16 January, 2011

The Queen of Last Hopes

 Book Details from Sourcebooks.com
  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Sourcebooks Landmark (January 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1402242816
  • ISBN-13: 978-1402242816

A man other than my husband sits on England's throne today.
Queen of Last Hopes: The Story of Margaret of AnjouWhat would happen if this king suddenly went mad? What would his queen do? Would she make the same mistakes I did, or would she learn from mine?
Margaret of Anjou, queen of England, cannot give up on her husband—even when he slips into insanity. And as mother to the House of Lancaster's last hope, she cannot give up on her son—even when England turns against them. This gripping tale of a queen forced to stand strong in the face of overwhelming odds is at its heart a tender tale of love.
Award-winning author Susan Higginbotham will once again ask readers to question everything they know about right and wrong, compassion and hope, duty to one's country and the desire of one's own heart. 
About the Author
Susan Higginbotham writes her own historical fiction blog, Medieval Woman, and is active on Twitter. She is also a member of the Historical Novel Society and is a regular contributor to its publications. Susan co-founded the bulletin board Historical Fiction Online, a popular website for lovers of historical fiction. She lives in North Carolina with her family.
My Thoughts: 
Margaret of Anjou, born and raised in France until the age of 15 at which time she became the wife of King Henry VI. She was the Queen Consort of England, twice. Her husband King Henry VI had frequent bouts of insanity thus having Margaret ruling England in his place. She was one of the main figures in what was called The War of the Roses, between Lancastrians and Yorkists. Lots of intrique and switching of loyalties by some main characters.There was a long time animosity between Margaret and the Duke of York which led to the civil conflict that was to last for 30 years. Reading this book helped me to understand The War of the Roses a bit more as I had not read a lot of history in this particular era. I felt that the author did a great amount of research for this entertaining novel and depicting Margaret as a very stong woman of her time. It was very helpful to have the list and descriptions of all the characters involved in this story as it was kind of confusing at times keeping the Edwards and Henry's straight and the changing hands of the  titles. I enjoyed this book and recommend it for anyone interested in the period of English history  and Margaret of Anjou in particular.
I received this book from Sourcebooks and was not compensated monetarily for my review.

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