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  • Hardcover: 432 pages
  • Publisher: Touchstone (Aug. 14 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 145162607X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1451626070
  • Product Dimensions: 15.9 x 3.3 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 658 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #155,366 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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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 graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds an honorary degree from Teesside University, and is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff. She welcomes visitors to her website,

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By The Curious Dame TOP 100 REVIEWER on Aug. 28 2012
Format: Hardcover
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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Desertgold on Feb. 14 2013
Format: Hardcover
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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By Mys M TOP 500 REVIEWER on July 21 2013
Format: Paperback
Philippa Gregory's gripping story of Queen Anne, The Kingmaker's Daughter, shows a different perspective of the political intrigue surrounding the court of Edward IV and the upstart Woodville family of his beautiful, bewitching queen than her previous books about the women of the Cousins War, later known as the War of the Roses.

Anne, daughter of the Kingmaker, Richard Neville, Earl of Warwick, and her sister Isabel, are destined to marry the other 2 York brothers, Richard, Duke of Gloucester, and George, Duke of Clarence, respectively. With no sons, Warwick uses both his daughters as pawns to feed his desire to rule England through one of them; it makes no difference to him which one. The kingmaker drops one and picks up the other when things do not go his way, changes loyalties, changes prospective pretenders, and in the end is killed by his former protegé, Edward IV.

But Warwick does dote on Anne. We watch her grow up from a carefree, favourite child to become a widow at 14, having had a brief and miserable marriage to Prince Edward, son of Henry IV and Margaret of Anjou, a pawn in her father's quest to rule England. She goes next to the restrictive wardship of her brother-in-law, George, who cares only for her inheritance in his drive to replace his brother as king. From there, she becomes a happy wife to her rescuer, Richard, and finally, a wife and mother who dreads to go to court for fear of being poisoned by the Lancaster queen who has never forgiven the Nevilles for the death of her own father and brother.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Beryl Harrington on 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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By alex on Sept. 27 2012
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Philippa Gregory rarely disappoints and this is another good historical read from her. it was not one of her best in that she is repetitive through her main character partly because there are so many historical figures to follow. However she still captures as always the period, also the intrigues of court life.
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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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Always fascinated by her views over history and human characters with their challenging dramas! Once you start reading Philippa Gregory's books, you always want to read more of them....
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