The Kingmaker's Daughter : The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels

  • by Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by Bianca Amato
  • Series: The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels
  • 15 hrs and 7 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

In The Kingmaker's Daughter, number-one New York Times best-selling author Philippa Gregory presents the riveting story of Anne Neville, her sister Isabel, and their ever-changing fortunes.
The Kingmaker's Daughter is the gripping and ultimately tragic story of the daughters of the man known as the "Kingmaker", the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he uses the two girls as pawns in his political games, but they grow up to be influential players in their own right. In this novel, her first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl, Gregory explores the lives of two fascinating young women.
At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child brought up in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard, Duke of Gloucester, to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Her will is tested when she is left widowed and fatherless, with her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Fortune's wheel turns again when Richard rescues Anne from her sister's house, with danger still following Anne, even as she eventually ascends to the throne as queen. Having lost those closest to her, she must protect herself and her precious only child, Prince Edward, from a court full of royal rivals.


What the Critics Say

"The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory’s latest. . . . The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick ("The Kingmaker"), vie for their father's favor and a chance at the throne.... In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women's lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters." (Publishers Weekly)
"Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory's many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman's point of view will love her latest work." (Library Journal"Conspiracy and a fight to the death for love and power." (Los Angeles Times)


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Historically incorrect

This book is historically incorrect on many fronts but the most obvious is to suggest Anne Neville wife of Richard III was in any way instrumental in bringing about the disappearance or death of Edward V and Richard Duke of York - whether you believe their deaths were due to Richard III or not is one thing to suggest Anne had anything to do with it is to deny all historical knowledge and evidence. According to chroniclers of the time Robert Brackenbury was under strict orders from the king that anything to do with the Princes could only have been done on receipt of a royal warrant from King Richard himself to suggest he took it on himself at a mere suggestion from Anne is to defame the man's character.

Also Ms Gregory really needs to decide if she is writing an historical novel or a fantasy piece as it is doubtful any person interested in this period of history today would believe Elizabeth Wydville capable of witchcraft.

Furthermore the book is badly written the same points are made again and again and again it is repetitive and tedious in the extreme. There are several instances of use of the present day vernacular which strikes a discordant note in the narrative. I would suggest this book was written to appeal to a young audience who would not know or care about historical detail.

All in all I would not recommend this book.
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Would you listen to The Kingmaker's Daughter again? Why?

The thing about Philippa Gregory’s books is you can always read them again! I find my self cross referencing her other books in this series.

Who was your favorite character and why?

It’s amazing how you read one of the books in the series, and you are completely behind the main character. Then you read another and you change your mind completely. I think now that I have read all three, I need to read them again to decide which character is really my favorite.

Which scene was your favorite?

My favorite scene was when Anne and Isabelle made up after fighting for so long. I think it was a perfect scene to show how sisters can have so much hate and envy towards each other, but sisterly love is forever. However, the most intense scene was when Isabelle went into labor on the ship. It was so intense and powerful. The scene set the tone for the events that followed.

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- Heather "Audio Books make people better drivers! I’m never in a hurry to get where I need to go because I would rather be in Tudor England, listening to a good historical fictional novel. Or I could be somewhere far away with dragons and magic, listening to fantasy. When that is too much drama, I love keeping up with fashion and girl talk with one of my favorite “chick lit” novels."

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-14-2012
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio