The King’s Curse (The Cousins’ War No.6) – Philippa Gregory
Simon & Schuster, 2014
Margaret Pole was born a Plantagenet, one of the old ruling family of England displaced by the conquering Tudors. Once an heiress to a great fortune and niece to two kings, she now hides her royal name behind marriage to an unassuming knight and buries her grief and ambition with her executed brother. But fortune’s wheel has barely begun turning for Margaret. Whatever name she and her children bear, they will always be Plantagenets. And no one will ever forget it.
This final volume in Gregory’s epic Cousins’ War series was every bit as heartbreaking, infuriating and fascinating as I expected, and then some, following the life of another extraordinary woman living through massive upheaval. The way Gregory has written this series allows layers of depth and meaning – so many perspectives leading through wars, marriages and betrayals, to one hell of a finale. The Tudor Court novels take up where the Cousins’ War leaves off, beginning with The Constant Princess. I intend to devour them all.