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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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.
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.
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