The Kingmaker’s Daughter

Anyone picking up The Kingmaker’s Daughter as their first Philippa Gregory book will not be disappointed.

Anyone who has already read The White Queen, The Red Queen and The Lady of the Rivers may feel that they have read the book before, which in a way you have.

The above three books cover the War of the Roses from the Queens perspectives. The Kingmaker’s Daughter covers the same story but from the perspective of the Cousins.

Very cleaver or very lazy? Initially I was in the ‘lazy’ camp, but by the end had moved to the ‘clever’ camp and continue to be a fan of her books.

the man known as the ‘Kingmaker’, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women. At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family and will cost the lives of those she loves most in the world, including her precious only son, Prince Edward. Ultimately, the Kingmaker’s daughter will achieve her father’s greatest ambition.

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