Three Sister, Three Queens

Three Sister, Three Queens

Large Print - 2016
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United in sisterhood by birth and marriage, Katherine of Aragon, Queen of England; Margaret Tudor, Queen of Scots; and Mary Tudor, Queen of France immediately recognize each other as both allies and rivals in the treacherous world of court and national politics. Their bonds extend beyond natural and expeditious loyalties, as romance, scandal, war, and religion inextricably unite these three for better or for worse. -- adapted from Booklist.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, 2016
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ℗♭2016
ISBN: 9781410494160
1410494160
Branch Call Number: L FICTION GREGORY 2016
Characteristics: pages cm

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scotar
Aug 05, 2019

Always fascinating and educational. Philippa Gregory never disappoints.

I concur with this comment from a 2016 review:
"Although the urge to race through the novel to see what happens next is strong... read slowly and savor the chance to travel back in time and live in an era ...."
The depiction of the era is excellent but the Tudor princess is indulged, self centred and naïve for much of her adult life. Was she really so easily bribed by dresses and jewellery? This is a good staring novel for younger readers interested in social mores and political tensions in medieval Europe and Britain. The characterization of the Princess Margaret and her younger sister Princess Mary is so shallow it is tedious reading for those already familiar with this era.

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robinandrews10
Feb 19, 2019

I love all of Philippa Gregory’s novels, but this one in particular was an interesting perspective on the relationship of sisters who are also queens.

ArapahoeSusanW Apr 18, 2018

After taking a break from Phillipa Gregory, "Three Sisters, Three Queens" reminded me of why I love her historical fiction! "Three Sisters" chronicles the early Tudor years through the eyes of Henry VIII's older sister, the indomitable Margaret Tudor and her relationships with fellow queen Catherine of Aragon and younger sister Mary Tudor.
I loved Margaret's strength and tenacity although she could be a bit clueless and headstrong as well. Hooked again, I can't wait to get my hands on another Gregory novel!

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Janice21383
Sep 14, 2017

There have been many books about Katherine of Aragon, maybe too many, so why not write one about a woman in her circle -- Henry VIII's elder sister, no less, tumultuous queen and grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots? You get two stories for the price of one. A good idea, except for two things: 1) little is known about Margaret Tudor's thoughts and feelings, and the author defaults to irritable and bitchy. Picture a less evil Cersei from Game of Thrones. And 2) the life stories of the three queens, with their cycles of tragedy and triumph, love and hate have a great deal of repetition. But there are advantages to seeing history through the eyes of a less than perfect heroine, particularly in judging people like Katherine, who have been sainted by time and good PR. And you can certainly see where Mary, Q. of S. got her headstrong, impulsive behaviour. She was like her grandmother, but more foolish and unlucky.

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jolymac
May 07, 2017

When I started this book, I thought it was a book told by three separate POVs - Katherine, Margaret and Mary. But it was only told from the extremely annoying POV of Margaret. To me, she was an extremely unlikable character - selfish, petty, whiny and entitled.
I find it hard to enjoy a book when I don't like the main character.
I've read quite a few Philippa Gregory books and have always enjoyed them. But I found it really hard to finish this one.

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poodlegirl
Mar 17, 2017

WAY too long and SO much redundancy. This royal, Queen Margaret, was so spoiled and childish and became a very boring early on. Perhaps this was/is a realistic portrayal of someone who believes they are chosen by God. The history that occurred around her was very interesting. However, it was too long by about ⅓.

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Lamorna3
Feb 07, 2017

I usually enjoy Philippa Gregory's books immensely but I could not finish this one as I found it tedious

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cassandra123456
Feb 01, 2017

I have loved almost everything that Phillippa Gregory has written, but this one might be the worst of the bunch. Not saying that I didn't devour this book and enjoyed it immensely, just not quiet as much as the others.

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CHRISTI_14
Jan 22, 2017

Excellent novel for lovers of Tudor history. The novel is about the relationships between Katherine of Aragon Henry eight's first wife Princess Margaret sister of Henry the Eight and Princess Mary also sister of Henry 8th.

The author Phillipa Gregory is an historian thus the novel is historically correct. She has wonderfully depicted the life of these royal tudor women, their jealousy, resentments and sympathy for one another in a world where violence, treachery rivalry dominated.

It is interesting to see how these royal woman coped with the patriarchal chaotic authority of Henry the Eight, his advisors and the constant jockeying for power in England, Scotland and Medieval Europe.

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