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3.00005454049632 out of 53.00005454049632 out of 53.00005454049632 out of 53.00005454049632 out of 53.00005454049632 out of 5 3.00 (18,335 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cousins’ War Series Release Date:
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The second book in the Cousins’ War series by #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory, The Red Queen moves to the Lancaster side in the story of a determined woman who believes she is destined to shape the course of history.

Believing that her piety and lineage have destined her for greatness beyond her ordinary looks and expedient marriage, Margaret Beaufort is determined to see her son Henry on the throne of England—no matter the cost. After constant battles kill any other claimants, the little boy is the last Lancaster male to bear a claim to the throne.

Sending her son out of the country to keep him safe and betrothing him to her enemy Queen Elizabeth Woodville’s daughter, Margaret feigns loyalty to King Richard III and marries one of his faithful supporters—all while laying secret plans for the battle between the houses of York and Lancaster that will see her son the King of England.

When King Richard’s only son dies, Margaret launches her plan with a deadly command that strikes to the heart of the White Queen. Henry Tudor invades from France and with the support of Margaret’s husband defeats the King’s army, gaining the throne and sealing his marriage to the White Rose princess. The ultimate triumph belongs to Lady Margaret; she has founded the greatest dynasty that England will ever know: the Tudors.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “There is more bitching, double-dealing and downright skulduggery than in an entire series of The Thick Of It, and a splendidly bloody climax to boot. Delightful escapism.” 

    Times (London)

  • “Gregory is a serious historian who steeps herself in source materials.” 

    Daily Telegraph (London)

  • “The Red Queen is a vivid and compelling evocation of a turbulent period.” 

    Daily Express 

  • “Sexy…scandalous…smart.” 


  • A New York Times Bestseller
  • A USA Today Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Michael | 1/29/2017

    " If you ever wondered what life was like wonder no more! This book perfectly depicts what life could have been like. Leaves you full of mixed emotions for real life characters history has forgotten! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Lizzie Bissett | 2/18/2014

    " Second time reading this, as first time found it a bit hard going. Still found it a struggle although the last two chapters make up for it. Margaret Beaufort is such a hard character to warm to which is a big part of the problem but still an interesting life story. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by Elizabeth_woodville | 2/3/2014

    " Not as good as TWQ! 4.5 stars! Margaret was a smart girl, with a very big passion for religion and a quick-mind! Good story with a good storyboard! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Sheila Ward | 1/27/2014

    " Being a Ricardian (supporter of Richard III) I was prepared to read this book with an open mind. However I found myself wanting to slap the younger Margaret. It is good to read a book on the period which doesn't automatically assume that Richard III killed his nephews and even hints that Margaret herself could have done it. I did actually find myself having some sympathy for Margaret - even though she was from a noble house, she wasn't immune to being expected to do what her family wanted regardless of her own feelings. However, I would have liked to have known more about Margaret's life after her husband murders the annointed king on behalf of her son and how her relationship with Elizabeth of York develops. "

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