Three Sisters, Three Queens
Publisher: Simon & Schuster (UK)
Date: August 2016
Duration: 21 hours 11 minutes
Young Katherine of Aragon, proud daughter of King Ferdinand and Queen Isabella, leaves her beloved Spain to be married to King Henry VII's oldest son, the sickly Prince Arthur who dies six months into the marriage. Left a widow who was never truly a wife, Katherine falls in love with his brother Prince Henry-now heir to the throne as Henry VIII. Handsome, ambitious and versed in the arts, Henry is all Katherine wants in a husband, but when Henry becomes enamored with the daughter of a mere nobleman, Anne Boleyn, Katherine must fight to remain Queen of England and keep the man she loves. Katherine's sister-in-law, Margaret Tudor, also accepts her fate when she is married by proxy to James IV, King of Scotland, to solidify England's peace treaty with Scotland. Despite her fears, Margaret falls in love with Scotland and quickly produces an heir for King James, a tangible symbol of her allegiance to both England and Scotland. Yet having an heir doesn't guarantee her safety when King James leads an invading army against her brother, King Henry VIII. Alone in a strange land, Margaret must choose which allegiance she stands with, her homeland of England, or Scotland, the land her son seems destined to rule. Margaret's sister, Princess Mary Rose, is one of the few people King Henry VIII adores unconditionally. She is the golden child of the Tudor family, adored throughout Europe for her beauty and charm. Until King Henry VIII, to seal England's alliance with France, offers the twelve-year-old princess in marriage to the aging king of France. With no choice but to sail for France, Mary hones her political skills as Queen of France, biding her time until she can marry the man she truly loves, Charles Brandon, the Duke of Suffolk and King Henry VIII's best friend. Acclaimed bestselling author and historian Philippa Gregory brings to dazzling life the extraordinary stories of the three queens, related by blood and marriage, political pawns caught in a dangerous web of politics, intrigue, and romance, and whose destinies charted the course of history.