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The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5 | [Philippa Gregory]

The White Princess: Cousins' War, Book 5

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. 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.
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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

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    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 04-19-14
    Diane Garson, ON, Canada 04-19-14 Member Since 2013

    I've loved reading and writing for as far back as I can remember. I live in Ontario, Canada with my dear dog Joram (Maltese).

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    "Heart-breaking"

    I love the writing of Philippa Gregory, her work always puts me through a gamut of emotions. The thing that really stuck out for me with this book was cruelty. Elizabeth of York was treated so cruelly by the King and his mother, yet she maintained her dignity and always acted as a queen should.

    There were many heart-breaking moments throughout the book, there were a few times where I needed to stop listening for a while as the injustices were overwhelming me. Yet I was anxious to return to the book, such a spell had been weaved. I have to think what would truly be going on inside the mind and hearts of those who actually lived these lives. What would they make of how we live today?

    I consider this one of the greatest books that I've ever read. It certainly ranks above some of the others in this series although I did love each book.
    Bianca Amato did an amazing job as narrator! Indeed I may be tempted to check out what else she has narrated.

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    Nica Lorber 04-18-14
    Nica Lorber 04-18-14 Member Since 2013

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    "Starts strong, then becomes repetitive"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    This is the 4th book I've read in this series. I thought it started great and was very interesting but then became repetitive about half way through. It felt like it just kept repeating the same plot point over and over again.


    If you’ve listened to books by Philippa Gregory before, how does this one compare?

    I liked her other books a bit more, both the White Queen and the Red Queen.


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    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 03-11-14
    P.J. LANSING, KS, United States 03-11-14 Member Since 2014

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    "You Don't Want It To End"

    I love history, reading about kings and queens and a life I'll never live. The White Princess becomes the wife of Harry Tudor, a very troubled king. We see the story from her (Elizabeth's) point of view.

    There are many ups and downs, births, deaths, and a very angry troubled man who takes the throne by killing the heir of the York family. Unfortunately Harry Tudor becomes very fearful that while he killed one York heir, he may have not killed all York male heirs. His life is ruled by his mother and his fear.

    Elizabeth must marry the very man who killed the man she loved; it is her duty as a princess from the family of York promised to Harry Tudor many years ago. Had her lover lived and taken the throne, she would have been free to marry him.

    Married to the man she despises Elizabeth must perform her duties as the York princess, eventually to be crowned queen after she produces a York heir.

    This was an extremely well written book and very enjoyable. Even after 19 hours, I didn't want it to end.

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    Linda 01-06-14
    Linda 01-06-14
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    ""The boy." "The boy?" "The boy!""
    What did you like best about The White Princess? What did you like least?

    Interesting characterization and creative (if not convincingly based on historical fact) detailing of events. This might be the worst Philippa Gregory book I've read (definitely the worst of The Cousins' War series), but that still makes it darn good historical fiction.


    What could Philippa Gregory have done to make this a more enjoyable book for you?

    Less repetition, please. Elizabeth and Henry have way too many exchanges of "The boy." "The boy?" "The boy!" I get that Gregory wanted to emphasize his obsession with defending his tentative throne and Elizabeth's careful diplomacy, but it really did get boring after a while. It may have been that it's just a sad series of events and Gregory didn't have much to work with


    What about Bianca Amato’s performance did you like?

    Always flawless.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't go into this expecting a happy ending, but it's still an interesting perspective on the Cousins' War and worth your time.

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    Jeannie 10-22-13
    Jeannie 10-22-13
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    "A very good read"

    This was a wonderful series and very close to the actual history. My only problem was #1 should have been last. She wrote them backwards. If I had known I would have read them in revers.

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    Julie Revere, MA, United States 10-16-13
    Julie Revere, MA, United States 10-16-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Great book!"
    What made the experience of listening to The White Princess the most enjoyable?

    The story itself. Very moving and powerful. I also like the accents. Made it real to me.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of The White Princess?

    All the twist and turns of the story.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    When the white princess had to meet Henry Tudor and knew she had to marry him even though he was her enermy.


    If you could rename The White Princess, what would you call it?

    Foes and relatives. One in the same.


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    Michelle 09-18-13
    Michelle 09-18-13 Member Since 2011

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    "Princess destined for Greatness and never Got it"

    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.

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    M. Delcid Florida 09-08-13
    M. Delcid Florida 09-08-13 Member Since 2011

    Love historical fiction, George R. Martin and anything worth reading.

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    "Interesting view on Henry VII & Elizabeth of York"
    What did you love best about The White Princess?

    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.


    What was your reaction to the ending? (No spoilers please!)

    Honestly, I was glad it was over.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

    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.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Not really.


    Any additional comments?

    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.

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    Alicia 09-03-13
    Alicia 09-03-13
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    "Amazing Audio Narration & Story"
    What made the experience of listening to The White Princess the most enjoyable?

    Superb Narration & Plot.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Elizabeth, the White Princess.


    Which character – as performed by Bianca Amato – was your favorite?

    Katherine Tudor, such a hateful woman. She nailed her vindictive, petty, narcissism.


    Any additional comments?

    Loved all of it. Very moved at the end.

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    Kim carlsbad, CA, United States 08-26-13
    Kim carlsbad, CA, United States 08-26-13 Member Since 2007
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    "I'm making myself finish this book!"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    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.


    What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

    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.


    Have you listened to any of Bianca Amato’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    The narrator is excellent. The book is not.


    You didn’t love this book... but did it have any redeeming qualities?

    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.


    Any additional comments?

    Don't bother with this one.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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