anything from this period. I can not get enough of her works.
I found this book very helpful in fact, to aid in cementing the connections be ...more
Gregory, Jones, and Baldwin each take on one of the ...more
Jacquetta, Duchess Of Bedford
Elizabeth Woodville, her daughter who became queen to Edward IV
Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VI
If you do know the history of this time, you should find this history enlightening. If you do know the history of this time, it is interesting to read it from a woman's viewpoint.
This was a violent time in history and life was cheap.
The sections ...more
Philippa Gregory first covers the little-known life of Jacquetta of Luxemburg. So little-known was this woman that most of this section recounts events that occurred during the Wars of the Roses and the author just speculates whether her main subject was present or how she was affected.
On one hand this is disappointing, as the reader learns little of Jacquetta; however, on the other hand, this ...more
Beginning with what I felt was a slightly over-long and mundane introduction by Philippa Gregory its over to the perhaps best known of the authors ...more
The authors freely admit that at times they had no idea what happened.
There is lots of speculation and what possibly could have happened.
I enjoyed it but it was very hard to get into.
The plot jumped around so many times.
I appreciate they are trying to reveal more of who these women were.
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