In her new book, The Kings Curse, Philippa Gregory adds multiple chapters to the madness of the Tudor Court of King Henry VIII. If you enjoyed her best-selling novel The Other Boleyn Girl, you will be very much at home with The Kings Curse. The story comes through the voice of a new narrator, Margaret Pole of the Yorks, part of the Plantagenets, and considered a rival to the Tudor Throne.
All of the great characters of the period are interwoven throughout the book. The demise of Katherine of Aragon, the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn, Mary Boleyn, Cromwell, Cardinal Wolsey and of course Henry VIII himself. Throughout the novel the crafty and devious Margaret Pole masks her disdain for the Tudors in an effort of save the lives of her sons and Henry and Katherine’s only living child, Mary, the legitimate heir. It is indeed the King’s curse, that he has no legitimate son to continue the Tudor Dynasty.
Gregory’s research and attention to detail is impeccable and her literary style is fast paced. There is never a long wait at the starting line.
Other novels of this era you may enjoy are Katherine by Anya Seton and the entire C.J. Sansom series set during this period. You can search these titles and The Other Boleyn Girl here at gordonsgoodreads.com