The Red Queen

The Red Queen

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The second volume in The Cousins’ War series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory, The Red Queen is now available on audio for only $14.99.Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that she has a great destiny before her. Her mother mocks her ambition to be a new Joan of Arc. But worst of all for Margaret is that her mother is sending her to a loveless marriage in remote Wales.     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. 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 shift, Margaret charts her own way through another loveless marriage, treacherous alliances, and secret plots.     Widowed a second time, Margaret marries the ruthless, deceitful Thomas, Lord Stanley, and her fate stands on the knife edge of his will. Gambling her life that he will support her, she then masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of the time—all the while knowing that her son waits for his opportunity to win the greatest prize.     In a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, number one bestselling author Philippa Gregory has brought to life 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.show more

Product details

  • CD-Audio
  • 127 x 149.86 x 17.78mm | 181.44g
  • SIMON & SCHUSTER AUDIO
  • United States
  • English
  • Abridged
  • abridged edition
  • 1442352620
  • 9781442352629
  • 1,027,774

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'This interweaving of the personal and the historical in a way that is fluid and entirely believable is, of course, why one reads Gregory in the first place. But the backbone of this book is the manipulation of her central character, the way in which Gregory successfully guides her from hero to antihero, keeping her compelling all along. Once that job is done, and Margaret has gone truly bad, the action breads into a proper gallop. There is more bitching, double-dealing and downright skulduggery than in an entire series of The Thick Of It, and a splendidly bloody climax to boot. Delightful escapism' "The Times" 'The narrative has both drive and immediacy which, combined with the meticulous research characteristic of all Philippa Gregory's books, bring the 15th century alive... The Red Queen is a vivid and compelling evocation of a turbulent period' "Daily Express" 'This is a vivid recreation of an unsympathetic and ruthless manipulator...compulsive tale of dynastic devshow more

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