The King's Curse

The King's Curse

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From the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the Starz original series The White Queen comes the story of lady-in-waiting Margaret Pole and her unique view of King Henry VIII's stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England.

Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VII's claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporter-Sir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margaret's contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon. Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the honeymooning couple, hiding her own royal connections in service to the Tudors.

After the sudden death of Prince Arthur, Katherine leaves for London a widow, and fulfills her deathbed promise to her husband by marrying his brother, Henry VIII. Margaret's world is turned upside down by the surprising summons to court, where she becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. But this charmed life of the wealthiest and "holiest" woman in England lasts only until the rise of Anne Boleyn, and the dramatic deterioration of the Tudor court. Margaret has to choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, or to her beloved queen; to the religion she loves or the theology which serves the new masters. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2014.
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition.
ISBN: 9781451626117
1451626118
Characteristics: 612 pages :,maps.

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RidnLibn Sep 01, 2016

How does Philippa Gregory do it? We know the history and often know how the story will end - but her narrators are so human, the dilemmas so real that we can't put the books down. In this new spin on the Henry VIII saga, the main character, Margaret Pole, rises through court to become guardian of Henry's only child, Princess Mary. The ebb and flow of Margaret's fortunes are riveting right through their startling conclusion. A must-read for historical fiction fans.

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Schoolgurl95
Feb 06, 2015

This was very long and drawn out, but good. Margaret Pole is definitely a person worth reading about. She was at the heart of many arcs of the Tudor era but is often overlooked by history. One thing I didn't like about this book though was the discrepancies in the characterization of Katherine of Aragon and occasionally, Margaret herself. If you read "The Constant Princess" by the same author you'll know what I mean.

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marrilynatsccl
Dec 28, 2014

wait for e-book

QueenNut Nov 06, 2014

I agree with Lamlake. Even within the book itself there seemed to be a repeating "tone". Was still interesting from a third perspective though.

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secretarybird
Oct 13, 2014

An amazing book. So interesting and full of the intrigue of the Tudor Court. Just wanted to keep reading more.

ehbooklover Oct 06, 2014

A wonderful end to Gregory’s Cousins' War series, this title is a meticulously well researched and compelling account of Henry VIII’s brutal reign told from the point-of-view of Margaret Pole, the daughter of George, Duke of Clarence.

emerald2pac Oct 01, 2014

Great addition to the Cousin's War series. And lead in to the Tudor's series. Very interesting. After reading I immediately wanted to look up and do more research into the actual facts between the books and real life.

Kdmullerspy Sep 21, 2014

Awesome book!

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jazpur
Sep 08, 2014

Philippa Gregory has extended her series which follows the Wars of the Roses and the Tudors in' The King's Curse'.Margaret Pole was Elizabeth of York's cousin, married to a Tudor knight.She deals with the immense political and religious issues of the day and the intrigues of the Court with her customary skill, making the grim events come alive for the reader.

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stephaniedchase
Jul 07, 2014

Another interesting look at the British monarchy, this time, looking at the reign of Henry VIII through a character peripheral to Gregory's other tellings. While THE KING'S CURSE does not have a love story -- often a strong part of her novels -- her main character, Margaret Pole, has seen a great deal and is a compelling character on her own.

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Schoolgurl95
Feb 06, 2015

"I am filled with a great ecstasy of rebellion. I do not consent to the will of the madman Henry Tudor, and I do not put my head meekly down upon the block, and I never will. I am going to fight for my life and I say "No!" as I struggle to rise, and "No" as the blow comes again, and "No" as I crawl away, blood pouring from the wound in my neck and my head, blinding me but not drowning my joy in fighting for my life even as it is slipping away from me, and witnessing, to the very last moment, to the wrong that Henry Tudor has done to me and mine. "No!" I cry out. "No! No! No!"

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Schoolgurl95
Feb 06, 2015

"Before God, I am a Plantagenet. I am a daughter of the House of York. My own father broke sanctuary, murdered a king, and was killed by his own brother. My mother followed her father into rebellion and changed sides and waged war with her husband against him. We are a house of men and women who always follow our own wills; we cannot be made to fear consequences. If you show us danger we will always, always go towards it. They call us the demon's brood for our devilish willfulness"

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Schoolgurl95
Feb 06, 2015

Schoolgurl95 thinks this title is suitable for 17 years and over

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