‘There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters.Â We never take our eyes off each other.Â In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other.’
When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure.Â With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined – with Margaret’s younger sister Mary – to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France.
United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other.Â Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret’s boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret’s proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.
Praise for Philippa Gregory:
‘Meticulously researched and deeply entertaining, this story of betrayal and divided loyalties is Gregory on top form’Â Good Housekeeping
‘Gregory has popularised Tudor history perhaps more than any other living fiction writer?all of her books feature strong, complex women, doing their best to improve their lives in worlds dominated by men’Â Sunday Times
‘Engrossing’Â Sunday Express
‘Popular historical fiction at its finest, immaculately researched and superbly told’Â The Times