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The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
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Sep 25, 11

Read from July 05 to 10, 2010 — I own a copy

Philippa Gregory takes the real fact and figures of history and weaves a wonderful narrative of conversations and private moments that may or may not have happened through them. The characters are brought to life and you feel real emotion for them during their turmoil.
We follow the story of Margaret Beaufort, mother to King Henry VII, as she is used as a pawn by her family and eventually, after many years of bitter unhappiness, takes her life in her own hands, to keep the House of Lancaster in control of the Crown. She is deeply religious and believes that her God speaks to her, commanding her to do His will, as He did with Joan of Arch, who she takes as her role model in life.
Gregory's battle scenes are gripping, as is the rest of this novel. Once you've started it, you won't want to put it down. If you are a history novice you won't feel lost or patronized, as this book, like her others, is highly accessible. If, however, you know a lot about this era, there is still enough information and narrative to keep the reader hooked.
Philippa Gregory is one of the best authors of Historical Fiction and this, her latest book is one of her best and I would recommend her books to anyone.
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