Three Sisters, Three Queens

Three Sisters, Three Queens

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Baker & Taylor
Brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, Katherine of Aragon forges a unique sisterhood with the king's sisters, Margaret and Mary, that is shaped by rivalries, wars, betrayal, widowhood, motherhood, passion, and secrets.

Baker
& Taylor

Brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, Katherine of Aragon forges a unique sisterhood with the king's sisters, Margaret and Mary, that is shaped by rivalries, wars, betrayal, widowhood, motherhood, passion and secrets. By the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

Simon and Schuster
From #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory, the little-known story of three Tudor women who are united in sisterhood and yet compelled to be rivals when they fulfill their destinies as queens.

As sisters they share an everlasting bond; as queens they can break each other&;s hearts&;

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 unique sisterhood. 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.

Publisher: New York, NY :, Touchstone, An Imprint of Simon & Schuster, Inc.,, 2016
ISBN: 9781476758756
Characteristics: 1 online resource
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Additional Contributors: OverDrive, Inc. - Distributor

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kaseybreda
Aug 22, 2020

TUDORS: book 3 (book 2 = The Constant Princess)

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melizanni
Aug 11, 2020

I absolutely love Phillipa Gregory's books, however I found this one very hard to read, as Margaret Tudor was arrogant, stubborn, entitled and overall a spoiled child. Wouldn't recommend it.

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tina43
May 11, 2020

A very good historical novel about Queen Margaret of Scotland, King Henry VIII's sister, that I knew very little about. I always enjoy Philippa Gregory's writing.

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Bookworm1136
Mar 30, 2020

4 star read. This story is mostly about Margaret Tudor, married to King James of Scotland, but also deals with her relationships with her sister-in-law Katherine of Aragon and her sister Mary Tudor. Margaret grows up as the eldest Tudor sister and is married to James, to cement a peace between England and Scotland. But her life, like the country she rules, is turbulent and there are many betrayals and turmoil. It is safe to say that peace is not easily found for either Margaret or her country. I started out disliking her very much but came to understand and sympathize with her and her trials in life. Another enjoyable read by Gregory, one of my favourite authors of historical fiction. A good read.

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scotar
Aug 05, 2019

Always fascinating and educational. Philippa Gregory never disappoints.

I concur with this comment from a 2016 review:
"Although the urge to race through the novel to see what happens next is strong... read slowly and savor the chance to travel back in time and live in an era ...."
The depiction of the era is excellent but the Tudor princess is indulged, self centred and naïve for much of her adult life. Was she really so easily bribed by dresses and jewellery? This is a good staring novel for younger readers interested in social mores and political tensions in medieval Europe and Britain. The characterization of the Princess Margaret and her younger sister Princess Mary is so shallow it is tedious reading for those already familiar with this era.

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robinandrews10
Feb 19, 2019

I love all of Philippa Gregory’s novels, but this one in particular was an interesting perspective on the relationship of sisters who are also queens.

ArapahoeSusanW Apr 18, 2018

After taking a break from Phillipa Gregory, "Three Sisters, Three Queens" reminded me of why I love her historical fiction! "Three Sisters" chronicles the early Tudor years through the eyes of Henry VIII's older sister, the indomitable Margaret Tudor and her relationships with fellow queen Catherine of Aragon and younger sister Mary Tudor.
I loved Margaret's strength and tenacity although she could be a bit clueless and headstrong as well. Hooked again, I can't wait to get my hands on another Gregory novel!

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Janice21383
Sep 14, 2017

There have been many books about Katherine of Aragon, maybe too many, so why not write one about a woman in her circle -- Henry VIII's elder sister, no less, tumultuous queen and grandmother of Mary, Queen of Scots? You get two stories for the price of one. A good idea, except for two things: 1) little is known about Margaret Tudor's thoughts and feelings, and the author defaults to irritable and bitchy. Picture a less evil Cersei from Game of Thrones. And 2) the life stories of the three queens, with their cycles of tragedy and triumph, love and hate have a great deal of repetition. But there are advantages to seeing history through the eyes of a less than perfect heroine, particularly in judging people like Katherine, who have been sainted by time and good PR. And you can certainly see where Mary, Q. of S. got her headstrong, impulsive behaviour. She was like her grandmother, but more foolish and unlucky.

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jolymac
May 07, 2017

When I started this book, I thought it was a book told by three separate POVs - Katherine, Margaret and Mary. But it was only told from the extremely annoying POV of Margaret. To me, she was an extremely unlikable character - selfish, petty, whiny and entitled.
I find it hard to enjoy a book when I don't like the main character.
I've read quite a few Philippa Gregory books and have always enjoyed them. But I found it really hard to finish this one.

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