By Philippa Gregory

Number 1 New York Times bestselling writer Philippa Gregory joins eminent historians to discover the extreme precise tales of 3 girls principally forgotten by way of background: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville, queen of britain; and Margaret Beaufort, the founding father of the Tudor dynasty.

In her essay on Jacquetta, Philippa Gregory makes use of unique records, archaeology, and histories of fable and witchcraft to create the first-ever biography of the younger duchess who survived reigns and wars to develop into the 1st woman at rival courts. David Baldwin, verified authority at the Wars of the Roses, tells the tale of Elizabeth Woodville, the 1st commoner to marry a king of britain for romance. And Michael Jones, fellow of the Royal historic Society, writes of Margaret Beaufort, the almost-unknown matriarch of the home of Tudor.

Beautifully illustrated all through with infrequent pictures and resource fabrics, The girls of the Cousins’ War deals attention-grabbing insights into the inspirations in the back of Philippa Gregory’s fiction and may attract all with an curiosity during this epic interval.

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United kingdom Simon & Schuster Australia, Sydney Simon & Schuster India, New Delhi each average attempt has been made to touch copyright holders of fabric reproduced during this booklet. If any have inadvertently been missed, the publishers will be pleased to listen to from them and make stable in destiny variations any blunders or omissions delivered to their consciousness. A CIP catalogue list for this ebook is obtainable from the British Library. ISBN HB 978-0-85720-177-5 ISBN TPB 978-0-85720-178-2 booklet ISBN 978-0-85720-179-9 Typeset in Plantin by means of M ideas revealed within the united kingdom through CPI Mackays, Chatham, ME5 8TD CONTENTS genealogy: The Duchess, the Queen and the King’s mom Battles within the Cousins’ struggle: timeline and map creation Philippa Gregory JACQUETTA OF LUXEMBOURG Philippa Gregory ELIZABETH WOODVILLE David Baldwin MARGARET BEAUFORT Michael Jones representation acknowledgements Index creation Philippa Gregory this can be a new type of publication for me; a suite, written on my own and different historians, of 3 brief ‘lives’ of 3 amazing ladies: Jacquetta Duchess of Bedford, Margaret Beaufort, and Elizabeth Woodville. This publication took place simply because such a lot of readers question me for the ‘true’ tales on which I base my novels, and there's not anything available for those 3: the woman of the Rivers (2011), The pink Queen (2010), and The White Queen (2009). the present biographies of Margaret Beaufort and Elizabeth Woodville have been out of print while i began my examine, and so I labored from infrequent second-hand copies. I invited the authors, David Baldwin and Michael Jones, to every write a quick essay on their topic for us to together post the following. there has been no biography in any respect of Jacquetta, and that i realised that if i needed to determine approximately her lifestyles i might need to do my very own unique examine from the early files, and hint the short references to her that ensue all through different histories. As a girl who used to be current at many nice occasions, and a kinswoman of either royal homes of britain, she is usually pointed out within the histories of her time; yet her tale hasn't ever earlier than been instructed. to track her lifestyles I needed to learn debts of the lives of her contemporaries and of her occasions, ceaselessly looking for a connection with her, her husbands or her relatives. this fashion i've got controlled to track her from her formative years in English-held France, to her family members domestic of Luxembourg, via her first marriage into the royal apartment of Lancaster, into her moment marriage, whilst she lived on the royal courts of Lancaster and York and to her kingdom condominium in England. If she was once current at an exceptional occasion she was once occasionally pointed out by way of identify; a few times she was once one of many basic actors. more often than not the list doesn't converse of her and that i can in basic terms speculate as to what she used to be doing. during writing the biography of a lady who was once current on the occasions yet all-but lacking from the checklist, a lady who's ‘hidden from history’, I needed to take into consideration what it capacity to jot down different varieties of history-based writing.

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