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The King's Curse

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Philippa Gregory

Narrated By: Bianca Amato

Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: September 2014

Duration: 24 hours 17 minutes


The final novel in the Cousins' War series, the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, by #1 New York Times bestselling author and "the queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the fascinating story of Margaret Pole, cousin to the "White Princess," Elizabeth of York, and lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon.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.


  • nab6215

    Besides being an excellent read, "The King's Curse" fills in the details on the supporting cast of King Henry VIII. This story about Lady Margaret Pole touches many royals of the time. I'm watching Showtime's Tudors and am hoping it will help. Also of note at the end of the book, Philippa Greggory mentions Kell antigen, McLeod syndrome for the deaths of King Henry VIII's children as well as his own changing behavior. I wish his remains would be exhumed so we would know.

  • Kelli

    I so enjoy Phillipa Gregory's books, and this book was no exception. Riveting and well narrated, I loved every second of it!

  • Sherry Behrends

    Well written and researched. Thank you Ms. Gregory for reminding me that our modern time period is not the only "troubled times ".

  • Margaret Lunn

    Excellent story..very well written...and true Such cruelty in those days

  • Valentyna Dergachova

    A little bit long but so exiciting novel! I loved it.

  • Patricia Heinzmann

    Wonderful! This whole series has been incredible!

  • Lenika Banks

    Unbelievable story, truly an incredible read! Best of the series!