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Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Series: The Cousins’ War Series Release Date: August 2010 ISBN: 9781442304406
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The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life Margaret Beaufort, heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, who charts her way through treacherous alliances to take control of the English throne.

Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her Lancaster house is the true ruler of England, and that she has a great destiny before her. Married to a man twice her age, quickly widowed, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son on the throne of England regardless of the cost to herself, to England, and even to the little boy. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she names him Henry, like the king; sends him into exile; and pledges him in marriage to her enemy Elizabeth of York’s daughter. As the political tides constantly move and shift, Margaret masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of all time—all the while knowing that her son has grown to manhood, recruited an army, and awaits his opportunity to win the greatest prize in all of England.

The Red Queen is a novel of conspiracy, passion, and coldhearted ambition, the story of a proud and determined woman who believes that she alone is destined, by her piety and lineage, to shape the course of history. Download and start listening now!


Quotes & Awards

  • “This interweaving of the personal and the historical in a way that is fluid and entirely believable is, of course, why one reads Gregory in the first place. But the backbone of this book is the manipulation of her central character, the way in which Gregory successfully guides her from hero to antihero, keeping her compelling all along...Delightful escapism.”

    Times (London)

  • “The narrative has both drive and immediacy which, combined with the meticulous research characteristic of all Philippa Gregory’s books, bring the fifteenth century alive…The Red Queen is a vivid and compelling evocation of a turbulent period.”

    Daily Express (London)

  • “This is a vivid recreation of an unsympathetic and ruthless manipulator…[A] compulsive tale of dynastic deviousness.”

    Marie Claire

  • “Nobody does the Tudors better than Gregory, so it should come as no surprise that her latest—the War of the Roses as seen through the eyes of Henry VII’s mother —is confident, colorful, convincing, and full of conflict, betrayal, and political maneuvering.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • The Red Queen offers a riveting portrait of a woman who refused to be cast aside.”

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Gregory’s vivid, confident storytelling makes this devout and ruthlessly determined woman a worthy heroine for her time.”


  • “Like Gregory’s other historicals, excellent characterization and a well-researched story will hold the interest of readers, especially fans of the Tudor dynasty.”

    Library Journal

  • A New York Times bestseller
  • A USA Today bestseller

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  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 sophia | 4/1/2017

    " Like the other books in this series, Phillipa Gregory has done a masterful job transporting you to Medieval England. The Red Queen is captivating, but it is best to read the books in the proper sequence so you can follow the events as they unfold from one book to the next. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 5/23/2011

    " Fantastic read! Elizabeth Rivers and Edward of York and constant wars. If you don't have the geniology of English monarchs down, Elizabeth is the mother of the princes in the tower. Phillippa Gregory has become one of my favorite authos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherry | 5/18/2011

    " What an amazing book - such a good story and a fabulous account of the Plantagenates. Absolutely loved it and cant wait to read the next book The Red Queen. "

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

    " I enjoyed this book. It's a time period I did not know much about. The characters did not feel as developed as her Tudor series. It may be that I just know that period better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley | 5/12/2011

    " I'm sort of an Anglophile, so I will pretty much like anything about the British monarchy. The plot was entertaining and never got too slow, but I thought the dialogue could have been more true to the time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 5/9/2011

    " If you only read one Philippa Gregory, I think this is the one to read. A true page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 5/6/2011

    " I thought the 2nd half really dragged and was pretty boring. Not sure that I'd read another book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danica | 5/5/2011

    " Love this author and how she teaches so much about history in such an etertaining way. Didn't find anyone to like in this story but appreciate the information on the Royal history before the Tudors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denese | 5/5/2011

    " I tried and tried but just could not get interested. Elizabeth Woodville was a weak queen, disliked by her country, and trying to make her part water goddess was no improvement. I usually like Philippa Gragory's books but am dropping this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dondero | 5/4/2011

    " I loved this book. I wished I had known more about the kings and queens of England but I got a lot out of this nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/3/2011

    " I found it interesting not knowing much about that era of history...wish I knew more as I am sure I would have found the book even more interesting if I could have placed it in historical context. "

About the Author

Phillipa Gregory is an internationally bestselling author of historical novels whose success extends to the United States as well, where she is a #1 New York Times bestselling author. She earned her BA from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from Edinburgh University, where she is a regent. Gregory is the author of the Wideacre trilogy, the Earthly Joys series, and the Plantagenet and Tudor novels, which include the enormously popular Other Boleyn Girl, of which there are over a million US copies in print. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction.

About the Narrator

Bianca Amato, winner of numerous Earphones Awards and the Audie Award for best narration, is an actress 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.