The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

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The second book in the’ Cousins’ War’ series, brings to life the story of Margaret Beaufort, a shadowy and mysterious character in the first book of the series – The White Queen – but who now takes centre stage in the bitter struggle of The War of the Roses. The Red Queen tells the story of the child-bride of Edmund Tudor, who, although widowed in her early teens, uses her determination of character and wily plotting to infiltrate the house of York under the guise of loyal friend and servant, undermine the support for Richard III and ultimately ensure that her only son, Henry Tudor, triumphs as King of England. Through collaboration with the dowager Queen Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret agrees a betrothal between Henry and Elizabeth’s daughter, thereby uniting the families and resolving the Cousins War once and for all by founding of the Tudor dynasty.

Reviewed by Blank Books

“There was a difference of opinion about the Red Queen. Some disliked her, others found her interesting and her qualities of drive and strength were unwavering. This book provokes much discussion”

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Bring up the bodies by Hilary Mantel

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By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’s son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’s second wife, for whose sake Henry has broken with Rome and created his own church. But Henry’s actions have forced England into dangerous isolation. Sequel to Wolf Hall.

Reviewed by Meon Valley Reading Group

Enjoyable, very descriptive, well researched and a good insight to court life. Half the book club members loved it and half thought it a little wordy and boring. It has however been the best book this book club has read so far.

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