Title: The Red Queen
Author: Philippa Gregory
Series: The Cousins War
Previous Book in the Series:
1. The White Queen
Date Started: July 16
Date Finished: July 17
Format: Hardcover from local library
Villains aren’t born, they’re made. I think that runs really true when you read The Red Queen and understand how Margaret Beaufort – or if you’ve read The Constant Princess, you’ll know her as the stubborn King Henry VII’s mother – came to be. She starts out as a child of nine who wants to devote her life to the church, but her mother has other plans for her. She contracts her daughter to marry Edmund Tudor, and at twelve the couple weds. Before she’s fourteen, she has a son and is widowed. Her story should end there, but it doesn’t. She had a son and he is third in line to the throne of England for the house of Lancaster. What follows is another tale of the Cousins War with more political intrigue, but this time from the other side of things.
I want to say that I enjoyed The Red Queen as much as I did The White Queen but that would be a lie. I didn’t like this book as much as the last one. In fact, for most of the 377 pages I wanted to reach in and strangle the hell out of Margaret Beaufort. Like I get where she was coming from, really. At the beginning I really felt for her injustice, she’s a young girl who gets contracted to marry at the age of nine and gets married at twelve. At thirteen she has to go through the craziness of childbirth, and at fourteen she’s married off again and taken from her son. So, yes, I get her problem, but to go on every five minutes in complaint that she’s chosen by God. Get over yourself, lady. What’s hilarious about that too is as the book goes on she gets really power hungry like Queen Elizabeth did in The White Queen. So much for a life dedicated to the church.
Final Rating: 4 out of 5 stars. Not a bad read and sequel, if you can stomach Margaret’s belly moaning.
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