Winning. Philippa Gregory’s latest work of historical fiction is titled, The Red Queen, and presents England’s War of the Roses from the perspective of Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry Tudor, who went on to be King Henry VII. Everything in this novel is from Margaret’s perspective, and her intense focus on positioning her only son to reign pays off in the end, as she collaborates and schemes to advance him whenever she can. There’s treachery and battles and intrigue on these pages, but in the end, this is a story of a mother’s devotion to her son. I don’t know whether Gregory’s history matches that of scholars of this period, but I found the novel quick to read and generally entertaining.
Rating: Three-star (Recommended)
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