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. By the best-selling author of The Other Boleyn Girl.

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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.

Simon and Schuster
“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.”

From the #1 New York Times bestselling author behind the upcoming Starz original series The White Princess, a gripping new Tudor story featuring King Henry VIII’s sisters Mary and Margaret, along with Katherine of Aragon, vividly revealing the pivotal roles the three queens played in Henry VIII’s kingdom.

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.

Publisher: New York : Touchstone, c2016
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781476758572
Branch Call Number: FIC GRE
Characteristics: 556 p. :,maps, geneal. tables ;,25 cm.

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A Tudor Court novel that follows the lives of three princesses in the court of King Henry VIII of England. Essentially a story of family dysfunction as politics, religion, scandal and war stretch and break family loyalties between Katherine of Aragon (Henry's first wife), Margaret Tudor (Queen of... Read More »


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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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poodlegirl
Mar 17, 2017

WAY too long and SO much redundancy. This royal, Queen Margaret, was so spoiled and childish and became a very boring early on. Perhaps this was/is a realistic portrayal of someone who believes they are chosen by God. The history that occurred around her was very interesting. However, it was too long by about ⅓.

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Lamorna3
Feb 07, 2017

I usually enjoy Philippa Gregory's books immensely but I could not finish this one as I found it tedious

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cassandra123456
Feb 01, 2017

I have loved almost everything that Phillippa Gregory has written, but this one might be the worst of the bunch. Not saying that I didn't devour this book and enjoyed it immensely, just not quiet as much as the others.

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CHRISTI_14
Jan 22, 2017

Excellent novel for lovers of Tudor history. The novel is about the relationships between Katherine of Aragon Henry eight's first wife Princess Margaret sister of Henry the Eight and Princess Mary also sister of Henry 8th.

The author Phillipa Gregory is an historian thus the novel is historically correct. She has wonderfully depicted the life of these royal tudor women, their jealousy, resentments and sympathy for one another in a world where violence, treachery rivalry dominated.

It is interesting to see how these royal woman coped with the patriarchal chaotic authority of Henry the Eight, his advisors and the constant jockeying for power in England, Scotland and Medieval Europe.

ehbooklover Dec 01, 2016

3.5 stars. I really love Philippa Gregory. I can always count on her for well-researched, page-turning historical fiction. I enjoyed this one despite the fact that there were many times that I grew tired of the constantly whining and unlikeable protagonist, Margaret Tudor. I also found it very interesting reading about the Anne Boleyn saga from a different point of view.

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