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The Kingmaker's Daughter

Gregory, Philippa

(Book - 2012)
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Kingmaker's Daughter
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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.

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Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2012.
ISBN: 9781451626087
9781451626070
Characteristics: 417 p. :,map, geneal. table ;,25 cm.

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Sep 13, 2014
  • hgeng63 rated this: 2 stars out of 5.

You know Gregory's done her research & writes well, but I found this romantic story of Anne Neville & Richard 3rd curiously uninvolving & not as lavish as it could have been.
(Sadly, I could also see how powerless upper-class medieval women could be.)

Apr 07, 2014
  • BlueHippo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyed this book. I am enjoying all the books in this "cousins" series. Although they are fiction, it does help to place the people involved in these events within the context of the times and their relationships to one another. So many books are written about the kings-it is nice to see the story told from the woman's point of view and to understand how the families of the women contributed to the overall history of these times. My only criticism is that I find her family trees to be incomplete for the purposes of understanding all the relationships. I would also appreciate more complete dating on the family trees.

Jan 19, 2014
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

I saved this one for last in the series due to the fact I am not a fan of Anne Neville at all and still am not. None the less this book is very good , interesting and just as spellbinding as the others. I couldn't put it down for the life of me. It brought me to hate Anne even more and added other viewpoints ( no matter how wrong) to the white queen story. As well as all the other characters involved. I was disappointed that it didn't go in to more detail and tell how the relationship between Princess Elizabeth and Richard developed. It did fill in some gaps that the other books left out. All in all a must read whether read in order or not, This series is very good and even more interesting due to the fact that these characters actually lived.

Aug 13, 2013
  • debwalker rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Brings to life the 15th century royal court of England - from the perspective of the women. Brief lives packed with tragic events. Fascinating that the Richard to whom the heroine is married is the king whose long-lost burial site was recently rediscovered under a parking lot...

Dec 06, 2012
  • literarycpa rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I couldn't put this book down! It is romance, suspense, and history all rolled into a great historical fiction package. The only issue I had was the fact that many of the characters share the same name by lineage. Though characteristic of the time period, it was hard to discern between each "Richard" or "Edward." I recommend this book and this author!

Oct 16, 2012
  • The_Zookeeper rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Can Phillipa Gregory do any wrong? Well yes. BUT NOT IN THIS ONE! I loved this book and I'm loving every book in the cousins war series almost as much as I loved her Tudor series. Gregory has a great point of view for showing how the women of the time delt with what their husbands, fathers, and brothers were doing.

Sep 22, 2012
  • ehbooklover rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Gregory's latest book in the Cousins' War series tells the story of Anne Neville, daughter of kingmaker, Richard Neville, who put Edward of York on the throne. Full of romance, intrigue, and conflict, this was an extremely engrossing read. Dare I say it was one of her best books to date!

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