The war of the roses was a very interesting time and it is hard not to feel for Elizabeth Woodville and her struggles, but it is even harder not to find some sympathy for Margaret Beaufort being shipped off to marry a man at the age of nine. Her life is built around other people and her life choices and hardship is beautifully portraied in Philippa Gregory's novel.
A must read for anyone who can't get enough of the rose wars.
It was a good book
I can not believe such a woman existed. No wonder the tudor line was so cursed. on numerous occasions I wanted to punch this woman in the face. I am sorry but this woman so angered me. The way she dodged blame.Whine whine whine
The author gives the impression that Margaret Beaufort was a bible thumping moron. Who conveniently blames everyone as Godless, and that God is only there to serve her entitled narrow ass. The real Margaret Beaufort was more well rounded than portrayed in this novel.
Phillipa Gregory again writes of Tudor/York England in a part of the War of the roses, but it is Bianca Amato that paints the vision. Very well v done.
I wanted to stand up and clap at the end even though this is a familiar story to me. The narrator did an outstanding job with portraying this complicated woman that you could say bordered on determinedly pious and devoted to a cause or just flat out insane!! I still haven't made up my mind. I hope the remainder of the books on this series are as wonderful!!
loved it the narration was wonderful so much so that I grew to really dislike Margaret.
...but really grew to love this book. Margaret was a bit of a loon but one cannot fault her tenacity.
Yes, her painting of life in the era is impeccable. She probably stays true to who Margaret was, but she was not someone I'd have as a friend or even a acquaintance. I think if you were to count the number of times she said that she was "called by God" or something to that effect, it would be several times per chapter.
That said, it was a fascinating listen, replete with the drama of the age and I didn't find myself wanting to walk away from the book. I was just annoyed with Margaret - a lot - during the entire book.
It was good. No spoilers - her son, Henry Tudor becomes Henry VII which is an historic fact.
I liked the battles, which were told and narrated from another point of view.
As long as Margaret didn't say she was "called by God" constantly.