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The King's Curse - Philippa Gregory

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'Margaret, I have to tell you. There was a curse.' Elizabeth, my cousin, puts her hand in mine and I can feel her tremble.

'What curse?'

'It was that whoever took my brothers from the Tower, whoever put my brothers to death should die for it.'

From the Number One bestselling author of The White Queen comes the riveting story of Margaret Pole, cousin of Elizabeth of York, and her unique view of Henry VIII's terrifying rise to power in Tudor England.

As an heir to the Plantagenets, Margaret is seen by the King's mother (The Red Queen) as a powerful threat to the Tudor claim to the throne. She is buried in marriage to a Tudor supporter - Sir Richard Pole, governor of Wales - and becomes guardian to Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon.

But Margaret's destiny, as cousin to the queen (The White Queen), is not for a life in the shadows. Tragedy throws her into poverty and only a royal death restores her to her place at young Henry VIII's court where she becomes chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. There she watches the dominance of the Spanish queen over her husband and her tragic decline.

Amid the rapid deterioration of the Tudor court, Margaret must choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical Henry VIII or to her beloved queen. Caught between the old and the new, Margaret must find her own way, concealing deep within her the knowledge that an old curse cast upon all the Tudors is slowly coming true...

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    5.0

    Would recommend

    By Brenda

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    Pros

    • Brillant
    • Captures Time And Place
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      Great reading,

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      Great read

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        Comments about The King's Curse:

        Easy to read, can be read by anyone who likes history and fiction. Have several of the Tudor Series. What a nasty people the Tudors were

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        Another great fictional account of turbu

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          Highly recommended as a great read for anyone interesreted in History. Gregory writes with accuracy and keeps up th interest throughout. Well worth the time and effort. Value or money.

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          5.0

          Another Great Philippa Gregory Tale

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            Great book, ties in nicely with her other books or could be read as stand alone.

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            "An illuminating portrait. . . Gregory moves confidently through a tangle of intrigue, revenge, and tyranny toward a shocking betrayal." - Publishers Weekly

            "Loyalties are torn, paranoia festers and you can almost hear the bray of royal trumpets as the period springs to life. It’s a bloody irresistible read." – People Magazine, on The White Princess

            "Bring on the blood, sex and tears! . . . You name it, it's all here." – USA Today, on The White Princess

            ISBN: 9780857207579
            ISBN-10: 0857207571
            Audience: General
            Format: Paperback
            Language: English
            Number Of Pages: 592
            Published: 14th August 2014
            Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
            Country of Publication: GB
            Dimensions (cm): 23.4 x 15.3  x 3.2
            Weight (kg): 0.65