The King's Curse : The Cousins' War

  • by Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by Bianca Amato
  • Series: The Cousins' War
  • 24 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

The riveting story of Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and was one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses. Plantagenet, once carried proudly by Margaret like a crown upon her head, is now, at the end of the 15th century, the most dangerous name in England....


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Great Historical Fiction, Chick Style

My first introduction to historical fiction was Gore Vidal's Julian, a book which I have re-read three times. And as a bloke I initially stuck to historical fiction written by blokes. Ken Follett and Conn Iggulden among others.

Then I found Hilary Mantel. I started with A Place of Greater Safety and have now read most of her works.

I had never contemplated Philippa Gregory. I think there is a little scuttlebutt about her work which I fell prey to. The titles and some of the covers of her books look more Mills and Boon than serious historical fiction.

The King's Curse is my first Philippa Gregory novel and I am mightily impressed. The narrator, Margaret Pole, is such a calm observer of one of the most unique periods of English history. From the perspective of a Plantagenet, the early years of the Tudor reign can be seen from one who rides the wild vicissitudes.

The character of Catherine of Aragon is finely crafted. The tragic first marriage with the gentle Prince Arthur is truly heartbreaking. The strength of Catherine shines through and her legacy is well represented.

King Henry VIII is also well covered, from his spoilt childhood to his infamous reign, we gain a human perspective from two extraordinary women, Margaret and Catherine.

Finally, as an audiobook I must commend Bianca Amato's narration. This is a vast task, covering over 24 hours. She is memorable in her depiction of the characters and the consistency of the narrator's voice.

This will be the first of many Philippa Gregory novels for me.
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- Glen


Beautifully told from a woman's perspective.
Margaret Pole's story respectfully told with dignity.
i loved every word.
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- Samantha

Book Details

  • Release Date: 04-09-2014
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster UK