I have always thought Margaret Beaufort warranted an historical novel, her life cannot have been easy, she lived through some pretty interesting times and survived and saw her son become king . But I have to say that in this novel she is a most unlikeable character, rather whiney and clueless, my sympathies were not with her. There are in fact few likeable characters in this novel at all, none with much depth. Most of the players do not even get onto the stage, instead there is a lot of her bemoaning her fate. I did listen to the whole thing, and the narration was ok, but this is not what I had hoped.
The central character was so whiny I could barely stand it. Not much depth to the story or the characters. Move on there are so many other wonderful books out there.
I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
I like a lot of what Gregory writes and I have really enjoyed the series, The Cousins War. The Red Queen answers many questions about Henry VII, his origins and his fight to take the crown of England. I found all of this very interesting and of course the narration is perfect.
Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII was single minded to the point of madness. Every move she made, every thought she had was to put her son on the thrown. What is hard to stomach is the hypocrisy in her belief that she was doing God's will and of course God's will always agreed with hers. She is so blind to everything but what she perceives as God's/her will, that she never sees her hypocrisy and her own sin. Her pride and her need to be recognized as "My Lady, the King's Mother" no matter who it hurts or what havoc it creates is truly breathtaking.
It makes her that rare main character that it is nearly impossible to like or sympathize with. It is a tribute to Phillipa Gregory that the story is still fascinating and very entertaining. Gregory does an immense amount of research and my own research agrees with much of hers. Many of the royal traditions in England today are a direct result of Margaret Beaufort's edicts in order to make her son's reign more legitimate than any other at that time. I highly recommend the book, but don't expect to love the main character.
I am glad i did not pay attention to some of the negative reviews that this book got. It was just as exciting as the first and I got a look at the story from a different point of view. I hated Lady Margret from beginning to end and I cant wait to find out what will become of her. Love this great series.
Definitely. The story was tight and the character was brilliant.
The White Queen, which is the story of Katherine Woodville, the other side of the cousin's war.
When it's pointed out to Margaret Beaufort that perhaps the reason that she is so close to God is because when she prays, God conveniently tells her to do whatever it is that she wanted to do in the first place.
Margaret Beaufort, the (pro?) tagonist.
What an unforgettable character! That the whole English speaking world was altered irrevocably by this force of nature is breathtaking. The ways that she convinces herself that she'd doing God's bidding is intriguing.
I am really not in to romance.. I like historic writing the are fiction but follow closely to historic time lines.
She was a wee bit insane.
Her second husband. Poor man, she was pushy
I think the White Queen was a better story but without the Red Queen it would lose its Rival.
The second in the series and my first thought is these women were not Red or White Queens but drama queens. Both women focus on their plight in life never realizing they are better off than most of the women of their time. That is not to agree things were nasty and rough but the dwelling on their hardships bogs the story. The Red Queen is sure she is serving God, even when husband #3 comments,"it is interesting God always wants the same thing you want.' The White Queen is the mother of Henry Tutor so the outcome of the story is not the question. The backbiting process of achieveing the historical result is the story. This is not one of those books where a reader can eagerly read the last chapter. Another interesting twist is parts of this listen echo the events from The White Queen only from the other woman's point of view. Philippa Gregory has dovetailed these 2 books and at the same time each could stand alone. Great writing!
i have read a lot her books and i usually love them but this character drove me crazy!! maybe that is the point...all i can say is that i only finished listening to it out of stubborness
Say something about yourself!
The narrator is beyond irritating. The book or rather the part I could suffer through was really bad. Granted I got through about the first hour and could take no more waspy, English accented talk of saints and praying.
I am a big Philippa Gregory fan. However, Margarette Beauford's endless whining about her own faith, entitlement and destiny was just annoying. I only wish audible had a fast forward, so I could skip through the main character's boring drone and get to what was in fact, an interesting story.