Three Sisters, Three Queens - Philippa Gregory

Three Sisters, Three Queens

Author: Philippa Gregory


  • Publication Date: 2016-08-09
  • Category: Historical
4 Score: 4
(From 292 Ratings)

Summary

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory, the little-known story of three Tudor women who are united in sisterhood and yet compelled to be rivals when they fulfill their destinies as queens.

As sisters they share an everlasting bond; as queens they can break each other’s hearts…

When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined—with Margaret’s younger sister Mary—to a unique sisterhood. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland, and France.

United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son.

Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss, and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.

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  • 🤷🏻‍♀️🤷🏻‍♀️

    3
    By Aleshia🌞
    I'm a few chapters in and I just feel like it's hard to like the princess, she's very rude and ungrateful and hateful. I would say that in this book and the way the book perverse her she definitely deserves to be named after lady grandmother because she acts just like her
  • Three Sisters, three Queens

    5
    By Duchnvfl
    I love Philippa Gregory's books especially The Boleyn Girl but this book had me from the beginning and never wanted it to end. Saw part of filming for White Princess over the summer at Wells Cathedral and can't wait to see the whole story on TV.
  • Poor Whiny Margaret. . .

    2
    By MamaOval
    I know the author must like challenges, (she's a master writer), but Margaret was downright tiresome as a main character: I admire the author's ability to weave a story but seeing the story to it's end was like serving on jury duty.
  • A different and unique view

    4
    By mattrae
    I liked the way the story took on the perspective of the oldest Tudor Princess, Margaret. It is her descendants that lead to the current serving royals in England. Fascinating to think what life was like for her during this time.
  • Enjoy her books!

    5
    By Knit Nammy
    I have looked forward to reading this book, and now that I have, I can say that it was an educational experience, as historical fiction should be. While I know much more about Katherine and Mary, it was interesting reading through this speculation about Margaret's life. Ms. Gregory admits there is not much in the historical record concerning Margaret, but nonetheless, Ms. Gregory wove a believable story with the information available. So much so, that I was intrigued enough to search her bibliography for more information about Margaret and ordered one book, and in the process of ordering, found another. I have been to Edinburgh Castle and Sterling Castle numerous times, (Sterling, Scotland being one of my favorite places to visit among extensive travel throughout western and Eastern Europe) and could easily envision everything depicted in this novel. This book was well worth waiting for, as all of her books are. Well done, Philippe Gregory! Can't wait for the next one!
  • Slow start, stronger finish

    3
    By Nepats4112
    I didn't enjoy this one as much as "The Other Boleyn Girl" or "The White Queen." It is written in the voice of the main character, Margaret Tudor, thoughout her life. Fortunately, her narration matures as she does, and even though I understand the author's intent, I found it tedious until the last third of the book. The fictionalized account of her place in history is definitely an interesting read.
  • Three Susters, Three Queens

    1
    By Elisabetta2010
    This is no way Philippa Gregory's finest offer; in fact, In my opinion, this is her worst novel. The three queens: Margaret, Mary, and Katherine are portrayed as simpering, manipulative, conniving women who are easily pacified with articles of clothing and wads of silk fabric! And then in the end Gregory proselytize in Mary's voice about the importance of sisterhood. There is no sisterhood in this pulp, only capital gains for Ms. Gregory. What a disappointment.
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens

    1
    By Tudor junkee
    Very disappointed in this book. It was so repetitive and felt like reading a soap opera.
  • So disappointed

    1
    By Jlrue
    I typically enjoy Gregory's books. I found this one to be very dull. I couldn't empathize with Margaret and found the narration to be grating. I enjoy learning a bit about historical characters, but this was flat and difficult to invest in.
  • historical fiction

    5
    By Wchter3
    Historical fiction isn't for everyone, but I think this is palpable for regular readers. The characters are so well drawn and the drama is something so outside what we deal with everyday atleast, enough that it proved a nice escape.

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