From the number-one New York Times best-selling author behind the upcoming Starz original series The White Princess, a gripping new Tudor story featuring King Henry VIII's sisters Mary and Margaret, along with Katherine of Aragon, vividly revealing the pivotal roles the three queens played in Henry VIII's kingdom.
As sisters they share an everlasting bond; As queens they can break each other's hearts.
When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined - with Margaret's younger sister Mary - to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.
©2016 Philippa Gregory (P)2016 Simon & Schuster, Inc.
"Narrator Bianca Amato, as usual, excels with Gregory's material.... Amato subsumes herself into the story and puts the focus on the world that Gregory is reanimating rather than her narration." (AudioFile)
The problem with this book is that the Scottish Queen was a very strong historical figure and the writer characterizes her as a jealous, whining woman over concerned with her love life. I don't believe that anyone who accomplished what she did during those times could be as petty as she is portrayed and as clueless to the consequences of her choices or her lack of power in a male world. It wasn't believable to me. And the Jealousy card was played over and over and over again.
This seemed to be a whole book about Margaret Tudor never really figuring out how to be anything except an envious teenager-like character. Maybe she was like this. I haven't read enough factual accounts of her to say. It became quite tedious to listen to even though the narrator was great.
The writing is fine and the narration is good, but the author makes an insurmountable storytelling mistake in forcing the reader to endure an intolerable main character without any relief. It's unendurable and I could not finish the book. Margaret is an unrelenting idiot, and I just couldn't stand her anymore. I wish the author had allowed us to spend time with someone in the historical narrative that we could admire, relate to, or empathize with.
This audio book was just as I expected! Three Sisters, Three Queens kept me entertained with all the rich and deceitful people in Tudor times. I love all the twists and unexp ected turns her characters have to endure. Phillipa Gregory's novel was worth the wait! I only hope she's penning another one, now. Her narrator Bianca Amato is one of the best in her field, she's brings life to every character!
I have read every book she has ever written and this book is as wonderful as the many others. I am always so impressed by the research and dedication she puts into her novels and her striking ability to fill in the gaps of what is known with honest thought and an amazing desire to bring these women into focus in a way that can only be done by taking the facts and carefully building a story around them. In the end I have always felt that she, above all other writers in historical fiction is able to so carefully bring into our imaginations possible and likely personalities to these great women who lived in a time most of us will have a near impossible time relating to. I recommend this book and the incredible narrator to anyone who loves to know more about these historical times. Nobody can transport you through time better than Phillipa Gregory! Also, if you have not read her other books I recommend them all. As my favorite writer she continues to impress me and she writes books that I am so eager to read that I go through them with a swift hunger for more. Her books have taught me so much about history and the various Kings, Queens, and customs of the time that my husband, a historian and archaeologist, concedes that I know more facts about the royal families of England than he does! Enjoy!
British ex-pat living in NC. Have more personalities than Sybil which is reflected in my choice of books! Frustrated writer at heart.
I know that this falls under 'Historical Fiction' however Philippa Gregory is a scholar of history and her knowledge of the Tudor period is impeccable. I'd like to think of this book as a type of historical 'alternative'.
From the title it is apparent that this is a story about three Queens however I felt that it was a journey back through time observing three very diverse women and the people around them. Personally however I felt that they were pawns as in a game of chess being manipulated by the men around them. One Queen too busy being a martyr, another too weak and flighty and the last Queen who evolves from a feeble young girl like an acorn into a strong oak tree. She becomes resilient and canny enough to stick to her guns in order to change her situation.
This is the first book that I have listened to that I have physically seethed at one of the characters and yelled out loud "Grow a back bone woman"! There is a male character that I got so angry with that I was grinding my teeth every time he came on the scene.
I was engrossed from the first sentence. It has a pulse. Bianca Amato, as usual , breaths life into every word which makes it rush by far too fast.
So few authors develop the character of Margaret, sister of Henry VIII. I feel that I have traveled back in time. Must admit that I shed a few tears and even shared some pride when I watched through a Mother's eyes a son grew from a babe in arms into a strong King.
I loved this book. A thoroughly enjoyable read.
The best historical fiction writer of them all has done it again! I have been anxiously awaiting the release of Philippa Gregory's latest novel, "Three Sisters, Three Queens," and downloaded it the day it came available. I was not disappointed!
As always, Bianca Amato's performance is impeccable! "Three Sisters, Three Queens" explores the lives of three women, perhaps not as familiar to us as the likes of the Boleyns or the Parrs. We have the opportunity to look more closely at Margaret and Mary, sisters of King Henry VIII, and his first wife, Catherine of Aragon. Passions, betrayals, masques, and jousts, Gregory does not disappoint.
This is the usual Philippa Gregory quality of historical novel. However, with this title I expected more first person narrative on all three women. The novel is written in the first person of Margaret, Queen of Scotland, and older sister to Henry VIII. I was a little disappointed about this. I am not sorry I have purchased this book, just feeling a little misled.
The Tudors and their period are endlessly fascinating. They lived large and changed history. How could they not be fascinating. This story centers on Margaret, the older sister of Henry VIII and the wife of James Stewart of Scotland. She would be the mother of another James and the great grandmother of James the First of the United Kingdom. Life was not easy for women in the 16th Century, not even, or especially not, for princesses. They were pawns in the royal game, used and abused by the shifting axes of power.
The author does an admirable job of using fiction to breathe life into her historical characters. The story is fascinating and the fictionalization plausible. The narrator does an excellent job. When I wasn't listening, I was impatient to get back to the story.
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