This was my least enjoyed portion of the Thwarted Queen story Moving to a third person point of view, the story is toldof Richard and his fight for the throne than of Cecylee The pious and insane Henry VI accepts his son despite the fact that he has never had sex with his wife, the ambitious Marguerite Richard is arrogant and doesn t inspire much sympathy, and the reader doesn t spend as much time with Cecylee, who the story is supposed to be about.My full review of Thwarted Queen is av This was my least enjoyed portion of the Thwarted Queen story Moving to a third person point of view, the story is toldof Richard and his fight for the throne than of Cecylee The pious and insane Henry VI accepts his son despite the fact that he has never had sex with his wife, the ambitious Marguerite Richard is arrogant and doesn t inspire much sympathy, and the reader doesn t spend as much time with Cecylee, who the story is supposed to be about.My full review of Thwarted Queen is available here In this third segment the story escalates as it has a lot of political content It givesof an insight to Richard and his role in the governing of England It stills touches delicately on Cecylee s mind and emotions as well her role as wife and mother Many major characters are explored a littlein depth here that gives a base for the last book in the series which is next and I can t wait to read it 4.5 stars as thus far this is my favorite. This segment has been the hardest to read so far Ugh It is interesting, however, that the view of Queen Margaret of Anjou is so scathing I recently read a book about her that shed a very positive light on her In this book, she s a conniving harpy I wonder which view is really accurate. THE GILDED CAGE is the third in a series of four books about Cecylee Neville , mother of Richard III and Edward IV, Queen by Right and Abbess The tale of Richard of York s political career, and its tragic impact upon his wife Cecylee, will intrigue readers who enjoy political novelsIt is , and Cecylee is turning thirty She and Richard are waiting for the new Queen of England to arrive from Paris Everyone remarks on how close the Yorks are Theirs seems a successful marriage, for Cecylee is constantly at her husband s side, providing him with political counsel as well as comfortBut matters are not as happy as they seem Richard is devastated by her affair, but doesn t lock her up Instead, he keeps her firmly by his side and takes revenge by marrying their eldest daughter Nan off when she is only seven This decision, done only for political gain, costs Cecylee her happinessSet during the end of the Hundred Years War and the beginning of the Wars of the Roses we see Richard inherit the political mantle of his mentor Humphrey, Duke of Gloucester, and become the people s champion The rambunctious Londoners are unhappy that their country has become mired in misrule due to the ineptitude of a King prone to fits of madness Nor are they better pleased by the attempts of the King s French wife to maneuver herself into power, especially as she was responsible for England s losses in France But can Richard and Cecylee prevail Everywhere, their enemies lurk in the shadows This book is filled with many voices, not least those of the Londoners, who forged their political destiny by engaging in public debate with the powerful aristocrats of the time By their courageous acts, these fifteenth century Londoners set the stage for American Democracy