I write this in the understanding that this book, for the most part, is based on actual historical events. Mostly, it was a depressing read. On the whole it was frustrating, watching as the titular White Princess shuffle about her world demurely, while at the same time claiming a fierce independence or what have you, that nobody ever sees. I don't even know that her story is worthy of a whole book. She was, as she her self says in the story, to be remembered as-- first, the daughter of a king, and then the mother of a king, and then the wife of a king. She was a brilliantly beautiful mother, and she loved her children, this is plain, both historically, and here. It could be argued that Elizabeth never tried to exercise the power that was hers by right of being Queen, indeed a much needed queen, to simply keep peace, in a lifetime fraught by uncertainty and war. She might have had other sisters lined up to take her place, but if she had for a moment publicly showed any displeasure, she might have been able to get the power that many apparently wanted to afford a royal member of the House of York. But, hey. History was history, and this was bloody boring. Might as well have just made it The Red Queen II: Rise of Tudor.
To sum up the book, Elizabeth falls kinda in love with her rapist and always say I don't know! And they are running around from the pretender King her brother. I really wanted to love this book but it was so boring! Every chapter was the same, I was able to skip 25 chapters and still understand the plot.
I enjoy this series but I feel like part of the story kept being repeated in dragged on. Unabridged version of this book would be suitable to cover the material. The performance by the reader was good.
I adore Philipa Gregory's books, but this one was truly painful to get through--really because the phrases "the boy" and "I don't know" were used every other sentence--no joke! I almost didn't finish the book because it was so hard to listen to.
the narrator reads the story in a way that depicts a perfect picture of that time period of england.
When princess elizabeth was sailing down the river on her way to her coronation. Searching through the large crowds of people cheering for her, she spots her mother becuase of the flag she was waving. A white rose that looked almost like the one of the house of york, except for the tudor green background and barely visible red in the center of the rose for the house of lancaster. Forgetting her status for a moment she and her mother waved at one another enthusiastically. Her mother the former queen ran along side her daughters sailing boat holding the flag and cheering for her, daughter who was following the same royal path she did
Loved her voice, and am continuing to listen to the rest of the series.
When elizabeth realizes what she had done to Queen Anne. Openly showing affection to King Richard, she didn't understand how it must of felt for Anne until having to witness that very thing done to her by another young and beautiful woman taking the attention of her husband, Henry Tutor
This book is great, I love this author she has the ability to tell a story from multiple perspectives depending on what book your listening to and really make you feel as though you are in the story. I have listened to 5 of her books and I love them all equally. If you are thinking about getting into this series it is well worth it!!!!
I think a person who enjoys incessant self-loathing and paranoid delusions would make an anthem of this entry.
I am thinking about trying the Tudor series, but I have the feeling Ms. Gregory's series all end with a hastily-produced, lack luster approach to a ambitious & beautifully-crafted initial design. I adored the white queen, but Charlane Harris's southern vampire mysteries taught me that some authors just don't know when to stop and I have learned to say no to subpar later entries in to series I liked.
The narrator was the most acceptable part of this weak story.
I have missed several chapters and found myself actually reading other books & articles. I slept through so many chapters (at least 1/3) but I did not miss anything, apparently. It's like turning on a soap opera 5 yrs later & finding nothing changed!
There's to so little historical content to weave into this speculative narrative that the opportunities for truely creative expansion, deftly dispensed in the first 3 novels, are nil. It seems like a money grab.
I love to read . I listen to audio books while in the car, at work and at the gym so that I am always reading.
I love Philipa Gregory's book series on The Cousins War. She has a fantastic way of telling historical fiction. I love European history and can't read enough about the Tudors, the Yorkshire. And so on. This book was really good. Well written. I would recommend reading the whole series.
Does a great job. Easy to listen to.
The Saintly Wife
Wait. She was madly in love with.. her uncle Richard. Eww. The novel leaves out the fact that Richard was her uncle. And I swear if I heard the phrase 'the boy' one more time I'd go mad.
Nothing happens in the story. Its the same supposed tension of waiting for the thrown to be overthrown and then.. nothing happens. Chapter after chapter after chapter. It was torture.
The narrator was very good. Loved her voices and inflection. The only saving grace of the book.
There are so many interesting real characters and drama in Tudor history I don't understand the need to make up this boring scenario. I'd cut everything to do with the boy. Urgh.
Try something from Alison Weir or Margaret George. Your brain will thank you.