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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

  • “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

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 by 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 by 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 by 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 by 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. "

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