The Women of The Cousins’ War

Simon & Schuster UK (2011)

The Women of the Cousins’ War is described as ,

“The extraordinary true stories of three women who until now have been largely forgotten by history”.

It focuses on Jacquetta of Luxembourg, Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort.

In the last couple of years people have become more aware of Elizabeth Woodville and Margaret Beaufort thanks to Philippa Gregory’s book The White Queen ,  the BBC series adaptation with the same title and her BBC documentary called The Real White Queen and Her Rivals.

After coming across these works I decided to learn more about these women. That’s when I came across The Real White and Her Rivals.

In the introduction of the book Philippa Gregory clearly outlines why women have been excluded from history and why it’s important to tell the stories of the women from such a turbulent time.

The following chapters on Jacquetta of Luxembourg ( Philippa Gregory), Elizabeth Woodville (David Baldwin) and Margaret Beaufort (Michael Jones) are very informative.  I managed to learn a lot more about these women. In particular how they were able to overcome some of the most challenging of circumstances. I found these chapters extremely interesting and I was immediately captivated by the journey of these women. In particular Margaret Beaufort, she had to overcome so much loss in her life at such a young age. I can’t help but admire her patience and her political mind.

I’m definitely inspired by these women and I will be trying to find out more about them.

I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn more about The Cousins’ War (also known as The War of the Roses) or anyone interested in strong women throughout history. The chapters are well written and the information is easy to understand.


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