by Philippa Gregory

Reviewer Rating:


I've given The Red Queen a middle grade, not necessarily because I liked the book, but more because it did its job.  It's not that it's a bad book, nor is it poorly written or historically inaccurate. It's just that the main character, Margaret Beaufort, is probably one of the most sanctimonious, self-righteous, behavior rationalizing woman, no, PERSON, I think I've ever encountered.

This is the second installment in the Cousins' War trilogy and as usual, Gregory provides all the historical information as she weaves the personal lives of the characters together to bring the reader into the times and places of the past.  It's understandable how Margaret ended up the person she did, it's just difficult to swallow sometimes.  

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