Jan 19, 2017

Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #8)

Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #8)Three Sisters, Three Queens by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Told from Margaret's point of view mainly through letters as Margaret was in Scotland while Katherine and Mary were in England for most of the book. We learn how Margaret was married to King James of Scotland as a teenage and had to cope with his bastards as well as a strange country. How Katherine's instructions to her army to take no prisoners at Flodden Field left Margaret a widow. How her youth and inexperience led the young widow to marry Archibald Douglass. How Margaret resented Katherine and Harry's easy acceptance of Mary's marriage to Charles Brandon after the King of France's death while berating her for marrying Archibald without permission.

When Archibald proved false and kept King James (Margaret's son) a virtual prisoner Katherine's deteriorating marriage led her to insist that no marriage could be set aside for any reason. How Harry choose to support Archibald over his sister and her son. And how Margaret's divorce from Archibald (even though he treated her horribly) was deplored by Harry while at the same time he was making plans to annul his marriage to Katherine and declare his daughter Mary a bastard.

How Harry allowed the commoner Anne to take precedence over his own sister Mary. How Harry declared the Pope was wrong to say he had to live with Katherine and that he Harry was Head of the Church of England. And how Harry encouraged James to follow his example. James who was very devout backed the Pope. The book ends with Mary's death as Harry was keeping Katherine a prisoner and she couldn't write letters or receive them.

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