The Red Queen

The Red Queen

Book - 2010 | 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
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The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen , #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life Margaret Beaufort, heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, who charts her way through treacherous alliances to take control of the English throne.

Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her Lancaster house is the true ruler of England, and that she has a great destiny before her. Married to a man twice her age, quickly widowed, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son on the throne of England regardless of the cost to herself, to England, and even to the little boy. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she names him Henry, like the king; sends him into exile; and pledges him in marriage to her enemy Elizabeth of York's daughter. As the political tides constantly move and shift, Margaret masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of all time--all the while knowing that her son has grown to manhood, recruited an army, and awaits his opportunity to win the greatest prize in all of England.

The Red Queen is a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, the story of a proud and determined woman who believes that she alone is destined, by her piety and lineage, to shape the course of history.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2010
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416563723
Branch Call Number: FIC Greg
Characteristics: 382 p. : map, geneal. table ; 24 cm


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RenGrrl May 02, 2011

Another wonderful book from Philippa Gregory. The War of the Roses told from the opposite side as the White Queen, she gives a good perspective on the waste and futility of civil war.

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Aug 22, 2020

COUSINS' WAR: book 3

Sep 15, 2019

The book itself was okay. The story was interesting at times but I hated the main character, Margaret Beaufort. She's supposed to be this pious saint of a woman and yet all she does is blame others for her misfortunes. I was angry that she triumphed in the end.

Dec 26, 2018

Book 3 of the series

Sep 16, 2018

The Red Queen is a book about a girl named Mare Barrow who lives in a world divided by the colour of a person’s blood. The people with silver blood are considered elite and have abilities that allow them to rule over those with red blood who have no abilities of their own. The story follows Mare, a poor red girl who has three brothers conscripted into a war, a father who is missing a lung and a mother. She has no skills and relies on stealing from other people in her village while her sister is skilled in sowing and is an apprentice to a wealthy sower. Mare has a best friend Kilorn who is a fisher, but his master dies and he will soon be sent to war. When Mare follows her sister up to the silver palace to help her, a message comes from the scarlet guard who are trying to make reds equal to the silvers. A riot breaks out and Mare’s sister’s sowing hand is crushed and she is unable to use it. Feeling awful, she goes out at night to steal and passes a bar, meeting Cal who turns out to be a prince and lands her a job as a maid to the high silvers. She leaves her home and while serving the silvers around an area where the selection for the next Queen is held, she falls and discovers that she has an ability as well. One problem- she has red blood. The king and Queen decide to betroth her to their second son and pretend she is a lost silver princess in order to hide her true identity. She lives life on the edge on a knife, trying to learn how to be silver and becomes friends with her betrothed, Maven. They join the scarlet Guard and become friends, but everything is not as it seems and she is soon betrayed by her friend and forced to fight for her life. I would give this book 5/5 stars because it is so amazing and intriguing and keeps you interested at every point. I definitely recommend it.
@skybooks of the Hamilton Public Library Teen Review Board

Apr 19, 2018

In some ways, Gregory has become a victim of her own success. Her early novels were masterpieces of vivid detail and subtle characterization; unfortunately, she seems to be resting on those laurels instead of breaking new ground. "The Red Queen" is like watching an Academy Award nominated actress phoning in her lines; disappointing and frustrating because we know she's capable of much better work. "The Red Queen"'s Lady Margaret Beaufort is a villain, yes, but she's an exceedingly dull villain. Oh, she's not greedy or lustful or anything fun like that. She's just a pious complainer, and she complains over and over and over again. And she's not even partially true to life; she's basically a 20th century woman in a 15th century body. She admires Joan of Arc (????!!!!!) which is as ridiculous as one of George III's kids admiring George Washington. An English noblewoman--especially a pious English noblewoman in the 1400's---would have thought Joan was a blasphemous witch who deserved burning. Gregory has written some great books; "The Red Queen" isn't one of them.

SaraLovesBooks Sep 07, 2016

Philippa Gregory's books tend to be history in name only, but this one was one of the worst. I hated her rendition of Margaret Beaufort, especially her obsession with Joan of Arc. That made absolutely no sense. At the time Margaret lived, as an Englishwoman, she would have considered Joan a heretic, not a saint.

I have enjoyed other novels of Philippa Gregory, since she tells a good yarn, but this one was terrible. Give it a miss.

Feb 05, 2016

I am not a big fan of this book, there were too many reasons why I wouldn't recommend this book. It was very repetitive, I am not sure why the author decided to remind the readers of what they already read in the previous chapter. Margaret, the main character, was a self righteous "cow", who only looked after her own selfish needs, but thought it was the will of God and her family. This was not a good read for me at all.

Nov 23, 2015

Gregory adds to the picture of the end of the War of the Roses with this book about Margaret Beaufort, Henry VII's obsessive mother. A must read to complement an understanding of Margaret's motivations and character.

Kdmullerspy Sep 21, 2014

liked the book but hated the narrator! She's manipulative, hypocritical, and just plain annoying. Go Yorks!!!!!!

Jul 28, 2013

The companion book to the White Queen. I liked Elizabeth Woodville much more than Margaret Beaufort who was too pious for my taste. I am looking forward to reading the rest of the series though.

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Aug 01, 2012

The Red Queen follows Margaret Beaufort from just before she marries Owen Tudor to until after her son wins the crown. It's told in the first person, like The White Queen, and the whole series is a bit heavy on first person self-talk. And, Philippa Gregory's Margaret is an obnoxious, whiny, self-righteous snot. She really isn't a sympathetic character. But I'm assuming this book will be a necessary read to fully grasp the complexities of Gregory's upcoming book on Elizabeth of York, daughter of The White Queen & daughter-in-law of The Red Queen.


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