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The Beaufort Woman: Book Two of The Beaufort Chronicles by [Arnopp, Judith]
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Margaret Beaufort's story continues in
The Beaufort Woman
As the struggle between York and Lancaster continues, Margaret Beaufort fights for admittance to the court of the victorious Edward IV of York and his unpopular queen, Elizabeth Woodville.
The old king and his heir are dead, leaving only Margaret’s son, the exiled Henry Tudor, with a tenuous claim to the throne. The royal nursery is full, with two small princes securing York’s continuing rule.
But Edward and Elizabeth’s magnificent court hides a dark secret, a deception that threatens the security of the English throne … and all who lust after it.
In 1483, with the untimely death of the King, Margaret finds herself at the heart of chain of events that threaten the supremacy of York, and will change England forever.

The Beaufort Woman: One woman’s selfless struggle for the rights of her son.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Satisfying 17 December 2016
By Kathleen Ingram - Published on
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First, I should say that Margaret Beaufort has not always been my favorite historical figure, but Judith Arnopp has made her character believable and almost engaging. I enjoyed Margaret coming to a comfortable place with Thomas Stanley, and her marriage, as well as her kindness and respect for both Elizabeth and Anne as queens and women.

I was able to envision her as a complicated person but for reasons that were understandable. I am convinced that she had decent relationships with her husbands, for the most part and always understood her obsession for her son Henry's heritage. It really is what she felt her life was about, that and being at court, which had was important to her. She was raised to respect her family heritage and her kinship.

I recommend it to others who enjoy Tudor and Plantagenet novels and history. I am waiting for this authors next novel. ( Hint; Peaceweaver is my favorite)
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Plots & Threats: Everyday Family Politics During England's War of the Roses 5 May 2017
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<strong>Plots & Threats: Everyday Family Politics During England's War of the Roses</strong>

Here is the next chapter in the fascinating saga of one of medieval Europe's most powerful mothers. And while I liked the more personal portrait of Margaret Beaufort Tudor (mother of Henry VII) in the first book of this series, THE BEAUFORT BRIDE, I did enjoy this novel's continuation of her story and her struggle for power.

In Judith Arnopp's second book of the BEAUFORT CHRONICLES, Margaret's son is not yet king. Instead we follow the widowed Margaret through two more marriages -- first to Harry Stafford and then to Thomas Stanley-- both men of power and influence, though on competing sides. Margaret and her husbands are all trying to travel the thorny road of shifting allegiances that is at the core of the War of the Roses.

As the throne shifts from King Henry VI to Edward IV, then back and forth again, nobles on both sides must continually prove their allegiance to the man who happens to be in power at the moment. And this is probably what this book is best at describing-- just how treacherous it was to live in England during these years. One day your support of the monarch makes you a valued hero, the next day you warrant a traitor's death. This is particularly true for a powerless woman and heiress like Margaret. As a devoted Lancastrian, she must cosy up to the Yorks -- first Edward IV's and his wife, Elizabeth Woodville. And then to Richard III. She has to show concern for their children -- even though those same children stand between Margaret's own son and the throne.

After Edward IV's death, Margaret must publicly appear to abandon Elizabeth Woodville and ally herself with Richard III's queen, Anne. As Margaret secretly plots in support of her son, she is forced to live a true double life, trying to maintain public loyalty to the reigning monarch while ambitiously manipulating behind the scenes.

It's sort of fun to watch how Margaret manages to survive long enough to see her son victorious, which is where this book ends. The next book in the sequence, THE KING'S MOTHER, is yet to be published. You can bet I'll be reading it as soon as I can.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Not to mention the terrible back and forth of the battles and loyalties between ... 24 December 2016
By Kathleen M - Published on
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This is a continuation of the story about Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VIi of England, which began with The Beaufort Bride. Margaret is more mature in this story, as she finds a brief period of piece in her life during her marriage to Harry Stanford. Set in the tumultuous time of the ascendancy of Edward VI Plantagenet, the reader is drawn in by Margaret's first person account of the events, her loving marriage to Harry Stanford which ended In his premature death,, her eventual friendship with Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of England, despite herself, Not to mention the terrible back and forth of the battles and loyalties between the House of York and the House of Lancaster, which ultimately, almost miraculously propelled Margaret's son, Henry Tudor, to take up the crown of England. Margaret's voice is both Saint and sinner, committing treason, because she feels it will further the ambitions of her son Henry, but at the same time in confusion and pain about the fate of the little princes in the Tower, and later pain for Richard III's queen's premature death. Margaret Beaufort, or Margaret the King's Mother, as she styled herself, was a complicated and feisty woman. Once again Judith Arnopp has delivered, with a great read. Five stars!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good educational reading. 4 February 2017
By Doreen MacKenzie - Sydney - Published on
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Such a lot of research has gone into this book and Judith Arnopp really knows her stuff. So many characters woven into the tapestry of Margaret Beaufort's life. She had three husbands, but was unable to have any more children after the horrific birth of her only son (Henry V11) whilst still a child. Her dedication to Henry's safety, well-being and future prospects knew no bounds. She was utterly obsessed with her son. In those days the death of children was common and yet her only child escaped unscathed. Even though I have read a lot of English history, there were a number of things I didn't know. I had no idea she remained fond of her first husband Edmond Tudor, nor that she was estranged from her mother, that her second husband Harry, Lord Stafford was the love of her life or that she, Margaret arranged the marriage of her son to Elizabeth of York. That was the biggest surprise because I always believed Henry V11 devised that for himself as a way to amalgamate England into one again and finish the War of the Roses. Though very small in stature, Margaret was a feisty lady and if all in this book is true and not supposition, she was wonderfully active in the confines of her life as a woman.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Beaufort Woman 13 December 2016
By Miss Lyn - Published on
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I really love this series. I have been interested in the life of Margaret Beaufort and didn't know much about her. These novels bring her to life for me. I can't wait for the next book!

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