The kingmaker's daughter

Philippa Gregory

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Historical fiction
New York : Touchstone 2012.
1st Touchstone hardcover ed
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417 p. : ill., map ; 25 cm
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Philippa Gregory (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

It's every man and woman for themselves in Gregory's latest, which offers reliable royal entertainment about Anne, queen consort to Richard III. Born the younger daughter of "Warwick the Kingmaker," Anne sees her position constantly shifting, depending on whether her father is supporting his protégé, King Edward IV, or fighting him. Forcibly wed at 14 to the son of the former Lancastrian queen, Margaret of Anjou, Anne is brought low after his death and obliged to serve her proud sister, Isabel, whose life is equally volatile. Their mutual enemy is beautiful commoner queen Elizabeth Woodville, whose large group of upstart siblings and rumored witchery threaten England's stability. Gregory deftly shows how living amid war's brutality can harden one's character, even that of a gentle innocent like Anne—who has a mostly happy second marriage to her childhood friend Richard, the king's loyal brother. At the same time, Gregory presents a stark account of woman-as-commodity in late medieval times, with Anne's forceful mother kept in comfortable, strict confinement, her wealth stolen by her daughters and sons-in-law. Copyright 2012 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

In the next entry (after The Lady of the Rivers) in Gregory's historical series about the War of the Roses, Anne Neville is the daughter of the Earl of Warwick, who put Edward of York on the throne after battling the Lancasters. When Edward marries Elizabeth Rivers, a Lancaster widow and a rumored witch, without the earl's blessing, the kingmaker begins plotting for a more pliable king. The earl uses his daughters as pawns in the fluid political situation. Anne eventually marries Richard, the youngest of the three York brothers after an ill-fated first marriage. Anne and Richard live a relatively quiet life in the north of England until events spur Richard to take the throne after Edward's death. VERDICT Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory's many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman's point of view will love her latest work. [See Prepub Alert, 10/25/10.]—Kristen Stewart, Pearland Lib., Brazoria Cty. Lib. Syst., TX [Page 69]. (c) Copyright 2012. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publishers Weekly Reviews

The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory's latest in the Cousin's War series (after The Lady of the Rivers). The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick ("The Kingmaker"), vie for their father's favor and a chance at the throne. The earl has long mentored the young King Edward and Edward's brothers George and Richard in hopes of marrying his daughters into royalty. But when Edward weds the commoner Elizabeth Woodville, the Kingmaker arranges a secret marriage between Isabel and George, and launches an uprising that will result in the earl's death, leaving Isabel entangled in a dangerous political web and Anne—having recently married—already a widow. However, Richard—a tough soldier who honors family obligations while his brothers sell out—soon comes to Anne's rescue. In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women's lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters. By the book's end, Anne and Richard have ascended the throne, but the War of the Roses has yet to be won, setting the stage for a sequel showdown. Agent: Anthony Mason. (Aug.) [Page ]. Copyright 2012 PWxyz LLC

Review by Publisher Summary 1

Presents a tale inspired by the daughters of "Kingmaker" Richard, fifteenth-century Earl of Warwick, who uses his daughters as political pawns before their strategic marriages place them on opposing sides in a royal war that will cost them everyone they love.

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In this New York Times bestseller that inspired the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, Philippa Gregory tells the tale of Anne Neville, a beautiful young woman who must navigate the treachery of the English court as her father, known as the Kingmaker, uses her and her sister as pawns in his political game.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter—Philippa Gregory’s first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl—is the gripping tale of the daughters of 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.

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.