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Three Sisters, Three Queens

Unabridged Audiobook

Written By: Philippa Gregory

Narrated By: Bianca Amato

Publisher: Simon & Schuster (UK)

Date: August 2016

Duration: 21 hours 0 minutes

Summary:

“There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other.”
    When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure.  With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined – with Margaret’s younger sister Mary – to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France.
    United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other.  Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.

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  • Loretta H

    If strong women are your kind of women, you'll love this exciting story of three exceptionally strong heroines. Medieval England was a tumultuous place - patriarchal control over women made it a difficult time in which to live and rule and women had very limited rights. This book focuses on a speculative narrative of the life of Margaret, the famously beautiful Mary, dowager queen of France, and Margaret's sister-in-law, Katherine of Aragon, all of whom battle against the oftentimes frustrating constraints of medieval society. It is beautifully read by Bianca Amato, and comes alive with skilful narration and the accurate depictions of accents, Leading heroine Margaret is strong-willed yet flawed. Her story is both saddening and enlightening - she is a true 'iron fist in a velvet glove' character: strong, resolute, yet relatable in her follies and changes of heart. At the story's opening, Margaret is flagrantly unkind and immature: infuriatingly vain and envious. However, she matures into a capable, resolute, and even likeable woman by the story's close. Her story is exciting and wildly interesting. Drawn from historical accounts, hers is a life in which perseverance becomes a survival mechanism. Flanked by duplicitous advisors and constantly battling against self-interested lords, Margaret's life purpose of achieving a lasting peace between England and Scotland seems to be an impossible goal. This story is very touching in that the depiction of the highs and lows of Margaret's life are relatable. The story is told in simple, yet colourful, language. You'll laugh with this heroine, and also feel the deepest pangs of concern for her as she perseveres with her seemingly impossible job of ruling Scotland.

Three Sisters, Three Queens

by Philippa Gregory

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Three Sisters, Three Queens, Philippa Gregory