The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory
This is the story of Margaret Beaufort who was on the Lancaster side of
the War of the Roses. This complements the first in the series, The
White Queen and as such this is what makes this story somewhat
Margaret is married at age twelve to a Welsh lord
just so that he may have an heir and she may produce a possible heir to
the throne which she does. Margaret is a religious zealot who believes
herself to be on a mission similar to Joan of Arc.
widowed at an early age and infiltrates the York side in order to
undermine the king and his heirs and to ensure that her son, Henry of
Tudor gains his rightful place on the throne. This time she has picked a
man who self-interest is in preservation of his own skin and although
he treats her well tends to thwart her attempts. Her next husband is not
so wise a choice.
Margaret is a hateful pious character and
with the exception of the 'other' side being brought to light, this
story would be a miss for me.
First Line: "The light of the open sky is brilliant after the darkness of the inner rooms."