At one point in listening to this book I could not believe how sappy it is! Philippa Gregory transitiions from accepted historical facts to spinning a tall tale are easily determined. A life at court was not for the faint hearted and I wondered why anyone who fell from power would want to return to the backstabbing royal world. I have always loved English history and in spite of the drippy visions of a teenage girl I believe I will finish the series. One thing it does make clear is the order of Lancaster, York and Tutor. Susan Lyons did a great job.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down.... I work out when I listen to my audio books, I did not find my mind wandering at all..
Elizabeth, she was a strong character... Even though I wondered about her vision for her future..
When she met her husband..
I would not...
Several years ago I read The Other Boleyn Girl and couldn't put it down. Now I can't help but wonder-- was The White Queen really written by the same author, or was I just out of my mind when I devoured The Other Boleyn Girl? THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE. More often than not, it feels like the main character is far from the action and, as a result, it's difficult to give a darn about a single character. I will never read Philippa Gregory again.
This is exceedingly lightweight.
The historical research cannot of consisted of much more than a quick glance at Wikipedia. One can certainly learn more by spending 10 minutes reading Wikipedia.
It rambles on in the present tense with Elizabeth Woodville's rather 20th century outlook (apart from a belief she can see into the future and cast spells), occasionally reminding us we are supposed to be in the 15th century by a reference to an event or the rushes on the floor.
The last third may be better - This is one of the handful of books I gave-up before the end.
Don't waste your money or credits.
Yes, because Philippa Gregory joined historical facts with fictional facts in a masterly way. Without deviating from the events known as "The Cousins'War" or "War of the Roses," Philippa Gregory wrote a wonderful novel without being romantic in the extreme. The author makes it clear at many times the role of women at the time, but at the same time, shows the power and the role they had too. I loved it
I would compare this book with "Dear and Glorious Physician: A Novel about Saint Luke" by Taylor Dadwell, by the way the authors present the story of the central characters, using facts already known by history.
Without a doubt, Elizabeth Woodville.
This questions is difficult... Elizabeth Woodville and Edward are characters that I would love to invite to dinner ... but who really arouses my attention is the king's brother - Richard - who seem little interested in politics, but I can choose only one, so I would like to invite the king's brother - Richard, because In the later chapters, Philippa presentes himt as a great manipulator, but was his actions premeditated? What was his real intentions?
I don't know why I wait so long to buy the books of Philippa Gregory. When I start listening, I condn't stop... I'm a passionate about history and listening to this book was a wonderful experience. Although I knew only the relevant events concerning the cousins' war (motivation and consequences), listen to this book sparked questions about the role of women in these events. And as Philippa Gregory mentions at the end of the book, I also can not imagine Elizabeth Woodville agreeing to send her other child to the custody of someone who she never trusted.
Questions and speculation aside, the book is a work of art, it presents a woman who knew how to represent her role in history, even after her husband's death, a woman who knew how to manipulate the policy and did what could to ensure herr power.
Couldn't get into this book. Very boring and her writing and character analysis was not up to par with the rest of her books.
I really enjoyed this book! I came to this book through my bookclub and was hesitant at first because this is not a genre I usually am inclined towards. I thought it was going to be a bit of a girly sob story.
I am very glad I was wrong! this book takes place during the War of the Roses time period in history and is more fact than fiction.
I studied this time period fairly in depth when in high school and it was refreshing to read such an elegant and exciting blend of history and fiction.
the author did not disappoint!
the audio version is clear and crisp and was a joy to listen to.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction who wants a phenomenal read!
Well told story by both the Author and the narrator, I love reading about Queen Elizabeth and how she handled her family. I especially like the authors take on the Princes in the tower as their are many theories and no known truths yet but this story is a plausible and happier tale.