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Royal rivalry

February 15, 2017

Philippa Gregory has, once again, meticulously researched her latest title “Three sisters, three Queens” and focussed on Henry VIII’s two sisters – Margaret, Queen of Scots and Mary, Queen of France – and his first wife – Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England. 

Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory

The book is told from the viewpoint of Margaret, Queen of Scots and describes the dysfunctional sisterhood and great rivalry the three women shared. To be a woman in the 16th century was to acknowledge and accept the superiority of men in all areas of life. The book describes how the three Queens struggled to exert their independence while at the same time surviving political intrigue. They were in constant conflict, yet called on each other for support in their times of greatest need.

 A fascinating read and highly recommended for lovers of English history. 

 

Reviewed by Nikki

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