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The king's curse, Philippa Gregory

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The king's curse
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The king's curse
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Philippa Gregory
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  • Last rose
  • kings curse
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eng
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"From the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen comes the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII's stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England. Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII's claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporter--Sir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margaret's contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon. Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the honeymooning couple, hiding her own royal connections in service to the Tudors. After the sudden death of Prince Arthur, Katherine leaves for London a widow, and fulfills her deathbed promise to her husband by marrying his brother, Henry VIII. Margaret's world is turned upside down by the surprising summons to court, where she becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. But this charmed life of the wealthiest and "holiest" woman in England lasts only until the rise of Anne Boleyn, and the dramatic deterioration of the Tudor court. Margaret has to choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, or to her beloved queen; to the religion she loves or the theology which serves the new masters. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors"--
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  • Gregory bids adieu to the bloody War of the Roses and its aftermath as she wraps up her Cousins’ War series with the ascension of Henry VIII as witnessed by the eyes of Lady Margaret Pole, Plantagenet survivor and cousin to the White Princess, Elizabeth of York. Perceived as a threat to the throne by Henry VII, Margaret is married off and living in semi-obscurity until circumstances propel her back into court life as chief lady-in-waiting to and confidante of Katherine of Aragon. With a box-seat view of the royal manipulations and machinations of Henry VIII, she has some difficult choices to make concerning her divided loyalties to Henry, to Katherine, to Princess Mary, and to the Catholic Church. Nobody does dynastic history like Gregory, and readers who have followed the exploits of the fractious York and Lancaster clans in the previous five volumes will be eagerly awaiting this concluding chapter of the saga. -- Flanagan, Margaret (Reviewed 08-01-2014) (Booklist, vol 110, number 22, p44)
  • Gregory adds to her Cousins’ War series (after The White Princess ) an illuminating portrait of historical figure Margaret Pole, Countess of Salisbury, whose royal Plantagenet lineage was both a blessing and a curse. Gregory’s carefully researched story line begins in 1499 with Margaret in mourning for her brother Teddy, who was beheaded by King Henry VII because he was a rival for the throne. Margaret has already been “stuffed into obscurity,” married to an ordinary knight with whom she’s had five children. When Prince Arthur, the King’s son and heir, marries Katherine of Aragon, Margaret becomes lady-in-waiting to the Spanish princess. When Arthur dies, Margaret loses her position; not long afterward, she is widowed and struggles financially. Matters temporarily improve for Margaret with the ascension of the new king, Henry VIII, who appoints Margaret governess to his daughter Mary. But the moody and volatile ruler also forces Margaret and her family to jockey for favor at court. Gregory moves confidently through a tangle of intrigue, revenge, and tyranny toward a shocking betrayal that brings Margaret face-to-face with the king’s ire. Agent: Anthony Mason. (Sept.) --Staff (Reviewed July 21, 2014) (Publishers Weekly, vol 261, issue 29, p)
  • /* Starred Review */ Taking place after the Tudor victory at Bosworth in 1485, Gregory's dramatic conclusion to the "Cousins' War" (The White Queen; The White Princess ) series is narrated by Margaret Pole, a member of the defeated Plantagenet family. To remain in safety, Margaret marries beneath her station to a knight in service to Henry VII. Her cousin Elizabeth finds a way to get Margaret a position in the household of the Spanish Infanta, Katherine of Aragon. Margaret happily serves until Katherine and Arthur, Henry's heir, wed. When a fatal illness strikes Arthur, Katherine's position in the royal hierarchy becomes uncertain. And when her own husband dies, Margaret is forced into seclusion. When Katherine eventually marries Henry VIII after his father's death, she is able to bring Margaret back into her service. But fortune changes quickly yet again for the two friends, and they are challenged by a monarch who has turned against them. VERDICT By employing Margaret as her narrator, Gregory offers a fresh perspective on well-known British history. This gripping and detailed chronicle, with plenty of court intrigue and politics to spice up the action, will be sure to please any historical fiction fan. Highly recommended. [See Prepub Alert, 3/13/14.]— Kristen Stewart, Pearland Lib., Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX --Kristen Stewart (Reviewed August 1, 2014) (Library Journal, vol 139, issue 13, p88)
  • In the sixth of Gregory's Cousins' War series, the last Plantagenets wage a losing and mostly subterranean battle against the unscrupulous Tudor upstarts. Lady Margaret Pole, the principal of this installment, is cousin to many Plantagenet heirs of the house of York, including Elizabeth (The White Princess, 2013), who married Henry VII, the Tudor conqueror, after he deposed their uncle, Richard III. Elizabeth and her mother, a reputed sorceress, called down a curse upon the Tudors: that they would be unable to produce a healthy male heir and their line would die out in three generations, ending with a virgin queen. As we all know, that came true. However, somehow Gregory manages to keep us in suspense as to what will befall her characters. Lady Margaret, married to a lowly knight as Henry VII punishes the Yorks, is named guardian to the Prince of Wales, Arthur, in his Welsh castle. Arthur is clearly in love with his new wife, the Spanish infanta, Katherine of Aragon. But was the marriage consummated? This question, to which only Arthur, Katherine and Margaret know the answer, will trigger the tumult that follows. In deference to Arthur's dying wish, Katherine marries his younger brother, Henry. As king, Henry magnanimously restores the Yorks, including Margaret, to their former lands and titles: She is now Countess of Salisbury and the richest woman in England. But as previous volumes predicted, the wheel of fortune keeps turning, particularly when a loose cannon like Henry rules. Ominously, Buckingham, the most powerful York next to Margaret, is executed for allegedly mentioning the curse. Then Wolsey falls. As the juggernaut of Anne Boleyn threatens to upend the English court; destroy Queen Katherine and Henry's sole legitimate heir, Princess Mary; cause countless executions; change a national religion and civilization as they knew it, Margaret and the Yorks soldier on. It would be a spoiler to recount what happens next although we already know. Under Gregory's spell, we keep hoping history won't repeat itself.(Kirkus Reviews, August 15, 2014)
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Gregory, Philippa
Dewey number
823/.914
Index
no index present
LC call number
PR6057.R386
LC item number
K57 2014
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Cousins' war
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0006
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  • Salisbury, Margaret Pole
  • Henry
  • Henry
  • Salisbury, Margaret Pole
  • Ladies-in-waiting
  • Nobility
  • FICTION / Historical
  • FICTION / Romance / Historical
  • Ladies-in-waiting
  • Nobility
  • Great Britain
  • England
  • Great Britain
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The king's curse, Philippa Gregory
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1044070
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
612 pages
Isbn
9781451626117
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(hardback)
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2014009261
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  • (OCoLC)862789124
Label
The king's curse, Philippa Gregory
Publication
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Control code
1044070
Dimensions
25 cm
Extent
612 pages
Isbn
9781451626117
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2014009261
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Other physical details
maps, genealogical tables
System control number
  • (Sirsi) i9781451626117
  • (OCoLC)862789124

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