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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (591 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory, David Baldwin, Michael Jones Narrator: Bianca Amato Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date:
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#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory teams with two eminent historians to explore the historical characters in the real-life world behind her Wars of the Roses novels.

PHILIPPA GREGORY and her fellow historians describe the extraordinary lives of the heroines of her Cousins’ War books: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, wife of Edward IV; and Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII.

In her essay on Jacquetta, Philippa Gregory uses original documents, archaeology, and histories of myth and witchcraft to create the first-ever biography of the young duchess who survived two reigns and two wars to become the first lady at two rival courts. David Baldwin, established authority on the Wars of the Roses, tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the first commoner to marry a king of England for love; and Michael Jones, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, writes of Margaret Beaufort, the almost-unknown matriarch of the House of Tudor.

In the introduction, Gregory writes revealingly about the differences between history and historical fiction. How much of a role does speculation play in writing each? How much fiction and how much fact should there be in a historical novel? How are female historians changing our view of women in history?

The Women of the Cousins’ War is beautifully illustrated with rare portraits and source materials. As well as offering fascinating insights into the inspirations behind Philippa Gregory’s fiction, it will appeal to all with an interest in this period.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “The publication of two books this season by Philippa Gregory gives us not only two more fascinating portraits of the English Wars of the Roses, it also opens a window onto the way the bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl applies her craft.” 

    Los Angeles Times

  • “[Gregory] again brings insight to English history, recreating the power struggle between two of the nation’s most notable women in a tale fresh for modern readers. There’s no question that she is the best at what she does.” 

    Associated Press

  • “An engrossing introduction to three courageous matriarchs who shaped English history.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “An engaging and interesting read…Fans of Gregory’s novels should enjoy this glimpse into both her creative process and her essays on the three women who served as inspiration for her Wars of the Roses novels.”

    Post and Courier (Charleston)

Listener Opinions

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Judy | 2/19/2014

    " Philippa Gregory is well-known for her historical fiction (I must admit that I have not read any) and in The Women of the Cousins' War, she seems intent on demonstrating that she should also be considered an academic historian. Gregory wrote the essay on Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedfore, David Baldwin wrote the biography of Elizabeth Woodville the wife of Edward IV, and Michael Jones examined the life of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII. A very interesting book that places each of these women into their proper historical context and examines their impact on the events surrounding the War of the Roses. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 by Marilyn | 2/18/2014

    " I very much enjoyed the introduction by the author. I've read or listened to all three of her books in "The Cousins' War" series and liked them. This book was borrowed thru local library and I didn't have time to finish the entire book but I did skim good parts of it and I think it is a good source of material on the women. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Jan Daulton | 2/16/2014

    " interesting perspectives on women that we have read about, but did not know that much about! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 by Diane S. | 2/7/2014

    " 3.5 Not as much info as I would like about these woman, though Gregory does explain in her introduction that a lot just doesn't exist on woman from that time period as well as others. Unless a woman was involved in something big in her day, like Joan of Arc, there just isn't detailed written records. It is however well written, did like what was there, and the bibliography and introduction is very informative and interesting. "

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