The King's Curse

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Simon and Schuster, Sep 9, 2014 - Fiction - 624 pages
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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 VIIIís stratospheric rise to power in Tudor England.

Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VIIís 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 supporteróSir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margaretís 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. Margaretís 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 ďholiestĒ 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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Review: The King's Curse (The Cousins' War #6)

User Review  - Giselle at BO-OK NERD Canada - Goodreads

Way to go Giselle, accepting a review book when it's the last and sixth book in the series. LOL why didn't I research this book before saying yes? *sighs* Well guess I have to find spoiler-y reviews Read full review

Review: The King's Curse (The Cousins' War #6)

User Review  - The Advocate - Goodreads

"Despite the fact that Henry VIII's reign is much-trodden territory, Gregory manages to give it a somewhat fresh look and her story, as always, rips along with great sweeps of emotion." Read more here. Read full review

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on womenís history. Her Cousinsí War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website,

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