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The Summer Queen
Elizabeth Chadwick
The Women of the Cousins' War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King's Mother - Philippa Gregory, Michael Jones, David Baldwin, Michael K. Jones
I thoroughly enjoyed the pieces on Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort, each written by the subject’s major biographer. Philippa Gregory’s contribution is on Jacquetta Woodville (Elizabeth’s mother and the subject of her book, The Lady of the Rivers) as well as a lengthy introduction on women in history and history in historical fiction. Since there is very little that’s really known about her subject, Gregory is forced into lots of “maybes”, “perhaps” and “could haves”. I liked her introduction much more and even though I don’t agree with a lot of her theories, it was interesting to hear her point of view on the topic and how she approaches writing her novels. 4 stars (based on the contributions of Baldwin and Jones)