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The Red Queen

(The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #3)

3.80  ·  Rating details ·  66,934 ratings  ·  4,702 reviews
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The second book in Philippa's stunning new trilogy, The Cousins' War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses.

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Hardcover, 412 pages
Published August 3rd 2010 by Atria Books
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Dafne I like reading in chronological order but it is not required. All of the books can exist as standalone stories - it is just easier to understand if yo…moreI like reading in chronological order but it is not required. All of the books can exist as standalone stories - it is just easier to understand if you read them in chronological order.(less)
Amanda Koker It's first The Lady of the Rivers, then The White Queen and then this one. I highly recommend it!…moreIt's first The Lady of the Rivers, then The White Queen and then this one. I highly recommend it!(less)

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Aug 19, 2010 rated it did not like it
After finishing this, the only real things I feel I have to say are that I HATE Margaret Beaufort and had many a moment while reading where I was hoping beyond hope that Elizabeth Woodville or some other such person would show up and strangle her to death with the rosary she's always fondling.

Honestly, I cannot imagine how anyone could come to like Margaret while reading this novel. She is every negative stereotype about religious people all wrapped up in one and served with massive sides of se
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The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #3), Philippa Gregory

The Red Queen is a 2010 historical novel by Philippa Gregory, the second of her series The Cousins' War.

It is the story of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII of England. The 2013 BBC One television series The White Queen is a 10-part adaptation of Gregory's novels The White Queen (2009), The Red Queen and The Kingmaker's Daughter (2012), and features Amanda Hale as Margaret Beaufort.

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Aug 03, 2010 rated it liked it
First, despite its title, The Red Queen is not about Margaret of Anjou, but about Margaret Beaufort, Countess of Richmond, mother of Henry VII. (For some reason, no one in the novel ever addresses Margaret as the Countess of Richmond, though records from the time refer to her as such, and she herself seems to be unaware that she holds that title through her first marriage to Edmund Tudor, Earl of Richmond. I found this odd, because Margaret as depicted here is not a woman to forget the fact that ...more
Jan 07, 2012 rated it really liked it
Blood Red! Who was she? Another strong contender in this series. I am really excited with the different characters and the connections across the books. Margaret is a fascinating historical figure... and the little pieces we got to know about her in the first book in this series held her up to one light and standard. But now in this book, dedicated to her, it's a whole different thought process. And she was the mother of a king. How could she sit on the side for 20 years and just wait for it to ...more
Sean Barrs
Margaret Beaufort is deeply pious, and she has spent many years paying for the return of the house of Lancaster. She is a devout Catholic; thus, she is convinced that God is on her side; therefore, it is God’s will that her son, Henry Tudor, will be the next king of England. This is her life’s work. She has no other reason to live other than honouring her God and ensuring her son’s ascension. So, she isn’t the most likable of protagonists.

An unshakable faith in victory

She is characterised ver
Jason Koivu
Sep 23, 2014 rated it it was amazing
Now is the Spring of this woman's discontent...
Cause, I mean, talk about bitter!

In Philippa Gregory's The Red Queen the prominent historical figure from the War of the Roses period and eventual mother of King Henry VII, Margaret Beaufort is portrayed as one who felt God had destined her for a higher calling, of which she was robbed, and for which she was forever after embittered.

The story follows Margaret from when she was a little girl daydreaming about becoming the next Joan of Arc, an Englis
Sep 15, 2012 rated it it was amazing
When I read the reviews and everyone hated this book, I had to read it. As it turns out, everyone hates the heroine, but I didn't. I felt sorry for her, and I had to laugh at her self-absorption and self-vindication, but this is a girl raised to believe that blood lines matter, and that her only possible contribution is as a brood mare. She is married twice with no say in the matter; her last marriage she negotiates for herself.

I appreciate this book. I appreciate the hard work and research Greg
Feb 13, 2011 rated it it was ok
Recommends it for: People who want a light, breezy read rather than something meatier

I was surprised, but I actually ended up liking this novel a shade better than "The White Queen". There's much less of the Melusina magic, which I really felt was used too much as a deus ex machina in "The White Queen". The relationship with Jasper Tudor, although completely fictional, was intriguing and even more so because I knew it could never truly be realised. The one-liners here and there. I actually liked Margaret's steadfastness and singlemindedness, and whilst her ruthlessness is shocki
Nov 16, 2010 rated it it was ok
I have no idea if Margaret Beaufort was as she is depicted by Gregory, but her fictional alter ego is the most unlikeable person that I have come across in a novel in years. The first-person narrative gave little escape from this fanatical and self-absorbed woman. Henry Tudor's ascension to the throne as Henry VII is a a fascinating and unlikely story, but neither mother, the true believer in his destiny despite its apparent impossibility, nor Henry VII (whom I am more familiar with historically ...more
May 03, 2018 rated it it was amazing
This is the second book from this author I've does tell you alot of information from the first book,but still enjoyed reading this book.its terrible how you get forced into a marriage at a young age just to have an heir to the throne,and if it's a boy the baby they will save instead of the mother.great read want to read more. ...more
Nov 14, 2010 rated it really liked it
Historical fiction is a passion of mine and I personally think that Philippa Gregory is one of the masters of the genre. I always find her books to be so well researched that as a reader you feel like you are experiencing that particular time first hand.

This is the second book in the new cousins war series and I did find this novel hard going at first but after the first 50 pages I found myself completely absorbed in this novel and felt like I was there watching events unfold in front of my eyes
Beth Dean
I got it cheap with the Daily Mail in duty free and I see why.IT'S THE SAME BOOK BUT MADE A HELL OF A LOT MORE BORING! I was shocked at Gregory's choice of using the same time frame as The White Queen, although she included the story of Magaret from when she was 7 the main story line was the same, revolving around the same events. Since you knew what was going to happen next and who was true and who wasn't Gregory destroyed her best assesst, intrigue. You could skip chapters (I wouldn't but the ...more
Sep 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
After reading the magnificent 'The White Queen' about Elizabeth Woodville, I did not care much for the character of Margaret Beaufort covered in this exciting sequel but it did not take way from my enjoyment of the book. A women of unswerving determination bought out of the conviction that she is guided by G-D to bring about victory to the House of Lancaster, which she believes is totally favoured by G-D. A women of great spiritual pride which led to extreme ruthlessness, especially according to ...more
2.5 stars

Margaret Beaufort wants to devote her life to church but is instead maried off to Edmund Tudor when she is 12. He dies soon after that but manages to get her pregnant before that. After her son Henry is born, Margaret devotes her life to get him on the throne.

I don’t think I’ve ever hated any character so much as I hated Margaret! By page 60 I just wanted to stab her. She think she is England’s Joan of Arc ans is here to deliver England from the Yorkist. I got it, she’s pious person and
Dec 12, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: never-read-again
Margaret Beaufort is a horrible, selfish woman who thinks of no one but herself. God she angered me so much!! I've never read a character who I have wanted to punch more than her. It is all about her, her rise, her power because she was destined for greatness and she doesn't care who gets hurt along the way. She's made me so angry!!

The story was pretty decent but the best bit was the battle description at the end. I loved Henry Stafford her 2nd husband who was obviously treated like crap and th
Sep 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
The rise of Henry VII and the beginning of the Tudor reign, as told through the eyes of his mother, Margaret Beaufort. I always love Phillipa Gregory’s take on history, and I accept it for what it is--not history, but historical fiction. Who knows what I would have thought of Margaret if I had known her, but I found her a bit unlikable. Having really liked Elizabeth Woodville in Gregory’s The White Queen, perhaps it was more difficult to like this woman who imagined herself so holy and above oth ...more
Aug 11, 2010 added it
Shelves: adult, romance, historical
I am listening to this book via audio, and I can honestly say I'm not enjoying this as much as I usually enjoy Philippa Gregory's books. This book is very political and while it involves the Court, it's not such a big part of the book. I don't think it's the writing that is bothering me though, I think it's Margaret, who is extremely arrogant and I would almost say selfish - except she does show some compassion now and then. She is single minded, focused on her mission. I feel like the book is m ...more
I found some of this book interesting, but for the most part, it dragged. It was way too repetitive, even by Gregory's previous theme-repeating standards. 'Joan of Arc, blah blah...Lancaster heir, blah blah...the will of God, blah blah.' Yes, I get it, Margaret Beaufort was one hell of a determined woman, driven by a deep religious belief and a sole aim to get her son on the throne - there’s no need to bash me over the head with it on every page. I ended up skim-reading the second half of this b ...more
Aretha melina
Jul 17, 2013 rated it it was amazing
this is one of the best book by Philippa Gregory. And I am so appalled by others who gave this book only one star. This book deserves more than one star.
This book is about a magnificent woman who survives abusive parents, relationships, separation with her son and triumph against all odds.
Brought up by a mother who dislikes her and constantly thinks of her more as a nuisance and a misfortune to her than a daughter who deserves to be loved and cared for; young Margaret beauford grown to be a dev
Jun 02, 2011 rated it really liked it
WOW. This one I really could not put down--primarily because Margaret Beaufort is one of the most appalling characters I have ever met. When we read THE WHITE QUEEN, she was just in the background--but here she is front and center, and she is a horrible combination of religious zealot and jealousy. Next to her, Elizabeth Woodville seems like a true queen.

In her defense, Margaret is given in marriage to Edmund Tudor at the young age of 12; he simply wants a son and treats her brutally. Edmund's b
“The Red Queen” by Philippa Gregory is a story, part history, part fiction, part speculation of the life of Margaret Beaufort during the English War of the Roses in the 15th Century. Margaret’s ambition for her son to become the King of England (Henry VII) is full of plots, intrigues, and murders. In a time when women had little power or control in their lives, Margaret maneuvers through family situations and courtly infighting.
Apr 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Very enjoyable.
Nov 14, 2011 rated it it was ok
This showed up in the local library, so I thought I'd give it a whirl.

I wonder if it was Ms Gregory's deliberate intention to portray a 'heroine' so unlikeable that I could not find a single redeeming feature in her? Maybe. I mean, I am not exactly Margaret Beaufort's leading fan, not by a very long way, but if someone paid me a substantial sum to write a novel about her, I am pretty sure I could find some positive aspects to her character. In fact, I know I could. This novel almost made me feel
Jul 04, 2010 rated it really liked it
Shelves: already-own-read
Margaret Beaufort isn't really a likable heroine. She was so stiff and unemotional, it was hard for me to relate to her. This criticism isn't against the author, it's just what you have to deal with in historical fiction based on real life.

When Margaret was a child, her prickliness was actually cute. And how can you not laugh when she rejoices at her knees being callused from kneeling in prayer, calling them 'Saint's Knees.'

I sympathized with her being forced into marriage with Edmund, who never
Mar 14, 2011 rated it liked it
Read a while ago, and I loved it at the time, but if I read it again I'd probably not like it as much. I don't remember much of the story, besides the fact that Margaret was quite bitchy, but I kind of enjoyed that because my middle-school self couldn't quite grasp that cruelty does not equal amusing. So if you're reading my review and thinking "Wtf is wrong with her, this book is freaking horrible!", then keep in mind that my rating is probably quite off if I were to read this again.
Nov 26, 2009 rated it liked it
A bit better than TWQ, and will appeal to PG fans, but perhaps not the serious Ricardians.
Erica Robbin
Jun 18, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Thoroughly enjoyed this book!

I read this for Allthatglitters/Glitterature Book Club (yes it's been in storage for over 10 years).

I would recommend it to anyone who enjoys historical accounts about the medieval period and English aristocracies or romance novels. More specifically, it focuses on the life of Margaret Beaufort who was a matriarchal influence during the time England experienced several civil wars over the throne of England during the 15th century.

The character of Lady Margaret was
3 stars - It was good.

Much slower than Gregory's other books that I have read, in part because you are revisiting many of the same events from the last book, The White Queen. Read much like a memoir of a pompous, cold woman with ambition being her nucleus and what she loved above all else. Having just read The White Queen and feeling attached to Elizabeth Woodville (both mother and daughter), you feel like someone is picking a fight with one of your friends every time Margaret calls either a who
Rating: 4.5/5.0

I am so glad that I am reading the books in their order. It gives me a better understanding of the story. Basically, we follow the same events that took place in the second book (The White Queen) but in this book we look at the events from a different perspective. From God's perspective and his will! Lol, of course not, God has nothing to do here but our heroine, Margaret Beaufort thinks that all her desires, wishes, and ambitions are god's well. How convenient it is to use God's
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