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....
©2013 Philippa Gregory (P)2013 Simon & Schuster
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There's to so little historical content to weave into this speculative narrative that the opportunities for truely creative expansion, deftly dispensed in the first 3 novels, are nil.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!
I would and I have and they have enjoyed this book too. Is worth a re-listen actually.
The White Princess puts a nice ending to the White Queen series. Very interesting information. Long, but very fun.
I would have liked to listen to it in one sitting, but it was way too long.
If you have listened to the series and you enjoyed it you will like this book. Do not be scared off by the horrible reviews. Yes "THE BOY" thing is annoying and Henry is portrayed as a selfish crackpot but that is at the end.
I would compare this to "The Kingmakers Daughter" she is kind of an ambitious "victim" too.
I really enjoy the continuity in the series of her reading. Well done, she make these interesting.
Elizabeth Woodville the Queen Mother.
This book will get you looking up the history of the family!
If the princess knew something
I have read and listened to her other titles, this has to be here worst.
I didn't like this story, the princess was so useless, couldn't do much, didn't know much, was so frustrating, and yet she was so emotional, over analyzing and judgmental.
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