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Publisher Description

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.

Bianca Amato
hr min
August 3
Simon & Schuster Audio

Customer Reviews

walkinthewoods ,


If you like historical fiction mixed with a bit of history, this is a must read. The story captivates you from the very first page...The narration is wonderful!

iteacher1 ,

req queen whines

I like historical fiction but having to listen to a pious, brat whine about her fate for the first 1/2 is not enjoyable material. I hope the 2nd half will be better but I think I hope in vain. The narrator does a great job, the author however has written a character whom the reader really just wants to smack. There is nothing about the character of Margaret that is redeaming. The editor should have stood up and told the author that this is garbage. If you want to liston to hours of mhy me, am I not worthy of greatness due to the fact I live on my knees before god, then this is the book for you. If not, don't buy this.

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