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(The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #7)

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen comes the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII’s stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England.

Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII’s claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the
Hardcover, 612 pages
Published September 9th 2014 by Atria Books (first published August 2014)
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Gail No, you can read any of them out of order. But do read this one ... I don't know how Gregory does it ... this is another fabulous read!
Mary Yes, I started the Cousin's War book 1 and read them all in order. This follows the characters through the proper years. Then I went to the Tudor…moreYes, I started the Cousin's War book 1 and read them all in order. This follows the characters through the proper years. Then I went to the Tudor Court Books 1 and on. This is not how they were published, but best to read in this order. I love learning history this way and Philippa Gregory is a fantastic writer. She lists her history sources at he end of each book.(less)

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First thing’s first, I do have to say I think The King’s Curse is better than The Kingmaker’s Daughter and The White Princess. The Kingmaker’s Daughter had what was, for me, a really grating first person voice and I simply could not care for what happened to Anne Neville and her obviously skewed world view. With The White Princess it was simply a case of boredom. The character of Elizabeth of York in that novel was dull and uninteresting, and I grew weary of her constant recycled conversations
Jan 25, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you love English history-but don't like dry history-read these books. Phillippa Gregory has a wonderful way of making English history come alive.
Jul 15, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I received this book as an advanced reading copy to give it an honest review (may contain spoilers).

This is the 6th book in the Cousins War series and the one which most closely entwines itself with the Tudor Series that Philippa Gregory had previously written. It focuses on Margaret Pole, the daughter of the Duke of Clarence, who was executed by drowning in a vat of wine. She was a Plantagenet Princess and this book covers the period (1499-1541) in time from when Katharine of Aragon comes to
May 25, 2019 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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The King's Curse published in 2014, spans forty years of Lady Margaret Pole's presence in and around the Tudor Court, as she and her family rise and fall from favour with Henry VII and then Henry VIII. Philippa Gregory presents a well researched historical fiction about a less well known woman who serves as a compelling protagonist for the final installment in the Cousins' War series.

Before God, I am a Plantagenet, I am a daughter of the House of York. My own father broke sanctuary, murdered
I loved Philippa Gregory's books once. I still love some of her earlier works, either because I was younger when I read them and my tastes have since changed, or because she simply wrote with more skill, and more care then. Either way, her last few works, indeed, every one that has covered the Cousins' War, have been a complete and utter disappointment to me. She has become a prolific writer in the sense that she will churn out a new book every year, or every second year, but the protagonist in ...more
For staunch Tudor lovers, the name Margaret Pole is not an unfamiliar one. Yet, even though the Countess of Salisbury was smack-dab in the middle of courtly drama; she seems to play a side note in most books. Phillippa Gregory brings Pole to the forefront in her latest historical fiction novel, “The King’s Curse”.

Before I even proceed further, I want to make something clear for those who aren’t regular readers of my reviews: I do not think of Gregory as a God nor of her work as the Bible. Her
I liked this better than I remembered. It could be the direct comparison to the dismal book before this one in the series.
Maragaret de la Pole is an interesting and truly tragic Tudor character. She helps to raise Henry VIII and his siblings as well as Queen Mary I. From the scanty historical records which survive from that period that include women she was often in favor with his parents and her appointments at court likely reflect a closeness between Queen Consort Elizabeth and her cousin
Now that it's been published, I'm moving my comment into the review space.

I'm starting to feel that all my reviews for the books in this series could be copy/pasted.

The format of 1st person narrator giving a chronology of events still isn't working. Gregory's language needs to be more layered and the character voices more distinct. Otherwise, it reads like a boring recitation of who said and did what with the only distinguishing characteristics between the various players being their names.

Who is ever going to find the courage to name what is more and more clear: that the king does not see the world as it is, that his vision is unreal, that-though it is treason to say it-the king is quite mad.

At first I thought that I may have read too many Henry VIII novels, as everything felt very familiar, but as I got further into the book I understood why Philippa Gregory decided to use Margaret Plantagenet as the narater. It allows a much wider view of this era, as well as Henry. Most of her
Sep 02, 2014 rated it really liked it

I have great respect for any author that can make history "cool" and as such I am a huge Philippa Gregory Fangirl. I have read all of her Tudor Court and Cousins War novels and unfortunately I must say that this was my least favourite of hers. The quality of writing is still just as high as all of her other works, but I found Margaret Pole to be an unlikable character...and I'm saying this as someone who has read The Other Boleyn Girl

I think I may also have disliked this book a little simply
``Laurie Henderson
Anyone interested in learning more about the life of Margaret Pole, the daughter of George Plantagenet, the 1st Duke of Clarence and Isabella Neville, eldest daughter of the Kingmaker, will find Philippa Gregory's research interesting and informative.

Jan 07, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The queen of historical fiction is in fine form with the tale of Margaret Pole, cousin of Elizabeth of York and her terrible fate at the hands of Henry VIII. In The Kings Curse, Philippa Gregory throws of the old adage that history is written by the victors and gives a voice to those lost in the bloody struggle between the houses of York and Lancaster.

Spanning 40 years and charting the brutal rise of the Tudors, this expansive novel is narrated by the last York princess Margaret who as an heir
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I have been a great fan of Philippa Gregory's Plantagenet and Tudor books since I read The Other Boleyn Girl. However, the latest few book have deeply disappointed me. This one was no exception. I have the feeling that Gregory is just going through the motions. She is just repeating herself over and over again. This book was the last nail in the coffin for me.

Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Hmmmm....what did I think? Well first off, I haven't read any of the other "Cousins Of War" books and by the reviews,
you either love the series or hate it. I never read a trilogy/series backwards or in another order because I always feel I "miss" something that way. So..the only reason I have done so was because my library got it in (the hold would be forever and I got it first) and I know nothing about Margaret Pole. And this can be read as a "stand on it's own."
The setting for the story is
Sarah u
DEC 2014: I've had this given to me for a Christmas gift (2014), so it looks like I'll be reading it after all.

JAN 2015: Well, I think I've given this book a good shot, but I can't read any more. I DNF at 59%.

I just cannot get on with Gregory's newer work. This book plodded along, racing through the life of Margaret Pole without creating any emotional connection, any excitement, or any tension. It was just there, repeating itself endlessly (we are the White Rose, reminders of people's names
Paula Kalin
Philippa Gregory's The King's Curse is the 6th book in her Cousin's War series. Seen thru the eyes of Margaret Pole, a Plantagenet of royal blood, she narrates about the struggles of the Plantagenets, House of York, during King Henry VIII's reign.

Gregory has done some painstakingly detailed historical research for this book. It's quite well done with many historical characters like Cromwell and Wolsey. The reader gets a good look at what it was like to live in those times. The King's Curse is
Sep 17, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wonderfully interesting story of Henry VIII told through the eyes of Margaret Poole his aunt and a Member of the Plantagenet family. It was a harrowing tale for this family who claimed to have had the throne wrestled from them by Henry Tudor. It had just the right mixture of history and the cunning vile nature of the at that time British aristocracy. Always jockeying for position and ever mindful of the whims of a king who declared himself both above man and god, this book was a through look ...more
May 29, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
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Diane S ☔
Mar 03, 2014 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The last book in the Cousin's War series and a very good way to end. Using Margaret Pole as her narrator created the opportunity forma somewhat wider view of this period. As she was Elizabeth of York's cousin and guardian to the young couple Catherine of Aragón and the Prince of Wales. Later lady in waiting to Queen Catherine. Royal in her own right she led a stressful life, tight roping her way between first Henry the seventh and then the whims of his infantile son when he became king.

It also
Karen’s Library
I was very lucky to have received an ARC from Touchstone in exchange for an honest review.

This final book in The Cousin’s War epic series by Philippa Gregory is told from the POV of Lady Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, who was executed for treason by his own brother, King Edward IV. Lady Pole is a beloved cousin to King Henry VIII’s mother, Queen Elizabeth of York, but because of her royal blood, seeks to stay in the background so as to draw as little attention to herself
Sean Barrs the Bookdragon
This is a poor conclusion to a disproportionate series in terms of quality. The Red Queen was fantastic, The White Queen was enthralling but the Kingmakers daughter was bland. The White Princess sat somewhere in the middle whereas this was just uninspiring.

Perhaps I am fed up with Philippa Gregory’s bland tone or perhaps I’ve just read too many of her books. This felt rushed: King Henry goes from young promising King to brutal tyrant in a few hundred pages. With the first three books we have
The King's Curse is the final novel in the Cousin’s War series by Philippa Gregory and focuses on Margaret Pole, a cousin to Elizabeth of York (Henry VIII's mother) and a Plantagenet by birth. She's one of the lesser know characters of that time period but still one of the most interesting. Because her family was related to the prior regime, the Plantagenet's, they were considered a threat to the newly crowned Tudors. Margaret was married to a knight, Sir Richard Pole, and sent to Wales and as ...more
Rio (Lynne)
Nov 14, 2014 rated it it was ok
2 1/2 stars. I's fiction, but PG stands by her fiction like its fact and that's what bothers me. It's one thing to write fictional characters, it's another to defame real people. I take serious issue with that, especially when there is no truth or evidence to back up her so called facts. I read this book because it's about Margaret Pole. I wanted to hear her story. I went into this realizing PG takes lots of liberties. What annoyed me about the writing.....the constant reminders and ...more
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Shirley Revill
Apr 25, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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I have never been disappointed with a book by Philippa Gregory.
She knows her subject well.
Highly recommended.
Apr 03, 2015 rated it it was amazing
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The intriguing tale of Margaret Pole

The King's Curse by Philippa Gregory is the final novel in The Cousins' War series that began with The White Princess, The Kingmaker's Daughter, The Lady of the Rivers, The Red Queen and The White Queen. This concluding novel is about Margaret Pole, the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, who was executed for treason by his own brother, King Edward IV. This tale is set between 1499-1541, the years when Katharine of Aragon became Queen of England until her
May 07, 2016 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
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I love these books. They're my guilty little pleasure. I gobble them up with gusto and scream for more.

This one was excellent.

An Advanced Reader Copy was provided by the publisher for review. Quotes pulled from the ARC may be incorrect and may be subject to change.

It was remarkable to see the downfall of King Henry VIII told in the eyes of his cousin Margaret. The division of the Catholic Church, how it affected the villages and citizens, his philandering ways and even more wives than one can count. It was all in this book, and I couldn't stop reading. The book is written from the eyes of Margaret, and she's telling
Cheeky Cher
4 stars - It was great. I loved it.

An excellent end to the series! The author has a knack for bringing historical figures to life and I always looked forward to returning to this book while reading it.

I always learn something new when I read Philippa Gregory's book. With this one, I found this excerpt from the Author's Note to be particularly intriguing:

Current interesting research from Catrina Banks Whitley and Kyra Kramer suggests that Henry may have had the rare Kell positive blood type,
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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the ...more

Other books in the series

The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (1 - 10 of 15 books)
  • The Lady of the Rivers (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #1; Cousins War #3)
  • The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #2; The Cousins War #1)
  • The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #3; Cousins War #2)
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #4; Cousins War #4)
  • The White Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #5; Cousins War #5)
  • The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #6)
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #8)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)
  • The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #10)
  • The Taming of the Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #11)
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