In this unique illustrated presentation, Gregory and her fellow historians describe the extraordinary lives of the heroines of her Cousins’ War books: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England; and Margaret Beaufort, the founder of the Tudor dynasty.
In her essay on Jacquetta, Philippa Gregory uses original documents, archaeology and histories of myth and witchcraft to create the first-ever biography of the young duchess who was to survive two reigns and two wars to become the first lady at two rival courts. David Baldwin, established author on the Wars of the Roses, tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the first commoner to marry a king of England for love, and Michael Jones, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, writes of Margaret Beaufort, the almost-unknown matriarch of the House of Tudor.
In the Foreword Gregory writes revealingly about the differences between history and historical fiction. How much of a role does speculation play in writing each? How much fiction and how much fact should there be in a historical novel? How are female historians changing our view of women in history?
The Women of the Cousins’ War is illustrated with rare portraits and source materials. As well as offering fascinating insights into the inspirations behind Philippa Gregory’s fiction, it will appeal to all with an interest in this period.
©2011 Philippa Gregory, Mike Jones, David Baldwin (P)2011 Simon & Schuster Audio. All rights reserved.
"[Gregory] again brings insight to English history, recreating the power struggle between two of the nation's most notable women in a tale fresh for modern readers. There's no question that she is the best at what she does." (Associated Press)
Very informative book and I am happy someone is taking the time to write about these women as there is not much out there and I find them so interesting. I love Phillipa Gregory's style. She keeps me interested, my favorite book is the Queens Fool but I truly love all her work. I am planning to listen a second time in case I missed anything. I am always wishing there were more. For any fan I recommend this book.
I have no idea how this compares to the printed version, but the narratives make it very interesting and I couldn't stop once I started listening. It was very interesting to learn how the historical novels are filled out from the known facts, which can sometimes be pretty flimsy, especially when women are involved. It requires some good detective work and supposition to tie facts and events together into a likely, logical course of events.
The insight into the thinking of the medieval times based on available letters and other documents that still exist or are referenced by other documentation.
She does a fantastic job of narrating an interesting story.
It makes me grateful to live in the times I do-women in medieval times had to be very clever and creative to make up for being treated as chattel and property during very turbulent times. The wrong alliances could cost your life if not your freedom. Marriage to a man who would be kind and respectful was by chance, and often they were by necessity not for love but for political or financial reasons.
This book is best for people who've already read her other books - or like me have read them all. It's a terrific conversation about the differences between a novel and a history book. I wish that more writer's of Gregory's abilities wrote history books.
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