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The White Queen: A Novel

A book by Philippa Gregory

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Worth The Wait

  • Aug 20, 2009
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I have anticipated the release of this book for quite awhile. Yesterday it finally arrived on my doorstep & I read late into the night. Had I not needed to get up to go to work I would have read a lot longer I'm sure ! Thus far I have to say that the "hype" over this book is worth it - this is one good read. Best of all this is the first book of a new series called the "Cousin's War" which chronicles events of the War of The Roses -especially (in this book) about Elizabeth Woodville, King Edward IV oft defamed wife & mother of the "Princes In The Tower". Elizabeth was a descendant of The Frnch water goddess Melusine & rumors of witchcraft were always rife at Court on that account. This element would spice to any book!

I've always thoroughly enjoyed Phillipa Gregory's fabulous historical novels. Ms. Gregory's last series about the Tudors included such titles as "The Constant Princess", "The Other Boleyn Girl" (remember the great movie from this book?!), "The Boleyn Inheritance" &"The Other Queen" - plus there were two other books that completed this series. Ms. Gregory claims that a chance "taster" history class at the University of Sussex started her on the road to penning her lush, well researched books. The only thing that my history classes in college did were to strengthen my passion for both history (history minor) & reading about history - both fiction and non-fiction. I love to read books in a series because they allow you to really develop a good feel for the subjects & the time period. One of the things I enjoy doing when I am reading historical fiction is to research the true facts - people, places, dates - you get the idea. I like to see how far a writer goes to weave a tale around the truth. Ms Gregory generally writes fiction with a strong non-fiction base to which she adds just a pinch of plausible fiction to round out the story. Highly recommended! Get this book!

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review by . June 03, 2010
I am obsessed w/ this period in history, so I'm probably a little biasd, but I really enjoyed this book. I hadn't really heard or read much about Elizabeth Woodville, but her story was fascinating. During a time when England was at war, Elizabeth, who was a commoner, managed to make the new king fall in love with her, and they got married. She and her husband then spent the rest of their reign fighting off those who would put them off the throne, until her husbands death.       …
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
Well written, interesting history
Quick Tip by . June 10, 2010
Good Book, Great Story, Interesting, catchy, gets you involved every chapter
review by . December 27, 2009
I've always liked Elizabeth Woodville, warts and all. I never expect her to be portrayed perfectly, mostly because a good deal of what she did herself was so imperfect. So it was with trepidation that I approached Philippa Gregory's take on this most enigmatic woman, The White Queen. Would she be portrayed as a she-wolf, a witch, a misunderstood wife/mother, or something altogether new? The answer is yes to all of these...and a good amount of no as well.    Following EW from …
review by . September 09, 2009
The White Queen
      Philippa Gregory has brought a depth of perspective to some of the iconic female figures of English history, with impeccable research and an eye for the particular challenges of women in a male-dominated society. In The White Queen, Gregory recreates the life of Bess Woodville, the commoner who wins the affection of Edward IV as The Cousin's War (later The War of the Roses) roils the country in endless battles of succession for England's throne: "The sons of York will …
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In this account of the wars of the Plantagenets, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, Elizabeth Woodville, catches the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown.
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ISBN-10: 1416563687
ISBN-13: 978-1416563686
Author: Philippa Gregory
Genre: Literature & Fiction, Romance
Publisher: Touchstone
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