The Red Queen

by Philippa Gregory | Literature & Fiction |
ISBN: 9781849833639 Global Overview for this book
Registered by PrincessRainbow of Zirl, Tirol Austria on 6/30/2011
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Journal Entry 1 by PrincessRainbow from Zirl, Tirol Austria on Thursday, June 30, 2011
1453. Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort is a strikingly pious child. Saints´ knees her stigmata, she has a fierce and unwavering sense of destiny. If not a nun, then she´ll be Queen of England and sign her name Margaret Regina: Margaret R.
Still a girl, Margaret is sent to a loveless marriage in remote Wales. There, she gives birth to a son whom she names for the King, her cousin, Henry VI of England, fast sinking into madness. Determined to put her son on England´s throne, regardless of the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she sends him into exile and pledges him in marriage to the daughter of her enemy Elizabeth Woodville.
Meanwhile, devoted in her belief that her House is the true ruler of England, Margaret feigns loyalty to the usurper King Richard III and masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of all time.

Journal Entry 2 by PrincessRainbow at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria on Monday, July 04, 2011

Released 7 yrs ago (7/4/2011 UTC) at Innsbruck, Tirol Austria

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The book is on the way to Meg72 (Portugal) as historic fiction exchange.

Journal Entry 3 by Meg72 at Ílhavo, Aveiro Portugal on Sunday, July 17, 2011
Thanks so much!I have read other Philippa Gregory books and I quite enjoyed them. I´m sure, this one will be also interesting.

Journal Entry 4 by Meg72 at Ílhavo, Aveiro Portugal on Wednesday, July 18, 2012
What a terrible person! I just couldn´t warm up to Margaret Beaufort. Her ambition, her greed, her envy… It was just too much. Ok, it is always good to read about a learned woman in those days, when most of them were simple decorations, but she is just so detestable. I never felt sorry for her suffering, although I must say she endured quite a lot. In fact, the only character I liked in this book was Henry Stafford; he deserved a better and more loving wife and his ending was unfair. But, that´s life for you…
Please, don´t get me wrong, I enjoyed the book, it was well written and kept me gripped, but after such awful people, I want to read something lighter now :-)


Journal Entry 5 by Meg72 at Ílhavo, Aveiro Portugal on Sunday, September 16, 2012

Released 6 yrs ago (9/16/2012 UTC) at Ílhavo, Aveiro Portugal

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This book is going to continue its travels with QueenSissi. Enjoy!

Journal Entry 6 by QueenSissi at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal on Sunday, October 07, 2012
Thanks for the both of you :). My Hubby is trying to get to them first as he also is a big fan of PG. Hope to read them soon though have some rings to read first.

Journal Entry 7 by QueenSissi at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
I know we shouldn't compare queens, nut I liked the white one best - I mean the character :). (SPOILER) Children like this don't exist - i think but Henry Tudor probably would not have been a king if is mother hadn't been so determined.

It was a really good read - I just wanted to keep going through the night... I read it much faster than I thought I would.

I will be sending this out as a Bookray!

Journal Entry 8 by QueenSissi at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal on Tuesday, June 25, 2013
Bookray order:

Icila
Janeka
Conto
Abbi-Gibby - UK
elizabeth112 - UK

Journal Entry 9 by QueenSissi at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal on Thursday, June 27, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (6/28/2013 UTC) at Gouveia, Guarda Portugal

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De viagem amanhã!

Journal Entry 10 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, July 04, 2013
I received it this morning. I don't know exactly why as I'm not part of this booking but I do wait for another copy from Ravencat as it is on my whishlist.
(http://www.bookcrossing.com/forum/20/489868) .RAY for Historical Tudor Fiction.
I'm a fast reader so I'll read it soon and send it to the first participant on the list. I have the White Queen TBR and reserved but I wanted to read this one first.
Anyway I'm glad to have a parcel from Portugal where I was a month ago. It rained cats and dogs when I stopped in Aveiro. I was leading a group and I was so sorry because with our coach it's now impossible to stop at the railways station to admire the azulejos as we did in the past.

Journal Entry 11 by wingIcilawing at Nantes, Pays de la Loire France on Wednesday, July 10, 2013
As Philippa Gregory tells herself in the conversation at the end of the book she spent 3 years thinking entirely from the point of view of Elisabeth Woodwille and the House of York. She wanted to shift perspective to give voice to Margaret Beaufort but her heart isn't there and I didn't find this book as likeable as the others.

Journal Entry 12 by wingIcilawing at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France on Thursday, August 08, 2013

Released 5 yrs ago (8/9/2013 UTC) at La Chapelle-sur-Erdre, Pays de la Loire France

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On its way back to Portugal.

Journal Entry 13 by Janeka at Alcobaça, Leiria Portugal on Friday, August 30, 2013
The book is now with me :) Sorry for the delay, I was on vacation, but it was safely kept..

Thank you, Icila, for sending it back, and QueenSissi for the BRay!

Journal Entry 14 by Janeka at Vila Real, Vila Real Portugal on Monday, October 07, 2013
Well, this was the first Philippa Gregory book I've read, so no comparisons to be made.

The main character is pretty annoying. I guess I spent half the book grumbling at her constant religious comments.
The war scenes were a bit boring to me, but I'll guess that happened since English is not my mother-tongue, and the level of difficulty increased with all the descriptions, slowing down the reading process.
(does that make ANY sense?)

Apart from that, it's is a well-written version of true historical events, with strong and believable characters.
I am now starting the 4th book in the series - The Kingmaker's Daughter - this time in Portuguese.

Thank you so much for sharing, QueenSissi!
The book will travel to conto as soon as she gets back home :)
*edit: book sent today, 21Oct *

Journal Entry 15 by wingcontowing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Monday, October 28, 2013
With me now. Thanks so much, it's been a while since I read Philippa Gregory's books. I've read The Other Boleyn Girl and the 2 or 3 that followed, and by the last one I was totally bored...

Journal Entry 16 by wingcontowing at Lisboa - City, Lisboa (cidade) Portugal on Friday, November 08, 2013
It was nice to return to the realms of PG, and to discover the war of the roses in such a different tone and perspective (I read something when I was very young, I don't remember from whom at all, that left it's mark on me).
It's quite impossible to relate to this woman, but even so I found her to be quite reliable as a character, from the point of view of the second half of the 15th century. With so many spins of one's destiny, it's difficult to imagine a different approach.
Now I'd like to read the white queen to get the opposite perspective on the same events for that's one thing I guess may work extraordinarily well on the building of the series.
The book is now ready to travel some more, and it'll do so, as soon as I get an address.

Journal Entry 17 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Sunday, March 02, 2014
Books all safe and sound sorry for long delay in writing this journal have been in Australia for past 6 months

Journal Entry 18 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at Millbrook, Cornwall United Kingdom on Wednesday, March 05, 2014
Elizabeth112 has told me today that she would like to be skipped as she got the book out of the library to read and she wasn't that keen on it. She has said that I could pass it onto someone else or release it to the wild as she is at the end of the list

Journal Entry 19 by wingAbi-Gibbywing at A Book box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom on Monday, March 10, 2014

Released 5 yrs ago (3/13/2014 UTC) at A Book box, -- By post or by hand/ in person -- United Kingdom

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Journal Entry 20 by Winterbirth at Newtownabbey, Co. Antrim United Kingdom on Sunday, March 16, 2014
Received in the 2014 UK Bookbox

Journal Entry 21 by Winterbirth at The John Hewitt Bar in Belfast, Co. Antrim United Kingdom on Tuesday, February 09, 2016

Released 3 yrs ago (2/9/2016 UTC) at The John Hewitt Bar in Belfast, Co. Antrim United Kingdom

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