I love Philippa Gregory and have read most of her books, but I have had so much trouble finishing this one. I've been reading it since May and I am only have way thru. I have read 10 books since I bought this one. And I don't think I will finish it. It's just boring, it drags, it's a waste of time. A real shame!!!
If you loved The White Queen as much as I did, you'll very much enjoy this sequel. Both The Red Queen and The Kingmaker's Daughter provided insight and fullness to the story presented in The White Queen by presenting that same story from different perspectives. However, this novel was the first true sequel to that story, transitioning from the Cousins' War to the beginnings of the Tudors. A great read but a very sad one as well.
fantastic story performed brilliantly by Bianca Amato. I loved the history and the narration. great book.
Phillips Gregory's The White Princess is great fun. Enjoy this spicy and entertaining story of the York side in the War of the Roses and Elizebeths Woodvilles POV and part in this super drama. This was well read and was very happy with this selection.
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.