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The king's curse (original: 2014; edição: 2014)

de Philippa Gregory

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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"--… (mais)
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Título:The king's curse
Autores:Philippa Gregory
Informação:New York : Simon & Schuster, 2014.
Coleções:Sua biblioteca
Avaliação:**
Etiquetas:disappointing, historical-fiction, tudor

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Absolutely my favorite book of the series so far. What a life this woman lead. I have so much appreciation and admiration for her. This is a definite must read. ( )
  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
I liked this better than I remembered. It could be the direct comparison to the dismal book before this one in the series.
Maragaret de la Pole is an interesting and truly tragic Tudor character. She helps to raise Henry VIII and his siblings as well as Queen Mary I. From the scanty historical records which survive from that period that include women she was often in favor with his parents and her appointments at court likely reflect a closeness between Queen Consort Elizabeth and her cousin Lady eventually Countess Margaret. Still her life is heartbreaking on almost every level.
She survives so very much of her family line to end, well, in horrifying brutality.
Her story is well handled in this novel.
In this novel PG tones down the sexist Anne Boleyn storyline and instead holds Henry responsible for his unstable and murderous behavior.

Original Review:
All in all a pretty solid if formulaic installment in Gregory's Cousin's War Series. I enjoyed it. This novel is about the life of Margaret Plantagenet the daughter of George Plantagenet Duke of Clarence-brother to Edward IV and the granddaughter of Warwick the Kingmaker. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
'Henry the king goes too fast for me in a way that Henry the prince never did. For Henry the prince was quick and clever but Henry the king is as fast and as cunning as a madman: wildly decisive.'

Plot

Margaret Pole spends her young life struggling to free her brother, arrested as a child, from the Tower of London. The Tower – symbol of the Tudor usurpation of her family’s throne – haunts Margaret’s dreams until the day that her brother is executed on the orders of Henry VII.

Because of her dangerous Plantagenet name, Margaret is buried in marriage to Sir Richard Pole, governor of Wales. Margaret's life is changed however, when Prince Arthur and his beautiful new bride, Katherine of Aragon arrive to live in her household.

Tragedy throws Margaret into poverty, luck returns her to favour at the King's court when she becomes chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. As the young King becomes increasingly paranoid of his rivals, he turns his fearful attention towards Margaret and her family.

Margaret must choose where her loyalties lie; with the increasingly tyrannical king, or with her beloved Queen and Princess. Margaret now has to find her own way, and hide her knowledge of a curse on the Tudors, which seems to be coming true.


My thoughts

This is the sixth and final book in The Cousin's War series by Phillipa Gregory. The series tells the story of six different women who are close to the throne of England, and have a lot to lose should they find themselves on the losing side.

This story is told through Margaret Pole, daughter to George Duke of Clarence, and niece to two former Kings; Edward IV and Richard III. She was also a close friend and cousin to Elizabeth of York, the wife of King Henry VII and mother to Henry VIII.

When Henry VII killed King Richard at the battle of Bosworth, Margaret's great Plantagenet name became dangerous. She's able to marry a lowly Knight and hide her name, but her younger brother isn't so lucky and is executed by a paranoid king.

This book really tells the story of the rise of Henry VIII, as Margaret watches him grow from a loving little boy eager to outdo his older brother, to a paranoid and tyrannical king. It's interesting to see how his mind and his health decline throughout this book. The people of England rejoiced when he ascended to the throne after the death of his father Henry VII, as Henry VII was greedy, and feared by many. The young king is kind, and dotes on his new wife, his brother's widow Katherine of Aragon.

However, after years of miscarriages and early deaths of his children, Henry grows paranoid that God does not approve of his marriage to Katherine and seeks to cast her aside, as he believes that she can't give him a healthy son.

Margaret is put in a very difficult situation, as she loves the Queen Katherine very dearly, but she can't be seen to oppose the king or she'll risk the death of herself and of her children. Putting the Queen aside also means disinheriting the Princess Mary, who has been raised as a Princess of England, and won't give up her title easily.

I've really enjoyed all of the previous books in this series, and this was no different. For some reason this one took me a long time to read, although it's around the same length as the previous books. There were times when the story seemed to drag out a bit, and I did want it to hurry up at times, but it always kept my attention. I've always had an interest in the reign of Henry VIII, ever since studying the Tudors in Primary School, and I found it fascinating to read Margaret's account of his assent to power, the descent of his mind, and the disappearance of the loving king that England hoped for.



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  Rebecca_Ross | Nov 2, 2020 |
The King's Curse is the final novel in the Cousin’s War series by Philippa Gregory and focuses on Margaret Pole, a cousin to Elizabeth of York (Henry VIII's mother) and a Plantagenet by birth. She's one of the lesser know characters of that time period but still one of the most interesting. Because her family was related to the prior regime, the Plantagenet's, they were considered a threat to the newly crowned Tudors. Margaret was married to a knight, Sir Richard Pole, and sent to Wales and as far away from court as possible. When Henry VIII came to the thrown he remembered Margaret as his governess and brought her to court to serve Princess Mary.

Margaret’s standing at court fluctuated along with the fortunes of Katherine of Aragon and Princess Mary. Margaret was opposed to Henry’s attempts to end his first marriage and was vocal about how much she disliked Anne Boleyn. She left the Court during his marriage to Anne and didn't return to Court for several years. By then Henry was deep in paranoia and Margaret’s family starts to lose their favor.

While not riveting, I found this book to be very interesting. It probably is because I didn't know much about Margaret's life or eventual death. If you are a fan of historical fiction of this period, this one demonstrates Henry's obsession with absolute power, his descent into megalomania, and the consequences for everyone around him. I'm a big fan of Philippa Gregory and can't wait to see where she takes us next.
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  Olivermagnus | Jul 2, 2020 |
Slight drag here and there but still a great book. The different point of view and back story of another not so known character is refreshing. ( )
  smooody106 | Mar 31, 2020 |
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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"--

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