The next installment in bestselling author Philippa Gregory’s Cousins’ War series is The King’s Curse, due to hit shelves on September 9, 2014. This historical novel takes a closer look at the very intriguing Margaret Pole, a woman who was prominently featured in Gregory’s 2013 novel The White Princess. This book sheds light on the exciting life and times of this high ranking noblewoman who was the niece of Edward IV and cousin to Elizabeth of York.
Few lives were as dramatically impacted by the War of the Roses as that of Margaret Pole. The daughter of George Duke of Clearance, sentenced to death for treason by his own brother the king, Margaret was a conflicted young woman who was always obliged to demonstrate her loyalty to the crown, particularly after Henry Tudor founded a new royal dynasty by striking down Margaret’s uncle Richard III, and marrying her cousin Elizabeth.
Margaret’s brother George had a claim to the throne himself, and many believed he should be king despite his perceived slowness of mind. However, Henry had him confined to the Tower of London for years to protect his monarchy. As George’s sister and as a member of the Plantagenet family, Margaret was also viewed by Henry as a threat, which is why it isn’t surprising that he had her married off to one of his staunchest supporters.
Margaret later became chief lady-in-waiting to her Katherine of Aragon, the wife of Henry VIII and was forced to choose sides once again when the king annulled his marriage to Katherine in order to marry Anne Boleyn. But this time she’s conflicted in the matter of allegiance as well as the religion that she loves.
The King’s Curse is currently available for pre-order.