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The Red Queen

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

37 out of 46 people found this review helpful.

terrific historical biographical fiction

As a child, Margaret Beaufort felt she was destiny's darling and planed to remain pious while pushing the cause of the red Rose of Lancaster. However, her mother rudely awakens her by informing her she is a worthless chip off the old block of England's military command...
As a child, Margaret Beaufort felt she was destiny's darling and planed to remain pious while pushing the cause of the red Rose of Lancaster. However, her mother rudely awakens her by informing her she is a worthless chip off the old block of England's military commander in France; and therefore will be sent to Wales to marry some lord older than her parents. She is quickly widowed at thirteen and forced to marry again. This time she has a son, whom she names Henry after the king. To keep him safe she sends him away but pledges him to the daughter of the White Rose rival York family. Widowed and married this time to Lord Thomas and knowing her son is ready to take the throne from the usurper, Margaret executes a coup.

This is a terrific historical biographical fiction as queen of the sub-genre Philippa Gregory provides her fans with another strong female royal (see The White Queen and The Other Boleyn Girl). Filled with intrigue, murder and betrayal while occurring for the most part in the second half of the fifteenth century, Ms. Gregory focuses this time on a female dynasty maker as Margaret Beaufort proves to be the matriarch of the Tudor line.

Harriet Klausner

posted by harstan on June 19, 2010

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Most Helpful Critical Review

4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

Dissapointing Read

I have been a huge Phillipa Gregory fan and I was deeply disappointed with The Red Queen. Although the character Margaret is accurately portrayed as unappealing and unlikeable there did not appear to a believability to the storyline which was extremely dragged out. I ...
I have been a huge Phillipa Gregory fan and I was deeply disappointed with The Red Queen. Although the character Margaret is accurately portrayed as unappealing and unlikeable there did not appear to a believability to the storyline which was extremely dragged out. I found it hard to stay interested and a bit of a lazy read.

posted by NaomiMT on August 24, 2010

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  • Posted August 24, 2010

    Dissapointing Read

    I have been a huge Phillipa Gregory fan and I was deeply disappointed with The Red Queen. Although the character Margaret is accurately portrayed as unappealing and unlikeable there did not appear to a believability to the storyline which was extremely dragged out. I found it hard to stay interested and a bit of a lazy read.

    4 out of 6 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted September 7, 2010

    Wish I Could Get A Refund

    It is 308 pages of whining - I had to force myself to finish it. Sorely disappointed.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted August 31, 2013

    Boring.

    This story is interesting from a historical standpoint. The telling of it, however is tedious, repetitious and deadly dull. The character of Lady Margaret Beaufort Tudor Stafford is never developed outside her hatred of Yorks and absolute devotion to Lancasters. These themes, and her unshakable belief that she is the English Joan of Arc are repeated page after page till I am brain weary reading it.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 14, 2012

    Dumb

    Stupid book!

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  • Posted May 9, 2011

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    Highly Recommended!

    Wonderful, captivating story from page 1 thru to the end. Appropriate for readers of all ages who appreciate Tudor history. Recommended for book clubs also. Philippa Gregory is a master of storytelling and writes beautifully.

    One star for price gouging.

    0 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted February 9, 2011

    its ok

    this book is ok but not one of my favorites

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 17, 2010

    Garbage

    Hardly a work of scholarship.

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