- Published: New York : Simon & Schuster, c2010.
- Year Published: 2010
- Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed.
- Description: 382 p. : geneal. table, map; 25 cm.
- Language: English
- Format: Book
- Beaufort, Margaret, -- Countess of Richmond and Derby, -- 1443-1509 -- Fiction.
- Henry -- VII, -- King of England, -- 1457-1509 -- Fiction.
- Nobility -- Fiction. -- Great Britain
- Women -- Fiction. -- History -- Middle Ages, 500-1500 -- England
- Great Britain -- Fiction. -- History -- War of the Roses, 1455-1485
- Historical fiction.
- Biographical fiction.
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Call number: Fiction
Available Copies: Downtown 1st Floor, Downtown Storage Adult, Malletts Adult, Pittsfield Adult, Traverwood Adult
"A Touchstone book."
Married to a man twice her age, quickly widowed, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret Beaufort is determined to turn her lonley life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son on the throne of England regardless of the cost to herself, England, and even her son. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she names him Henry, like the king; sends him into exile; and pledges him in marriage to her enemy Elizabeth of York's daughter. As the political tides constantly move and shift, Margaret charts her own way through another loveless marriage, treacherous alliances and secret plots, always with her ultimate goal before her.
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Gregory portrays Beaufort as a very bitter woman, but it is no wonder as her parents married her to a man twice her age when she was 14. Her husband treated her very roughly. When she finally did become pregnant with the much anticipated heir of the Lancastrian line, Beaufort's mother tells the midwives to save the baby and sacrifice the mother if need be during the birth.
Although Beaufort falls in love with her late husband's younger brother (it is not clear if this is historically accurate), she instead marries again to someone who can help her son gain the throne. In this, as in other novels about historical figures, Gregory takes some poetic license in order to make the characters more believable and further the plot.
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