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About the Author: Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acclaimed author.

Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks. Visitors to her site, become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklings.

Her other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago; Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country. Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells.

A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website.

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Paperback, Published in Sep 2012 by Simon & Schuster

ISBN10: 1849833346 | ISBN13: 9781849833349

Page count: 334

In this unique presentation, Gregory and her collaborators offer extensive biographical essays on the lives of three key figures from her Wars of the Roses novels: Jacquetta, Duchess of Bedford; Elizabeth Woodville; and Margaret Beaufort.

In her essay about Jacquetta, Gregory breaks new ground, creating the first summation on the duchess’s life ever written and based on primary sources. David Baldwin, author of four books about the people and events of the Wars of the Roses, tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, and Michael Jones, fellow of the Royal Historical Society, writes Margaret Beaufort’s story.

The Women of the Cousins’ War also includes an insightful introduction by Gregory, which answers many of the questions posed by her fans and history scholars: What is the difference between writing history and writing historical fiction? How much of a role does speculation play in writing each? How much fiction and how much fact should there be in a historical novel?

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