The White Queen, Paperback Book

The White Queen Paperback

Part of the Cousins' War series

3 out of 5 (4 ratings)

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Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the tumult and intrigue of The Wars of the Roses to vivid life through the women of the House of Lancaster and the House of York, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.

A woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family -- her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower.

An active player in the power struggles that surrounded her, she made hard and courageous choices, always trying to protect those whom she loved.

Informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills, Philippa Gregory gives an unforgettable voice to an extraordinary woman at the heart of a devastating conflict.

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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 464 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9781847394644

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The story starts after Edward has already gotten his crown and Elizabeth has become a widow. She waits for the king to pass her on the road and petition for her lands. And Edward, who just can’t leave a pretty woman alone, takes fancy on her. After Elizabeth refuses to become his mistress by theatening him with a knife, they marries in secret. You could say the marriage isn’t taken with happy faces...I have to say that I’ve heard more about Melusina thatn I’ve ever wanted to read in my life. And I don’t like how the author repeats certain things over and over and over again through the book. The readers aren’t stupid, you know? Didn’t care for the witchcraft thing either. I like history and fantasy, as long as you don’t mix them.I liked how she portrayed Richard, Duke of Gloucester but didn’t care for what was going on with him and Elizabeth of York. But what did annoy me was the whole Anthony-hero-worshipping. I get that Elizabeth idolized her big brother but I was wondering if Gregory is gonna change history and gonna name him as a saint. Because there really wasn’t a thing he can’t do wrong. Haven’t read anyone else having this problem so maybe it’s just me...For a person who brags what a great historian she is, you would think that she gots the places right. At one point Elizabeth goes to a palace that’s started by her grandson, Henry VIII. Time travel maybe?I enjoyed this more than I thought I would and it was better than The Other Queen

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4

I enjoyed this book from Philippa Gregory. I like her writing style and how she always engages the reader in the tale.

Review by
3

The story starts after Edward has already gotten his crown and Elizabeth has become a widow. She waits for the king to pass her on the road and petition for her lands. And Edward, who just can’t leave a pretty woman alone, takes fancy on her. After Elizabeth refuses to become his mistress by theatening him with a knife, they marries in secret. You could say the marriage isn’t taken with happy faces...<br/><br/>I have to say that I’ve heard more about Melusina thatn I’ve ever wanted to read in my life. And I don’t like how the author repeats certain things over and over and over again through the book. The readers aren’t stupid, you know? Didn’t care for the witchcraft thing either. I like history and fantasy, as long as you don’t mix them. <br/><br/>I liked how she portrayed Richard, Duke of Gloucester but didn’t care for what was going on with him and Elizabeth of York. But what did annoy me was the whole Anthony-hero-worshipping. I get that Elizabeth idolized her big brother but I was wondering if Gregory is gonna change history and gonna name him as a saint. Because there really wasn’t a thing he can’t do wrong. Haven’t read anyone else having this problem so maybe it’s just me...<br/><br/>For a person who brags what a great historian she is, you would think that she gots the places right. At one point Elizabeth goes to a palace that’s started by her grandson, Henry VIII. Time travel maybe?<br/><br/>I enjoyed this more than I thought I would and it was better than The Other Queen.

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2

I think I might be getting a bit tired of Philippa Gregory’s Tudor and Plantagenet series. This one about Elizabeth Woodville, who marries Yorkist King Edward IV is a move away from her Tudor period. It’s an interesting period, but I am guessing has fewer original sources upon which to fashion a story. Gregory is obviously filling in a lot of gaps in order to make the narrative work, but unlike most of her other novels it just didn’t seem to work on this occasion. There were points in this book when I just felt bored, disconnected from the characters and their stories; I wanted to know a bit more about Edward and how and why he thought like he did; why did her choose Elizabeth? Perhaps that was unrealistic given that Gregory is a feminist novelist, and makes no secret of putting women centre stage. But for me, this made for a less rounded book.I think I will give the other two books in this latest series a miss – The Red Queen (sequel to this book), has got a fair few poor reviews, so I don’t think I will bother.© Kopolwitz 2013

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