In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number-one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes.
The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games, but they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.
At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child brought up in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Her will is tested when she is left widowed and fatherless, with her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Fortune's wheel turns again when Richard rescues Anne from her sister's house, with danger still following Anne, even as she eventually ascends to the throne as queen. Having lost those closest to her, she must protect herself and her precious only child, Prince Edward, from a court full of royal rivals.
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"The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory’s latest. . . . The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick ("The Kingmaker"), vie for their father's favor and a chance at the throne.... In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women's lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory's many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman's point of view will love her latest work." (Library Journal
"Conspiracy and a fight to the death for love and power." (Los Angeles Times)
This was my first book by this author, don't know how I missed her. I have since purchased all her books on good reads and cannot wait to listen to all of them.
I AM RETIRED LOVE TO LISTEN TO AUDIBLE BOOKS IN BED . LOVE SEWING,CRAFTS, AND GOING TO CHURCH.
the story line was great, if you like history and the way they do things then you will like this book. a fast read
the kings wedding
the birth of her baby
the only thing i didnt like was how they treated their mother.
I've listened to several of Philipa Gregory's books and they are all great. I enjoy Bianca Amato's narration as much as any I've heard.
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This book is historically incorrect on many fronts but the most obvious is to suggest Anne Neville wife of Richard III was in any way instrumental in bringing about the disappearance or death of Edward V and Richard Duke of York - whether you believe their deaths were due to Richard III or not is one thing to suggest Anne had anything to do with it is to deny all historical knowledge and evidence. According to chroniclers of the time Robert Brackenbury was under strict orders from the king that anything to do with the Princes could only have been done on receipt of a royal warrant from King Richard himself to suggest he took it on himself at a mere suggestion from Anne is to defame the man's character.
Also Ms Gregory really needs to decide if she is writing an historical novel or a fantasy piece as it is doubtful any person interested in this period of history today would believe Elizabeth Wydville capable of witchcraft.
Furthermore the book is badly written the same points are made again and again and again it is repetitive and tedious in the extreme. There are several instances of use of the present day vernacular which strikes a discordant note in the narrative. I would suggest this book was written to appeal to a young audience who would not know or care about historical detail.
All in all I would not recommend this book.
I especially love hearing the story from all the different viewpoints of the women involved. Everyone learns the story of Richard III and the princes in the tower in school but never like Ms Gregory tells it.
I think in this case the áudio version is more attractive than the print version because sometimes the story is monotonous, focusing on Richard Neville's ambitions. I believe the audio version allows the reader to go through these parts of the story without losing interest in the events. In the print version, the reader can be tempted to leave it.
Of course I will. I love Philippa Gregory's books. She is an amazing author, using historical facts to tell a story and focusing on female characters, at a time where (and when) power was centered in the hands of men.
Bianca Amarto was able to present in his account the changes occurred with the Neville girls, especially Anne. It can be seen during the narrative that Anne is no longer an insecure girl to become a woman who wants to fulfill her father's ambitions - to become Queen of England.
I loved this book, because when comparing it with "The White Queen" and "The Red Queen", it is clear that a story always has two sides. Not that the Cousins' War has more than one version, but the role of each of those involved in the events varies depending on who is telling the story. Isabel and Anne Neville, appear as subserviente women and unable, in this book were describe as women who secretly desire the throne of England.
Great story coming from Anne Nevilles' point of view. I really enjoyed The Lady Rivers and even the Red Queen, I got interested on the books after watching the White Queen on television so glad I decided to listen to the book series.
there are so many stories about the Hundred Year War and the cousins War and the Lancaster and York and all that that you just don't know what to believe I know this is fiction but .....
The first half of this is fine, then it really goes down hill - becoming increasingly shallow and hystrionic. Not to mention Way Off Piste in terms of historical accuracy. Some of that is OK and even necessary in historical novels, but this just seems gratuitous, and in the end, makes the book feel silly. Very Good narration - but that couldn't save it.
Bianco did a lovely job.
I have been a fan of Philippa Gregory's since The Other Boleyn. I was not disappointed with this one. Her writing is superb and the storytelling well-paced and engaging.
I have never read the printed version
I just love Philippa Gregory's books and find it difficult to pick one out of the many and this wife of Richard the 3rd does play such an important role in English history.
Margaret the mother of Henry the 7th. She just never gave up
It was sad that she died so young.
"Six out of ten"
Overall I enjoyed this and I wanted to hear it all. However I have some comments.
I know the use of a neutral narrator is a literary device used to anchor the story; but I found the narrator in the story not so much neutral as vacant. This impression was emphasised by the delivery of the reader, which I found overly naive and bewildered. She could have started to get on my nerves. She also had some strange pronounciations - Mar'n for Martin, La'n for Latin, Burr-wick for Berwick, and Beaulieu as if it were French are a few examples. Perhaps they are historically correct, but I found they jarred.
As the relationships are so complex, with kings coming and going, sometimes more than once each, marrying their cousins, and everybody being called either Henry or Richard, Anne or Margaret, there is a lot of repetition along the lines of " My mother reminded me that A was my greatuncle, the second son of my great grandfather by his second wife B, who was the daughter of C. How could he do this to me? I was the daughter of C, one of his oldest friends who had fought with him at the Battle of X before he changed sides and joined forces with D ?" etc.
Not really bad but not fantastic either.
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