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A fascinating and gripping novel about Margaret of Anjou, wife of Henry IV.
I must admit, I knew next to nothing about this woman, but from what I understand, she hasn't had a very good reputation through the centuries of history. Of course, as is with history, one version or one opinion of someone from somebody often becomes fact and that is how a historical figure is perceived, so I am not so quick to judge Margaret.
The Queen of Last Hopes shows a Margaret who is steadfast, loyal and driven, but is also loving and kind. She fights for her husband and her son's birthright and nothing will stop her. She shows great courage in times of peril and leadership in times of victory.
In The Queen of Last Hopes, we see often from the point of view of Margaret, but we also sometimes see things from other folks' perspective, such as William de la Pole, Earl of Suffolk, Henry Beaufort, Duke of Somerset, and from Margaret's own son Edward, Prince of Wales. This did not hinder the flow of the story at all, if anything, it enhanced it.
This is a brilliant piece of historical fiction and is highly recommended.