The Red Queen by Philippa Gregory

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Heiress to the red rose of Lancaster, Margaret Beaufort never surrenders her belief that her House is the true ruler of England and that she has a great destiny before her. Her ambitions are disappointed when her sainted cousin, Henry VI of England, fails to recognize her as a kindred spirit, and even more when he sinks into madness. Worst of all for Margaret is when she discovers that her mother is sending her to a loveless marriage in remote Wales.

Married to a man twice her age, and a mother at only fourteen, Margaret is determined to turn her lonely life into a triumph. She sets her heart on putting her son Henry on the throne of England regardless of the cost. Disregarding rival heirs and the overwhelming power of the York dynasty, she send Henry into exile and pledges him in marriage to the daughter of her enemy Elizabeth Woodville. She feigns loyalty to the usurper King Richard III, marries one of his faithful supporters and then masterminds one of his faithful supporters and then masterminds one of the greatest rebellions of the time - all the while knowing that her son is growing to manhood, recruiting an army, his eyes on the greatest prize.

In a novel of conspiracy, passion and cold-hearted ambition, Number One bestselling author Philippa Gregory has brought to life the story of a proud and determined woman who believes that she alone is destined, by her piety and lineage, to shape the course of history.