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The Kingmaker's Daughter [Hardcover]

Philippa Gregory
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Aug. 14 2012 Cousins' War
In this New York Times bestseller that inspired the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, Philippa Gregory tells the tale of Anne Neville, a beautiful young woman who must navigate the treachery of the English court as her father, known as the Kingmaker, uses her and her sister as pawns in his political game.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter—Philippa Gregory’s first sister story since The Other Boleyn Girl—is the gripping tale of the daughters of the man known as the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick: the most powerful magnate in fifteenth-century England. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters, Anne and Isabel, as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right.

At the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne grows from a delightful child to become ever more fearful and desperate when her father makes war on his former friends. Married at age fourteen, she is soon left widowed and fatherless, her mother in sanctuary and her sister married to the enemy. Anne manages her own escape by marrying Richard, Duke of Gloucester, but her choice will set her on a collision course with the overwhelming power of the royal family.

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“Gregory returns with another sister act. The result: her best novel in years.” (

The Kingmaker’s Daughter is Gregory in fine form. . . . The Cousins' War . . . provides a rich setting for drama with its endless plots and conniving courtiers.” (Associated Press)

“Gregory ... always delivers the goods. Her latest novel wraps up her ‘cousins' war’ series of royal witches, philanderers and kingslayers with the story of King Richard III's wife, Anne Neville, who went from the marital bed of one royal prince to that of another king-to-be during this long family feud.” (New York Post)

“From the queen of royal fiction comes a gripping 15th-century tale of the daughters of the man known as the ‘Kingmaker.'" (San Antonio Express-News)

"Gorgeous fun." (New York Daily News)

“Conspiracy and a fight to the death for love and power.” (Los Angeles Times)

“Gregory is one of historical fiction’s superstars, and The Kingmaker’s Daughter shows why. . . . providing intelligent escape, a trip through time to a dangerous past.” (Historical Novels Review (Editor's Choice Review))

“The bonds of sisterhood infuse Gregory’s latest. . . . The stakes are high as Anne and Isabel Neville, daughters of the earl of Warwick (‘The Kingmaker’), vie for their father’s favor and a chance at the throne. . . . . In addition to Gregory handling a complicated history, she convincingly details women’s lives in the 1400s and the competitive love between sisters.” (Publishers Weekly)

“Gregory delivers another vivid and satisfying novel of court intrigue, revenge, and superstition. Gregory’s many fans as well as readers who enjoy lush, evocative writing, vividly drawn characters, and fascinating history told from a woman’s point of view will love her latest work.” (Library Journal)

“It’s every man and woman for themselves in Gregory’s latest, which offers reliable royal entertainment." (Booklist)

“Gregory creates suspense by raising intriguing questions about whether her characters will transcend their historical reputations.” (Kirkus Reviews)

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her Cousins’ War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website,

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A lesser known queen's intriguing life! Aug. 28 2012
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Anne Neville was a lesser known noblewoman and queen of England. In The Kingmaker’s Daughter, Philippa Gregory brings Anne to vibrant life by writing about her difficult life and subsequent rise to glory as Queen of England. What is most heart-wrenching about Anne’s story is that she and her sister, Isabel, were pawns to the men in their lives whose quest for power was relentless.

Although Anne is not the spirited, feisty heroine of other historical biographical novels, she is truly fascinating. It is important that these women’s lives are written about, not only to show the extent of their suffering at the hands of the men surrounding them, but to clearly reflect the true status of women and their lack of rights in all eras of history. What is important is that Philippa Gregory has written a true and accurate accounting of this woman’s life, and that is what I applaud highly. Her conflict with Elizabeth Woodville is deep and all encompassing throughout the novel and makes for a fascinating story-line.

Although Anne is not the fiery heroine, the conflict surrounding her is all consuming and makes for fast page-turning. The novel captures the reader’s interest from the very first to the very last page. It is eloquently written with believable characters, an incredible amount of brilliant descriptions, and wonderful emotion.

The Kingmaker’s Daughter is the fourth book in a series about the women in Cousin’s War Series - Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort, and Jacquetta Woodville. It is not necessary to read this in any particular order. It is fascinating to see how the author moves between these characters, fairly depicting them and their personalities, despite their faults. Fans of Philippa Gregory will definitely enjoy this novel set in a disorderly and dangerous period in England’s rich history. I highly recommend this! What a wonderful story!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Hard to out down!! Feb. 14 2013
This novel is such a wonderful book to read. The narrator is Anne, the sister of Isabel, and the story Anne tells of their perilous lives. With parents whose only sight was winning, and a mother who wished to advance herself only, it shows how people became pawns in order to win. I love the description of the dresses, the lands, the ways in which people actually lived during those times. Thank you to this author for taking me on a readable journey that I loved!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Kingmaker's Daughter Jan. 17 2013
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Philippa Gregory never disappoints and she certainly did not in this book - excellent - her historical research is great - she had me checking some things out on Google - great read.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A very entertaining CD March 8 2014
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Gregory brings all her characters alive and captures the tension and drama of the period. This makes for a very enthralling story. Beautifully read by the actor. I have bought copies as gifts for members of my family.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another great story. Dec 26 2013
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As always, a great story by Philippa Gregory! I find her writing easy to read, no slow spots. She keeps you interested & wanting more.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great book Oct. 29 2013
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I'm about half done with the book and it's amazing, way better than the White Queen or the White Queen tv show. Amazing author.
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