This was the last book of the Cousin's War series and I'm so glad to be done. The constant rise and fall of power was getting overwhelming I don't know how people lived through those times, well some lived. Just when you think Elizabeth's power would start her mother in law Mary Tudor would wrongfully over shadow her. Mary, one of the most vile characters in this series, uses her son to take over the English throne when they had little right to it. That along with Henry being a mama's boy was a bit too much to handle. As a result of his insecurity he ruins what could have been a loving marriage between him & Elizabeth just as she comes to love him. It's heartbreaking to see how Elizabeth goes from a beautiful girl heading for greatness only to become a queen by name alone. To see how Henry & Mary kill the fire out of her is truly sad.
However, as usual Philippa's writing & Bianca's narration is great and anyone who loves English history/fiction would likely enjoy.
Love historical fiction, George R. Martin and anything worth reading.
I enjoyed hearing more about the White Queen (Queen Elizabeth). She is perpetually a fascinating character who is not afraid to take risks and her life has always been intriguing to me. I also looked forward to Elizabeth of York's viewpoint in appreciation of the fact that she married Henry VII, who was in many ways an enemy of her family. It was also fascinating at times to hear her recount moments and memories of her father, King Edward IV, who seems to have been an admirable king.
Honestly, I was glad it was over.
Of course I liked the White Queen (Queen Elizabeth) and also found the character Maggie to be quite likeable. Bianca Amato was the saving grace of the audiobook. I believe I would not have finished the book if it was in print version. Amato has become one of my favorite narrators now.
I usually really enjoy Philippa Gregory's books, and really wanted to like this one. The problems started from the beginning, when Elizabeth of York was supposedly very much in love with Richard III, which is hard to fathom considering that Richard was possibly involved with the murder of at least one of her brothers and possibly both. Also, I really disliked how her and Henry's relationship began with rape. She then goes on to love him, and then back to hating him as the story progresses. I understand the freedom that any writer has with writing a novel, but it seems that Henry raping her adds little to the story, other than to vilify Henry VII and making Elizabeth of York appear weak and very much the opposite of her mother.
Gregory was also gratingly repetitive of certain phrases throughout the book. Repeatedly hearing "the boy" or Elizabeth saying "I do not know" was especially grating and were really useless filler after the first ten uses. The reader is well aware that "the boy" is seen as a threat to Henry and that Elizabeth does "not know" anything. No need to constantly remind us! Even more irritating was Elizabeth's conversations with Margaret, Henry, her mother and Maggie were composed of the others saying something and Elizabeth repeating it back to them word for word. It was as if Elizabeth was constantly confused, undecided and was blindly stumbling through her life. Once again, in stark contrast to her mother, the White Queen.
Superb Narration & Plot.
Elizabeth, the White Princess.
Katherine Tudor, such a hateful woman. She nailed her vindictive, petty, narcissism.
Loved all of it. Very moved at the end.
Phillipa Gregory would have had to choose a historical figure with an actual story! The king is so pathetic that he made me want to scream.
She continually went over the only premise of the book: that the king was haunted by a possible usurper. Okay, okay, we could have gotten that in part 1 of the book. 3 parts way over extended the point.
The narrator is excellent. The book is not.
Uhhh...The first 1/3 was okay. It should have ended there. And, let it be noted, that I usually love listening to long books because the characters grow on me and I like spending time with them. But it was just boring going over the king's angst time and time again.
Don't bother with this one.
I am not sure that i would. The series as a whole is good, but this particular book was kind of like... what was the point? and perhaps that was the point. Not alot happened, except that a new reign began, and it was a struggle to keep it... this reign though lead us into the tudor dynasty, so perhaps it was a necessary story.
yes, there were some things that Elizabeth said that just made her sound stupid and pathetic. as well as this Phillipa Gregory added lines like 'i need not ask who the boy is that they are talking about' ... the whole book was based around the boy!! we know who you are referring too. Such a line would have been okay maybe once, but it came up several times as did the line "i dont know...!'
I don't think i had a favourite part, i was waiting for it. Perhaps when Henry and Elizabeth reached a mutual love?
If the movie was on the cousins war series yes
I could only just bear Biancas voice when she was speaking the words of henry, to abrupt and hoarse.
I have not seen the print version, but I love the audio. I am listening for the second time right now. Bianca Amato is a wonderful narrator for the type of book. She makes you feel you are there right in the room with the characters.
Well-written and researched. I especially liked the short author's note at the end. I think it adds quite a bit to have an introduction or end note by the author because it validates the story and authenticity. Plus it makes the experience of reading/listening much more personal.
The scene where Elizabeth and Richard are talking together after the birth of their first son, Arthur, and admiring him as a beautiful baby. So sweet. Their relationship was so tumultous, that this moment of sweetness and humanity was very special. All parents can relate to this moment.
To me, it was the Queen's nephew, the Earl of Warwick, who was shut in the Tower of London at the age of 14 (?). So sad. And his sister fought for him with such strength of character, and even the Queen could not change Richard's mind, and release the boy and not consider him a threat to Richard's throne. And when the boy was taken to be executed, the words about the fact that he had not been outdoors, or felt rain on his face for many years, was so poignant.
Another great book by Philipa Gregory! I love them all. Great series -- the Cousins' War. I've read each and every book she has written, several times. I hope the author will continue, or perhaps start another series, as this one comes to an end and a new regime comes into play. For me, I enjoy the history, details of dress, houses, living conditions, lifestyle and environments, plus the political intrigue. The violence is mitigated, though it's there as it should be for accuracy. I like the way the author builds relationships among the characters. I would like to hear more about young Prince Arthur growing up years, and his marriage of Katherine of Aragon, his death; and then the early years of the union of Katherine and Henry VIII.
This is my second favourite among the Cousins War series, after The White Queen.
I really like Princess, then Queen Elizabeth, but her story as told by Philippa Gregory is so full of tragedy. There seems to have been only a few years that she was truly happy. I highly recommend this for listeners of the previous books.
Philippa Gregory's books are very well-written, and she always makes me want to read more about the subjects. Read these, but start at the beginning with The White Queen.
I have not been disappointed once by this fabulous series, and The White :Princess just tied the whole thing together. I am definitely going back to listen to the rest of the series now that I know the end.
Bianca Amato was a perfect fit to narrate this book. She adds emphasis to the already great written material.