I just finished Philippa Gregory’s THE RED QUEEN about Margaret Beaufort of the House of Lancaster. The other royal houses were York and Tudor. The book begins when Margaret is twelve in 1453, during King Henry VI’s reign. She believes herself to be saint material and prays for hours everyday. But she is wed at 12 and at 13 bears a son, Henry Tudor, who Margaret devotes her life to setting upon the throne, even though he does not live with her after the age of one.
THE RED QUEEN is filled with intrigue, manipulation, and wars among the houses; however, I found it hard to get through because of the main character. Margaret is just too full of herself, her “calling,” and her self-serving piety. She is about as warm and charitable as a snake, with no redeeming qualities.
Of all the Philippa Gregory books I have read and enjoyed, this was not one of them. I look forward to her new one, THE LADY OF THE RIVERS.