Review: The Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen and the King’s Mother

Genre: Non-fiction
Pages: 338
Published: September 15, 2011
Publisher: Simon and Schuster ltd
Source: For review

#1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory and two historians present a must-have non-fiction book for both fans and scholars.

My thoughts:
I have actually never reviewed non-fiction before, and in the end I have not read much either, since my non-fiction mostly consists of uni textbooks (and none that exciting as this one). After having read all 3 books by Philippa Gregory it was interesting to read this book since this one is all fact and thoughts about these three women. But how to review is the question. I can’t say I did not like something that happens since it is what happened. So I looked at is this way, was it boring and made me fall asleep? The question to that is no. It was never dry.
Philippa Gregory has written the first part about Jacquetta and she tells the story from cradle to grave. The little that is known about this fascinating woman. I do love any woman who went her on way at a time where your father, husband, brother or king ruled you. Sure many other women went their own way, but I just like how she married so far beneath her status, she must have loved him so and I am a sucker for that.
The next part is by David Baldwin and he tells the story about Elizabeth Woodville. I will always like the Woodville family and they are just so slandered, it is horrible. They were certainly not the first family to gain lands, titles and money when someone from their family caught a king’s eye. And even if her husband was a terrible womanizer I will always like their story, lust at first sight 😉
The last part is by Michael Jones and it is about Margaret Beaufort (whom I called the bitch in The Red Queen). It is strange to say that you do not like someone that has lived and you have never met, but I just do not like it (but her story is a good one), and I certainly do not like her son Henry Tudor. Lol, I have a strange aversion for all the Tudors for some reason. Well starting from Henry. Oh and I am sure these two killed the princes in the tower, ok, I am just blaming them since I dislike them.
All in all 3 good authors writing about 3 interesting women, that history has vilified or as with Margaret made all saintly and good. It is not perhaps a book you read at once. No, you can read one section and then read another another day. History is not going anywhere.
A good book to read after reading this series, or a good book to make you want to read the Cousin’s War books.
I can’t grade non.fiction, it fits

37 thoughts on “Review: The Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen and the King’s Mother

  1. Mel says:

    The only non-fiction I usually read are the (very) odd historical book like this – and as the three women focussed on are so fascinating. Always difficult to review a non-fiction book but as lomng as you weren't bored that's the best thing! 🙂

  2. Anachronist says:

    Oh what a surprise – you actually read a good non-fiction book! Well done! There's some er…hope…for you left ;-).More seriously I would love to read that one too! A great review, Blodeuedd!

  3. Blodeuedd says:

    ChrisLol, well not that long for me, I read some textbooks, blehMelI know, that is my scale, bored or not ;)And this is the kind of non-fic I enjoy.CherryIt was interesting 🙂 And I sure do not read a lot of non-fic on my own choosing. the last I chose was something about kings and mistressesElysiumTake a chance 😉 I did, I hope it paid out too.

  4. Melissa (Books and Things) says:

    I love it when you get a non fic book and it rocks. It's rare, I think. I mean maybe we are just so used to school books which I have always believe was made to teach us how to sleep and read at the same time. Since you liked this one, I think I will check it out!

  5. Blodeuedd says:

    VVBI know 🙂 That is just us, fiction lovers :DAnaDo not faint now! I know the shock must be difficult to bare, but I read non-fiction 😉 Lol, I am so happy that I can be saved.Thanks!CarrieI loved that too. Damn I love the Woodvilles, esepcially Anthony ;)DianaThat one sounds good, not the idiot part, but the rest, lol

  6. Carole Rae says:

    Sounds like a pretty informative read! I love a good non-fiction book once in a while. It's a change of pace. I don't like Henry Tudor…but the other Tudors are okay, I guess. I like Elizabeth and Jasper and that's pretty much about it.

  7. naida says:

    I'm a big fan of Philippa Gregory.For never having reviewed non fiction, you did a great job!lol about the Margaret Beaufort comment :PThis does sound like a good read.

  8. Aarti says:

    I didn't realize this book was written by three different authors until reading this review.I think you tackled non-fiction very well here 🙂

  9. Jenny says:

    I haven't read anything non fiction since college, but I might have to make an exception for this one! I feel like anything Philppa writes is probably worth a read:)

  10. Blodeuedd says:

    BermudaI hope you do :)YvonneMe neither, but it felt nice for a chanceCaroleJasper I like I guess, I have not read much about him. it is with Henry VII it started for meNaidaLol, yes I sure do not liek Beaufort ;)Thanks, I am glad you think so

  11. Anachronist says:

    To honour your effort of reading and reviewing a non-fiction book I promise to read and review a book (roll of drums) of (another roll of drums) Courtney Milan! YES!Aren't I a good sport? ;D

  12. Blodeuedd says:

    AartiAww, thanks :DI missed that at first too.Amusedit was interesting, just like it should beStaciHihi, well I google a LOT when reading sometimes ;)PattiIt was fun, and especially after reading about them. I could think about it moreMelissaTrue, it is just the way it is. And I like the font 😉

  13. Blodeuedd says:

    JennyThat's the truth!I sure read non-fiction so seldom, but it happensMelissa SwimFor me too, cos I mostly think boring uni textbooksAna*falls off the chair*I am lost for words!*appaluds*I wanna read more by her too!VeensUgh, textbooks, I have like 20 sitting next to me, all very boring.kayeNot a big fan here either, but like you say, if it is good its' goodAurianLol, I hear that

  14. Jenny N. says:

    I almost never read non-fiction unless you count the textbooks I read for school. The three women have lived interesting lives but I probably won't be reading this book.

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