The Women Of The Cousins' War: The Duchess, The Queen, And The King's Mother (2011)
The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother (2011)
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1451629540 (ISBN13: 9781451629545)
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This was a great companion to Gregory's fictional works The Lady of the Rivers, The White Queen, and The Red Queen (all books I've previously enjoyed). I like how the authors mix facts with speculation because so little is really known about the lives of these women during medieval times. I appreciated the fact that they often acknowledged ideas put forth by other historians but used evidence to support their own conclusions. Simply, I really enjoyed reading this book, written by three different historians focusing on three different historical figures - women, who lived in the time of the Wars of Roses, respectively.Perhaps, it was rather a coincidence but when Michael Jones, the author of the third story, suddenly stops his smooth flow of narrative on Margaret Beaufort and begins to remind readers of alternative scenario at - in his words - 'pivotal point' in the story, to fulfil the responsibility as 'a historian', readers could be expected to return to one of key issues argued in the Introduction, by Philippa Gregory, - the relationship between a writer/a narrator and a historian.Personally, Elizabeth Woodville's unfortunate later years, told by David Baldwin, and her humble will quoted fully onto the book impressed me the most.
This book emphasizes great reason to feeling blessed that we do not live in the fifteenth century.
I enjoyed this book after reading about all three women in Philippa's books.
the story of the dutchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother
A nice history lesson for the pre-Tudor era.
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