Anne Neville and her sister Isabel are daughters of the most powerful magnate in 15th century England. Ever ruthless, always plotting, in the absence of a son and heir, Warwick sets about using his daughters as pawns in his political games.
Anne grows from a delightful child brought up at the court of Edward IV and his queen, Elizabeth Woodville, intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Her life is overturned when her father turns on his former allies, escapes England and invades with an enemy army. Widowed at 14, fatherless, with her mother locked in sanctuary, and her sister a vengeful enemy, Anne faces the world alone.
But fortune's wheel turns once again. Anne plots her escape from her sister's house, finds herself a husband in the handsome young Duke of Gloucester, and marries without permission, in secret. But danger still follows her. She finds that she has a mortal enemy in the most beautiful queen in England. Anne has to protect herself and her precious only son from the treacherous royal court, the deadly royal rival, and even from the driving ambition of her husband - Richard III.
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Nobody writers British historical fiction quite like Philippa Gregory. She breathes life into often sparsely known figures in the most vivid and engaging way—none more so than here. We meet Anne Neville, raised in the court of Edward IV, daughter of Richard Warwick, the vastly influential Earl of Warwick. Anne’s tranquil childhood quickly gives way to the most tumultuous of teen years after her husband dies, her father deserts his king and her sister becomes a sworn enemy. Gregory—aided by some wilful and compelling narration here by Jane Collingwood—may have been gifted an extraordinarily life to unspool, but she does so with such measured detail and flair that you feel only she is fit to tell Anne’s incredibly story.