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The Kingmaker's Daughter (Cousins War 4) [Paperback]

Philippa Gregory
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14 Mar 2013 Cousins War 4
Anne Neville and her sister Isabel are daughters of the most powerful magnate in 15th century England. Ever ruthless, always plotting, in the absence of a son and heir, Warwick sets about using his daughters as pawns in his political games. Anne grows from a delightful child brought up at the court of Edward IV and his queen, Elizabeth Woodville, intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester. Her life is overturned when her father turns on his former allies, escapes England and invades with an enemy army. Widowed at 14, fatherless, with her mother locked in sanctuary, and her sister a vengeful enemy, Anne faces the world alone. But fortune's wheel turns once again. Anne plots her escape from her sister's house, finds herself a husband in the handsome young Duke of Gloucester, and marries without permission, in secret. But danger still follows her. She finds that she has a mortal enemy in the most beautiful queen in England. Anne has to protect herself and her precious only son from the treacherous royal court, the deadly royal rival, and even from the driving ambition of her husband - Richard III.

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  • Paperback: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd; paperback / softback edition (14 Mar 2013)
  • Language: Unknown
  • ISBN-10: 0857207482
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857207487
  • Product Dimensions: 19.4 x 13 x 3.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (504 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 3,135 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.

Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. www.PhilippaGregory.com


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"The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory's latest. . . . 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. . . . . In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women's lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters." -"Publishers Weekly" --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

About the Author

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds. Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. A former student of Sussex university, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire. She welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com

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140 of 147 people found the following review helpful
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Philippa Gregory's latest novel 'The Kingmaker's Daughter' is the fourth in the Cousins' War series, following The Lady of the Rivers. The kingmaker of the title is Richard, Earl of Warwick, a very ambitious and wily man and the most wealthy and powerful English nobleman of his time, who has already engineered the downfall of King Henry VI and put Edward IV on the throne. When King Edward secretly marries the very beautiful Elizabeth Woodville, instead of entering into the marriage with a French princess that Warwick has negotiated with King Louis XI of France, Warwick feels betrayed and humiliated. Unfortunately for him, Warwick has no male heirs, so he decides to use his daughters, Isabel and Anne, as political pawns in his dangerous game of politics and power.

The story is narrated by Warwick's younger daughter, Anne, who is eight years old when our story begins and it is through Anne's eyes, as she grows up, that we follow the political machinations of Warwick as he marries his elder daughter, Isabel, to King Edward's brother George, the Duke of Clarence, who is next in line to the throne. However, Warwick's ambition does not end there, because when that marriage does not bring him the power he craves, Warwick then marries Anne to Henry VI's son, Edward Prince of Wales. With his ambition for power still not satisfied, Warwick organizes an uprising that fails catastrophically and results in the earl losing his life and the death of Anne's new husband, leaving Anne fatherless and widowed and in an extremely precarious situation. I could continue, but if you know your history, you won't need me to, and if you don't know the outcome, then I don't want to spoil it for you.
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40 of 42 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Kingmaker's Daughter 30 Oct 2012
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Admiring Philippa Gregory's work as I do it pains me to say that despite featuring one of the best descriptive passages I've read for a long time - I don't want to give too much away but it involved a storm, a birth and a death - The Kingmaker's Daughter (the fourth book in the Cousin's War series) though a good read fell short of the great read I was expecting it was going to be.

Perhaps that there is relatively less known about this Queen had a bearing on the fact that there seemed to be quite large gaps in the narrative, gaps that the author filled with seemingly inconsequential events and details such as Christmases at Court which towards the end of the book seemed to happen with increasing frequency every few chapters or so.

With less of the 'witchcraft' element then the first three books and in particular The White Queen (book 1) and The Lady Of The Rivers (book 3) there is nevertheless a certain amount of it which though I personally didn't mind too much, I even thought it added an interesting, if not altogether historically accurate, dimension to certain characters, I know the historical purists hated.

Though by no means the strongest book in the series I do however still recommend this book.

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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Readable but very flawed 19 July 2013
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This an interesting book. I bought it because I have been watching the White Queen and I had felt drawn to Anne Neville as portrayed on screen.

I found the novel rather dry and lacking in romance and wit. Told in the first person, it is a competently written view of what may have been Anne Neville's life.

It lacked detail on relationships. I did not feel that one ever got to the bottom of who Richard actually was. I could not decide if Richard was meant to love Anne or was simply using her in a kind way. The characters really lacked depth and a lot of the narrative is simply just an envisioned account of what Ms Gregory has developed from her research as being the life Anne may well have lived. I was only gripped by the narrative very briefly when Richard came to Anne when she was his brother's prisoner and offered to rescue her but the interest this episode promised did not develop.

I was revolted by the affair started by Richard at the end of the novel with his niece. This is based on historical rumour rather than known fact and brought a sour end to the novel. I would find it disgusting having identified so closely with Anne to read the next novel in the series which tells further of this incestuous affair with the niece as heroine. It is interesting that the two illegitimate children born to Richard are mentioned but effectively glossed over while this sick rumour which no one can prove or disprove is used as the next staging post of the narrative.

The problem with this book is that it is too fictional to be read as a biography but far to much of a dull account of guessed at facts to interest some one looking for a good historical novel.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Good but not great 2 Mar 2013
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For me this book is the usual Philippa Gregory historical novel, interesting because I'm interested in history and especially the War of the Roses, but Philippa Gregory somehow puts too much of herself in her writing so, no matter how historically correct it is (and we can never be sure of events so old and re-hashed by the Tudors), it feels like too much novel and not enough historical. I'll still continue to buy her books but I haven't quite kept enough interest to keep me reading right through to the end of this. I also read Rose Tremain's books which have in them whatever it is I find is missing in Philippa Gregorys' - compassion for the characters perhaps?
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