The newest novel from #1 New York Times best-selling author and "queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England.
The White Princess opens as the news of the battle of Bosworth is brought to Princess Elizabeth of York, who will learn not only which rival royal house has triumphed, Tudor or York, but also which suitor she must marry: Richard III her lover, or Henry Tudor her enemy.
A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle, and create a new royal family with him and his ambitious mother: Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen. But, while the new monarchy can win, it cannot, it seems, hold power in an England which remembers the House of York with love.
The new king’s greatest fear is that somewhere, outside England, a prince from the House of York is waiting to invade and re-claim the throne for the house of York. Fearing that none of his new allies can be trusted, Henry turns to his wife to advise him, all the time knowing that her loyalties must be divided. When the young man who would be king finally leads his army and invades England, it is for Elizabeth to decide whether she recognizes him as her brother and a claimant to the throne, or denies him in favor of the husband she is coming to love....
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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.
[This is a review I wrote previously but didn't get around to posting until now.] 4.5 stars; I loved this book. Can't wait until the next one in the series comes out next week! I disagree with other reviewers who complained that this book was not realistic. Philippa Gregory herself says this is a work of fiction describing a period in history about which little is known. She takes the few facts that are recorded and weaves a wonderful tale that is not only plausible, but quite believable in the absence of any other information to the contrary. In addition to the suspense that make this book a page-turner, I really enjoyed the way it pulls together the personalities that were described in such detail in the earlier books in this series. Another great story from Philippa Gregory and another great narration by Bianca Amato.
I loved all of the Philippa Gregory books and this is no exception. She has a wonderful way of teaching history through her fiction and I was sorry to get back to where I began in the series. Although I started later and went back to the books that came before I loved everyone. Highly recommend this series to lovers of historical fiction and strong women!
"Eye wateringly terrible"
If you don't know history and you hate the Tudors this book is right up your alley. If you have a fanatical love of Richard III and you hate storytelling/compelling characters, this is your story.
Maybe be a little less obviously a Bride of Gloucester, It was written very quickly, the protagonist is boring and has no soul. All she says is "I don't know" .
The reader was ok, but i feel even she was bored by the story, she brought the male voices to life though.
The rape scene is unfounded, not in history. Apparently Elizabeth and her husband got on well. so I'd cut most of the third book.
"The red queen and her son cast as vilians - again."
While Philippa Gregory's novels are generally well written with at least a founding in history - this novel makes me very angry. Historians, generally agree, that while Elizabeth and Henry's marriage was political, genuine affection soon developed between them. The idea that Henry would rape Elizabeth is absurd! This novel makes Henry out to be a weak man, ruled completely by his mother - Which is a poor portrayal of a man that rarely saw his mother and fought his entire youth for his crown. Was Henry a calculating man? Yes. Did he take much advice from his mother? Yes. But he was not a weakling!
Excellent as always. Can't wait to start the next one. ***** quality. A serious must read!
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A great read for fans of Philippa Gregory
I have purchased a lot of Philippa Gregory's work, in one format or another, so I eagerly awaited the release of this one, having enjoyed the others.
The White Princess is an excellent read, but really has to be considered as fiction rather than history. These characters existed in history, but so much has been assumed or guessed at in this book that I wouldn't necessarilly believe any of it!
"Great telling of one of the possibilities"
Henry's character was interesting - in this version of what might have happened he grows into kingship and then seems to lose it again.
I wish she'd not pronounce "off" as "orf" - it really grated on me, but her characterisation was good.
"I don't know" - it's all Elizabeth seems to say :)
"Terrific Tudor Tale"
The White Princess is my first Phillipa Gregory listen, although I have read and watched The Other Boleyn Girl. Having watched the dramatisation of the White Queen on TV recently, I was keen to know what happens next. This captivating take on real history certainly rates as one of my books of the year.
I really enjoyed the combination of historical facts and the characters had great depth.
Bianca Amato's narration is very good and suits the story well.
The character of Henry Tudor is fascinating. I wanted desperately to find some redeeming features, but his paranoia and cruelty made him look anything but kingly.
If you like historical fiction, you will love this.
"A nice follow up after the BBC series."
Entertaining story and a nice, believable, version of the events.
I think the White Queen.
She does a great voice switch between the characters without being a caricature.
It made me laugh a few times due to the excellent performance.
This was my first audio book and now I am hooked.
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