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Series: the Cousin's War #2
Published by Touchstone on August 3rd 2010
Source: the library
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The second book in Philippa's stunning new trilogy, The Cousins War, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series - The White Queen - but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses.
The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England.
Through collaboration with the dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret agrees a betrothal between Henry and Elizabeth's daughter, thereby uniting the families and resolving the Cousins War once and for all by founding of the Tudor dynasty.
I didn’t enjoy this one as much as I was expecting.
Margaret Beaufort was just written so unappealing. I don’t believe any person is that one dimensional. I get obsession, I get being religious, but she was written in such a way that that was the only two things she cared about – getting her son (who she really didn’t even know) on the throne, and God.