"There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other."
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.
United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband, James IV of Scotland. But Margaret's boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret's proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.
©2016 Philippa Gregory (P)2016 Simon & Schuster
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"Another great historical novel from Gregory"
In the author's notes Phillips Gregory says that very little is known about Margaret Tudor, sister of Henry VIII and Queen of Scotland. She has taken that knowledge and woven a vast story around it, full of family rivalries, love and adventure. It is well told, although possibly a little too long. The narration is excellent. The overriding theme - that women, however royal, have been the chattels of men throughout history - is presented very persuasively, and such is the power of Gregory's story telling that it is hard to see which aspects of Margaret Tudor's life are based on historical facts, and which are entirely assumed. I enjoyed it very much
it was a good story but got fed up with the poor me all the time 😕.
"A Queens story like she told it herself 500 years"
thank you for this great listen. put my hand up to wash up so i could listen in peace.
"oh wow. so bad. "
I used to like philippa gregory but this is seriously over indulgent stuff. so very repetitive and frankly dull
the interest in this story has everything to do with history and very little to do with the writing. most of it is the speaker moaning about her lot in life. i got so so sick of hearing the words "I am Queen Regent" said in the same self-entitled tone every time. i feel like those words are plastered on the back of my skull.
the narrator's voice is irritatingly posh. she has one scottish accent for all the various Scottish men portrayed and her french accent slips into russian fairly regularly. that added humour.
high point was the author's note at the end. genuinely.
I'm asking myself why I made myself finish it... maybe I secretly loved it? think it was so I could wrote this review hand on heart knowing I'd given the book a fair hearing.
if i can stop one person paying for and wasting their time on this then I'll consider my charitable work for the year done. just save yourselves!
I really enjoy Phillips Gregory books. The narrator was clear and well spoken. I enjoy this type of fictional history
"Bringing history to life."
A wonderful story, entwined with real historic events. A must buy. Thoroughly enjoyed the story and narration.
this was a really good listen history at its best. descriptions were true to the past. I really enjoyed it all.
"Brilliant just brilliant!"
Loved it from start to finish - Another amazing story in which Phillipa brings history to life in her own special way.
"Amazing insight into history"
such a well known story told from a different perspective. leaves you wanting to follow the history onwards with the wider perspective through Henry's reign onwards into Elizabeths rule
"she's done it again"
brilliant story,based on true facts it captures the struggle of women in the tudor age
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