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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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    Eliz 06-24-14
    Eliz 06-24-14 Member Since 2013
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    "It's not the White Queen but still pretty good"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    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.


    What other book might you compare The White Princess to and why?

    I would compare this to "The Kingmakers Daughter" she is kind of an ambitious "victim" too.


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

    I really enjoy the continuity in the series of her reading. Well done, she make these interesting.


    If you could take any character from The White Princess out to dinner, who would it be and why?

    Elizabeth Woodville the Queen Mother.


    Any additional comments?

    This book will get you looking up the history of the family!

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    zahra Auckland, New Zealand 05-04-14
    zahra Auckland, New Zealand 05-04-14 Member Since 2013
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    "Frustrating"
    What would have made The White Princess better?

    If the princess knew something


    Would you ever listen to anything by Philippa Gregory again?

    I have read and listened to her other titles, this has to be here worst.


    Any additional comments?

    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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    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.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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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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    Kelly DALLAS, TX, United States 03-04-14
    Kelly DALLAS, TX, United States 03-04-14 Member Since 2015

    Berrylicious

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    "(Spoiler Alert!) Elizabeth doesn't know."
    What disappointed you about The White Princess?

    The repetitiveness. This is a problem that I'm noticing in more and more of Gregory's books. The same lines, descriptions, conversations are repeated over and over again. And after characters as strong and determined as Jacquetta, Margaret, and Elizabeth York, this Elizabeth was a bit of a letdown.

    She never seemed to act. I know that she had very little power, but she was so complacent.


    What was most disappointing about Philippa Gregory’s story?

    Since this was all from Elizabeth's point of view, I wish that more of the story could have reflected her life outside of Henry. I would have liked to hear more about her relationship with her children and with Maggie. It would have broken up the monotony of the "I've been forced to marry my enemy" repetitiveness.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Impatience, then disappointment because I thought there would be scenes between her and Katherine of Aragon.


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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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