The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life Margaret Beaufort, heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, who charts her way through treacherous alliances to take control of the English throne.
Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her Lancaster house is the true ruler of England, and that she has a great destiny before her. Married to a man twice her age, quickly widowed, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son on the throne of England regardless of the cost to herself, to England, and even to the little boy. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she names him Henry, like the king; sends him into exile; and pledges him in marriage to her enemy Elizabeth of York’s daughter. As the political tides constantly move and shift, Margaret masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of all time—all the while knowing that her son has grown to manhood, recruited an army, and awaits his opportunity to win the greatest prize in all of England.
The Red Queen is a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, the story of a proud and determined woman who believes that she alone is destined, by her piety and lineage, to shape the course of history.
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Sure, we’re fascinated by Princesses Kate and Meghan, but the current royal family has nothing on the Tudors when it comes to high-stakes drama. Set in the 15th century, The Red Queen centers on Margaret Beaufort, the matriarch of the Tudor line and grandmother to the villainous Henry VIII. Novelist Philippa Gregory is a wizard at crafting well-researched and entertaining historical fiction with dashes of romance. In her telling, Margaret plots and prays her way through the decades-long Wars of the Roses, remaining laser focused on her goal: seeing her only child crowned King of England. Actress Bianca Amato gives this literate, religious woman and ruthless power player an appropriately regal bearing. This audiobook immersed us in a tumultuous world of court intrigue and took us on the roller-coaster ride of a powerful queen’s life.