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The Kingmaker

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"Kingmaker" Richard, Earl of Warwick, uses his daughters as political pawns before their strategic marriages place them on opposing sides in a royal war that will cost them everyone they love.
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Philippa Gregory is the BEST at bringing history to life and making you look at it in a completely different light. Having just read the historical account of the War of the Roses, it was amazing to see it again through the eyes of Anne Neville.
When Gregory tells her stories, you are her characters. You feel and know and experience everything with Anne as she suffers the fate of being a pawn of ambition and power-mongering.
Lastly, seeing Richard III as a man very different than the Richard of Shakespearean fame was refreshing and new. We will never know who the real Richard was, but the complexity of his character and the uniqueness of his situation are the things epics are fashioned from. ( )
  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
philippa Gregory always a good read. This was not a bookclub book, but could be ( )
  PatLibrary123 | Aug 9, 2022 |
This book helped me untangle all of the children involved in the cousin's war. You thought it would have been the book about Jacquetta, who had 13 children. Somehow each line of children is clearly delineated here. Enough of that. I thought the title was plural, "Daughters" but I now see it is singular. It would have been ok plural however because it does tell the stories of both Isabel and Anne. It is told from the point of view of Anne, but Isabel's point of view is well-understood. The book leaves you with some historical things to ponder: Was Queen Elizabeth a witch? If nothing else she certainly did heavily influence King Edward; Was Richard deformed?

2018: Well, yes, King Richard III was deformed. His bones were found! He had 60-80% curvature of the spine from scoliosis. For more info, I recommend watching, "Richard III--The New Evidence." It would be really cool if they could determine if he was only half-brother the Edward because Edward was the archer's son.

Back to the ladies. I have really enjoyed getting the perspective of all the women of the time: Margaret of Anjou, Margaret Beaufort, Jacquetta, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne and Isabelle Neville.
The book seemed to reflect how going from a girl to a woman was a harsh division to life.

Just like the last time I am left with questions. George seemed to hate Isabel in the beginning, did he really warm up to her? Did Richard really things up so that he could set aside Anne and keep her property? ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
The fascinating story of Anne and Isabelle Warwick, daughters of "the Kingmaker". Political intrigue, sisterly rivalry, love won and lost. Two engaging heroines who hedge the family bets for success and power. Fans of Philippa Gregory and/or the English court will not want to miss this one! ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Aug 31, 2021 |
I loved it. Not a lot known about Anne Neville, but fun to imagine how the wife of King Richard III felt and played out her life "against" the beloved Queen Elizabeth. Easy reading and once you start you can't put it down. ( )
  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
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Amato, BiancaNarratorsecondary authorsome editionsconfirmed
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