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The Red Queen Audiobook

The Red Queen: A Novel

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Author Philippa Gregory, best-known for her historical novel The Other Boleyn Girl, turns her attention back two generations in The Red Queen, giving the spotlight to Margaret Beaufort, a devout Christian who dedicated her life to putting her son, Henry VII, on the throne. Narrator Bianca Amato takes Margaret from her girlhood as an aspiring nun through her lifelong obsession with regaining the English crown for the house of Lancaster with leisurely pacing and a steady tone. Meanwhile Graeme Malcolm, who takes on narration rights for a few chapters that take place on the battlefield, offers a straightforward look at the real, human toll of medieval power plays.

Margaret was the sole heir to the house of Lancaster, which waged a 30-year war — the War of the Roses — against the house of York for control of England. Married at 13 to Edmund Tudor, she had one son and spent the rest of her days praying that son would become king (and, certain that she was following the will of God, making calculated moves to get him there). While the book doesn’t have the romance and scandal that characterized the reign of Margaret’s grandson, Henry VIII, it offers a sweeping look at the complicated political moves of the day and the women who wielded more influence than history would give them credit for. Gregory’s Margaret is a committed mother, a devoted Lancastrian, and a passionate Catholic, and Amato performs her story with all the requisite emotions: pain at being taken from Henry; fury at the successes of the house of York; righteous, single-minded conviction of God’s will. Amato’s voice — soothing and gentle — makes Margaret’s ambition seem as innocent as a mother wanting her son to ace his math exam, and that makes the last-act reveal of the lengths she’ll go in the name of God and Lancaster that much more chilling. —Blythe Copeland

Publisher's Summary

Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin, Henry VI, fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness. Her mother mocks her plans, revealing that Margaret will always be burdened with the reputation of her father, one of the most famously incompetent English commanders in France. But worst of all for Margaret is when she discovers that her mother is sending her to a loveless marriage in remote Wales.

Listen to An interview with Bianca Amato, narrator of The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory.

©2010 Philippa Gregory Limited. All rights reserved. (P)2010 Simon & Schuster, Inc. All rights reserved.

What the Critics Say

"Nobody does the Tudors better than Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl), so it should come as no surprise that her latest—the War of the Roses as seen through the eyes of Henry VII's mother —is confident, colorful, convincing, and full of conflict, betrayal, and political maneuvering....[L]ike Margaret Beaufort, Gregory puts her many imitators to shame by dint of unequalled energy, focus, and unwavering execution." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Moondust 09-06-16
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    loved it, did follow-up from the White Queen. Would recommend it to anyone loves the history of Yorks and Tudors.

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    Angel33eyes 09-06-16
    Angel33eyes 09-06-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Another hit from Phillipa Gregory!"

    As always, the storyline was amazing. I did struggle with the narrators switching off. I liked the female narrator; however, did not care for the male narrator at all.

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    Diana Køhler 07-25-16 Member Since 2017
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    "A solid follow up to The White Queen"

    The war of the roses was a very interesting time and it is hard not to feel for Elizabeth Woodville and her struggles, but it is even harder not to find some sympathy for Margaret Beaufort being shipped off to marry a man at the age of nine. Her life is built around other people and her life choices and hardship is beautifully portraied in Philippa Gregory's novel.
    A must read for anyone who can't get enough of the rose wars.

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    I can not believe such a woman existed. No wonder the tudor line was so cursed. on numerous occasions I wanted to punch this woman in the face. I am sorry but this woman so angered me. The way she dodged blame.Whine whine whine

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    Luis A. BRONX, NY, United States 03-15-16
    Luis A. BRONX, NY, United States 03-15-16 Member Since 2017
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    "Bible Thumping "

    The author gives the impression that Margaret Beaufort was a bible thumping moron. Who conveniently blames everyone as Godless, and that God is only there to serve her entitled narrow ass. The real Margaret Beaufort was more well rounded than portrayed in this novel.

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    "Love the war of the roses!"

    I loved the tv show on stars and had to get the books for myself! This book is great, however a tad annoying on the main characters side, and the reader is amazing!

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    "Narrator amazing"

    Phillipa Gregory again writes of Tudor/York England in a part of the War of the roses, but it is Bianca Amato that paints the vision. Very well v done.

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    J. E. Adams Chicago, IL 10-17-15
    J. E. Adams Chicago, IL 10-17-15 Member Since 2015

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    "Excelkent!!"

    I wanted to stand up and clap at the end even though this is a familiar story to me. The narrator did an outstanding job with portraying this complicated woman that you could say bordered on determinedly pious and devoted to a cause or just flat out insane!! I still haven't made up my mind. I hope the remainder of the books on this series are as wonderful!!

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    Leslie Smyrna, SC, United States 10-05-15
    Leslie Smyrna, SC, United States 10-05-15 Member Since 2012
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    "wonderful story, fantastic narration "

    loved it the narration was wonderful so much so that I grew to really dislike Margaret.

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    Deborah PERU, NY, United States 07-26-15
    Deborah PERU, NY, United States 07-26-15 Member Since 2016
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    "Slow to get into..."

    ...but really grew to love this book. Margaret was a bit of a loon but one cannot fault her tenacity.

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