I am so excited to finally write my take on one of my favorite Authors, Philippa Gregory. Three Sisters, Three Queens isn’t her latest book but it is the most recent that I have read. I can’t wait to share my thoughts with you on this book. I love reading about the Tudors. As I have mentioned in past posts, they fascinate me. Even though this is historical fiction, I loved it all the same.
So What’s this book about?
Three Sisters, Three Queens is about the two sisters and the first wife of King Henry VIII. It is written from the point of view of Margaret, who becomes the Queen of Scotland. I’m going to leave the description on the back of the book because it does the best at describing what this book conveys to the reader:
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. But 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.
What’s my take on the book?
It’s really hard not to be a bit biased when it comes to Philippa Gregory’s books. I have been a fan for a long time. Each new book I read makes me more of a fan than before. Three Sisters, Three Queens is no exception. I really enjoyed reading this book from the point of view of a woman who I, and most people, know very little about. Philippa Gregory has an amazing way of transforming these unknown women from just another mysterious historical figure to a human being with thoughts, emotions and real experiences that are completely relatable.
At first, I didn’t like Margaret. She starts off as a young spoiled little princess raised for one purpose: To become a pawn in a dangerous battle between kings. To her though, becoming queen is her birthright. She sees and knows nothing else. However, as I saw her evolve and grow I related to her more throughout the book.
I also learned more about Katherine of Aragon and the youngest Tudor sister, Mary. Even though they are queens, I found it hard not to relate to them in various parts of the book.
Why I think you should read this book:
Three Sisters, Three Queens is hands down, one of my favorite books. While I love reading about Queen Elizabeth I, who is my favorite Tudor, I also love getting to know these other fascinating and complicated people from the famous family through Philippa Gregory’s books. This book prompted me to do some research on Margaret and her sister. Very little is known about Margaret but I feel I have gotten to know her all the same.
Even though this is historical fiction – and because of that no one can really know what was in the hearts and minds of these women – I learned a great deal. So if you love historical fiction or if you love History, this is the book for you. Margaret, Mary, and Katherine were all women who were Queens yet they were nothing more than pawns in the game of political warfare between men who did not value them.
So, if you are interested, dive into the world of Kings and Queens and discover the danger, the passion and the loss of these three Queens.
Thanks so much for reading!