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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: August 2010 ISBN: 9781442304895
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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 a story of a determined woman who believes she is destined to shape the course of history.

Believing that her piety and lineage has 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—regardless of the cost. And 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. Download and start listening now!

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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.” 

    Redbook

  • 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 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 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 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 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Margie | 1/23/2014

    " Enjoyed! Great read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pauline Holman | 1/22/2014

    " An ok read, but nothing spectacular. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Kim | 1/11/2014

    " I loved The Other Boleyn Girl & had high hopes for this. Sorry, this was awful. I kept waiting for something interesting to happen, but it was so repetitive...my son must be king at any cost, blah blah blah. There was very little character development and a confusing, boring storyline. Don't waste your time. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Mo | 1/10/2014

    " I have not read the White Queen but thought this was good on it's own. It is very similar to her other Tudor/period books. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Designer Girl;) | 1/8/2014

    " I think its not really for my age, but I'll read it again when i'm older...lol "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Susan Burris | 1/8/2014

    " NOt the best. I guess The Other Boelyn Girl can't be beat. The protagonist in this one was a hypocritical and obnoxious person to have to spend 300+ pages with. I found it boring and tedious for the most part. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Llinda P. | 12/20/2013

    " Phillipa Gregory makes history come to life. Wonderful follow-up to The White Queen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Meredith | 10/21/2013

    " This was good but not as good as other Gregory books. I enjoy English historical fiction so naturally I was going to like it. Of course it is always amazing what lengths individuals will go through for power and wealth. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Courtney Andresen | 9/22/2013

    " I got through this one quite quickly although I didn't feel the same empathy with the main character as I did with The White Queen. Still eager for the next tale... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan Arscott | 9/22/2013

    " Didn't like this as much as the White Queen because the protagonist was so unlikable. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Chapell Sears | 9/11/2013

    " Wonderful story of a woman who give up on herself and her son who became the king of England. I love how Ms. Gregory used Margaret of Anjou as a power house and show that women were superior in the medieval times of the 15th century to 16th century. I love it! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 3/31/2013

    " I enjoyed this story very much. Of course a lot of the story is made up but it uses real events as well. It makes history accessible and it makes you look into it further. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Caroljforrester | 2/6/2013

    " It's a good book, it's such a shame that I despised the main character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Julia Rose Grey | 1/19/2013

    " Excellent! Philippa Gregory has a way of making history come alive so that the dates of events stick in my mind. I can actually remember who is who in this time of English royal conflict. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 English Woman | 11/20/2012

    " I adore historical novels and I'm very well read on this particular period of history - but it was boring and long winded and I didn't have the patience to finish it. Well researched, interesting but just not my cup of tea! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ev | 11/10/2012

    " I adore Gregory's books but this is not one of her best - although should be read for the historical context (despite the errors). A story of powerful women in a dangerous era. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 K.B. Walker | 10/17/2012

    " Thank goodness I live in the 21st century! "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Tanya | 9/25/2012

    " I wouldn't recommend reading this book if you have read any of the others in the series as it is a regeratation of the same only from a different point of view. Sadly I had bought the whole series on sale in on book shopping trip :( very disappointing! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Paitsgreekgirl | 9/24/2012

    " Although the character in the book is hard to like, Gregory is a thorough writer of historical fiction and I have enjoyed all her books. I look forward to reading the rest of the series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pat | 2/11/2012

    " An easy read and a reminder of the History Plays of Shakespeare. The characters are well drawn. Such a hectic time in England's history. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Michele Bouffard | 12/15/2011

    " Loved it! Didn't think I'd warm up to Margaret Beaufort after reading The White Queen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amy St pierre | 8/12/2011

    " Not her best novel but keeps you attention "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/15/2011

    " This was a hard book for me to read just because Margaret Beaufort was such an unlikable character. Ms Gregory has accomplished bringing this lady to life. A period of British history I did not know much about. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 JoAnn | 5/13/2011

    " enjoyed this second part of the "Cousin's War" from Philippa Gregory. It didn't hold me quite as much as "The White Queen," but I think the character wasn't quite as full of life either. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tarachiapelli | 5/8/2011

    " Great story, very interested in read more of the war of the roses. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Three/Jana | 5/7/2011

    " Out of all of P. Gregory's books that I've read, this one was the worst. I hated the main character and her self-serving holiness. On and on about her fanatical beliefs in herself, her family, God, Joan of Arc - I almost didn't finish the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kim | 5/6/2011

    " As usual, Gregory has done an amazing job of combining historical facts, myth and fiction. Theme is rather unidimensional - about a woman's insatiable ambition to put her son (Henry Tudor) on the throne of England. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Amy | 5/5/2011

    " Enjoyed the history but didn't like the writing of this book. I was pretty much bored half way through of the style and of the character. Disappointed after enjoying the first one in the series. "

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About the Author
Author Philippa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory is an internationally bestselling author of historical novels. She earned her BA from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from Edinburgh University. She is the author of the Wideacre trilogy, the Earthly Joys series, and the Tudor series, which includes the enormously successful book The Other Boleyn Girl. There are currently over a million copies of The Other Boleyn Girl in print in the US alone; it was also made into a successful major motion picture starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana. Gregory also regularly contributes short stories, features, and reviews to a number of newspapers and magazines.

About the Narrator

Bianca Amato is an actress and narrator born and raised in South Africa. Trained at the University of Cape Town’s Drama school, she went on to work in theater and television in South Africa before moving to New York in 2002. She is the winner of five AudioFile Earphones Awards and Audie Awards.