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PBR Review: This is the second book in the cousinís war trilogy. The story is told from the perspective of Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII and grandmother of Henry VIII. This is a period in Englandís History that is marked with More


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Talking Points: This book truly captures the life style and emotional strife of royalty during the mid to late 1400's. The events depicted show the turncoat nature of people and the need to question the loyalty of everyone. It's fascinating and thought provoking to read about the conflicting values of Margaret Beaufort who is extremely devout, considers herself favored by God and yet is self serving and ruthless. Other interesting threads are the role of woman, the meaning of family and marriage and the sacrifices necessary to snare (and keep) the throne. Recommended for book clubs that enjoy historical fiction or enjoy books featuring strong woman.
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PBR Review: Philippa Gregoryís characters are complex and immensely engaging. The story is thought provoking, multi layered and brimming with unending intrigue and suspense; fueled by the greedy, ambitious, scheming and dangerously vacillati More


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Talking Points: The inner circle of King Henry VIII was in a perpetual state of turmoil, due largely to the King's impulsive and whimsical nature. This not only makes for an entertaining read but fosters lively discussion. There are also plenty of women's issues to discuss as many threads running through this novel show how they were abused and manipulated as part of a power play. Additionally, issues of social injustices and greed will spark conversation. This book will appeal to book clubs that enjoy historical fiction or a light captivating story.
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