In the year of our Lord 1465, Anne Neville is nearly 12 years old. She is the daughter to Richard Neville, the Kingmaker, who no king can hold the throne without him and holds England in his grip. While the story The Kingmaker's Daughter is narrated in Anne’s own voice, it is penned by historical fiction writer Philippa Gregory.
Fifteen century England is quite different than modern 21st century America for women. For one, people are much more religious than in today’s world, but they also are into being superstitious with some using magic and the dark arts. Anne’s life is about routine with her studies of Logic, Grammar, Rhetoric, French, Latin, Music and Dance. She becomes a midwife for her sister when they are on a ship and she must do it in order for the baby to be born. By the time she is 14, her father becomes an arraigned traitor and she is about to be betrothed to a boy three years older than herself and her mother-in-law is referred to as a she-wolf queen. Her father and husband both die in battle. She remarries, but her marriage is not dispensed from the Pope, and there were concerns whether she was legally married and her son was not a bastard, which is something important for royals in that era.
There’s a letter Anne receives from her brother-in-law advising Anne to burn it after reading the contents of the note, which changes her life.
It’s a time where everyone wants to become a kingmaker with someone always being measured to wear a crown. With a constant flow of fresh princes springing up always ready to wear a crown.
Gregory raises money to commission wells in village schools and community gardens in Gambia for the GARDENS FOR GAMBIA project. For more information on author Philippa Gregory and the GARDENS FOR GAMBIA project, please visit her website at www.philippagregory.com.
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