From #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory, the little-known story of three Tudor women who are united in sisterhood and yet compelled to be rivals when they fulfill their destinies as queens.
As sisters they share an everlasting bond; as queens they can break each other’s hearts…
When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a unique sisterhood. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.
United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son.
Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.
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Downton Abbey meets A Game of Thrones in Philippa Gregory's riveting novel. The book follows the stories of three sisters—self-important Margaret, her ambitious sister-in-law, Katherine, and her beautiful and precocious little sister, Mary—as they each ascend to their respective thrones in Scotland, England, and France. Chilling rivalries heat up as the three queens battle for control over Europe, and family bonds are pitted against envy and power-lust. Gregory again proves her mastery of historical fiction, catapulting us into a world of lavish courts, lethal rulers, betrayal, and loss.
Actor Amato, who has read three of Gregory's previous titles as audio editions, is terrific in Gregory's latest historical novel set in Tudor England. She deftly portrays the passions, ambitions, and catastrophes of three sisters from childhood through adolescence to queen-hood. She takes listeners along on the roller-coaster ride from ecstasy to agony and back again for the three 16th-century royals: Queen Katherine (first wife of Henry VIII), Queen Margaret (sister of Henry, married off at 16 to James IV of Scotland) and Queen Mary (sister of Henry and third wife of Louis XII of France). Amato's portrayal of protagonist Margaret is vivid and compelling. She also creates captivating voices and personalities for their husbands and lovers, as well as their infamous brother, Henry. Gregory's historical novels are sheer entertainment; the combination of Gregory and Amato is pure pleasure. A Touchstone hardcover.
A different and unique view
I liked the way the story took on the perspective of the oldest Tudor Princess, Margaret. It is her descendants that lead to the current serving royals in England. Fascinating to think what life was like for her during this time.
Excellent as always. Can't go wrong with a book written by Phillipa Gregory!
I'm a few chapters in and I just feel like it's hard to like the princess, she's very rude and ungrateful and hateful. I would say that in this book and the way the book perverse her she definitely deserves to be named after lady grandmother because she acts just like her