The Kingmaker’s Daughter – Review
Currently on Loan from the Library:
The Kingmaker’s Daughter by: Philippa Gregory
The Other Queen by: Philippa Gregory
Anathem by Neal Stephenson
Other Books I’m Reading:
A Voice in the Wind by: Francine Rivers (Which has the distinction of being the first book I’ve ever paid to download. It’s for my new book club)
I am solidly meh on The Kingmaker’s Daughter by Philippa Gregory. To the good, Anne Neville is not often the subject of fiction, or much of anything else. She had the dubious honor of being Princess of Wales while briefly married to Edward of Westminster. For anyone trying to keep score at this point in the War or the Roses, Edward of Westminster was the son of Henry the Sixth and should have been king after his insane father. Except that Edward the Fourth drove his parents from the throne and started, he thought, a Yorkist dynasty. I suspect luckily for Anne, Edward dies about six months after their marriage at the Battle of Tewksbury. Anne then manages to marry Richard, Duke of Gloucester, youngest brother of Edward the Fourth who will one day be Richard the Third. Yes, that Richard the Third. Supposed murderer of his nephews locked in the Tower of London. Which means Anne is Queen of England for almost two years before she dies.
Anne, as cast my Ms. Gregory is perhaps the closest of the author’s heroines to the perfect woman of her time. She is used as a political pawn by her father without a word of objection. She is bullied by her sister and her mother constantly, and rarely bothers to object much. She is loath to confront her husband, even on the question of a legal loophole that would allow him out of the marriage with all of her money. Her mind is constantly preyed upon by worries of witchcraft. Basically she is placid, pliable, devout, rich, and except for the fact that she only manages to produce one son, is in every way the prefect wife.
Okay, Anne does finally lock her mother away after Richard has said mother declared dead long before her actual death. But it was to preserve her marriage and her money. So no real surprise there. Mom should have been wiser than to go there.
This book reminds me of the middle book in a trilogy. It seems written more to move the story along, and set up the next book, rather than as a book for its own sake. I will say the set up for the next book does seem promising. The focus is supposed to be Elizabeth of York, and what happened to her brothers who may or may not have died in the Tower. Elizabeth, grandmother of Elizabeth the First, has long been one of my favorite people in history. So I’m looking forward to the next book.
Enjoyability: I’m going with three and half stars on this one. I don’t feel like I wasted my time. And there were interesting parts. But…..meh.
Where to read this book: It’s a good rainy day book. Entertaining enough, but not if you have something better to do.
Further reading: A Voice in the Wind. I sort of have a deadline approaching.