Summary and reviews of The Red Queen by Philippa GregoryRate this book. Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her house is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin Henry VI fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and she is even more dismayed when he sinks into madness. Her mother mocks her plans, revealing that Margaret will always be burdened with the reputation of her father, one of the most famously incompetent English commanders in France. But worst of all for Margaret is when she discovers that her mother is sending her to a loveless marriage in remote Wales.
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She believes her House of Lancaster is the rightful ruler of England. Click here to see the rest of this review. At 12, Margaret has an attachment to Joan of Arc because the latter's connection to God. Margaret wants to serve God as a nun but since King Henry VI became senile, the chance of conceiving an heir is low, making her a vital pawn in the War of the Roses. Later, a veteran of the Hundred Years War stops by and narrates his experience with Joan of Arc on the battlefield. After, Margaret begins to believe God has chosen her to lead the House of Lancaster to victory.
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Part of The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels. Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort fervently believes that her house is the true ruler of England.
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