The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.
With The White Queen, Philippa Gregory brings the artistry and intellect of a master writer and storyteller to a new era in history and begins what is sure to be another best-selling classic series from this beloved author.
©2009 Philippa Gregory Limited; (P)2009 Simon & Schuster
This is a historical novel written primarily for a female audience by the woman who brought us The Other Boleyn Girl. It is not non-fiction. Of course it tends towards the romantic. It isn't fair to expect too much more from it. Elizabeth Woodville as a whole wasn't Elizabeth I or Anne Boleyn...or even Mary, Queen of Scots. Those women, even impulsive Mary, were women who DID things in history. Elizabeth Woodville had a great deal done TO her. You can't compare her story to theirs.
As such I thought this was a fairly good introduction to the story of the War of the Roses. Not great, but interesting. I was always interested in the princes in the tower. I hope Gregory takes the story through to the Tudor era. It would be interesting for a few books to focus on the time prior to Henry VIII.
I found this listen to be an enjoyable introduction to the history of the war of the roses. I couldn't resist looking up the history and family tree online after finishing the book.
This is the story of one of Henry the VIII's grandmothers. It is somewhat melodramatically read. But if you are interested in this period, I think you will like it.
The White Queen reminds me of a fairy-tail because of the alleged magic use. I read The Red Queen first so I found it quite fascinating when the stories and scenes intersected.
In response to the book's historical usefulness, I agree with Catherine's "Be Fair" comment. I do not speak for all Americans but, for many, keeping track of Britain's history consisted mostly of studying for school tests in the distant past.
To draw a parallel, when the television series The Tudors debuted, the critics repeated how the history was "bastardized" and "Americanized." Maybe this is true; however, I found the subject fascinating enough to look up the history (and stumble across a review all but equating "bastardized" and "Americanized").
I am still intrigued by Britain's history. I am not expert enough to read the books wished for by other commentators that are full of historical facts, as I do understand all of Gregory's references; however, I am interested and am exploring. I appreciate learning about Britain's history while listening to an intriguing work of fiction.
The reader did a great job, but the novel itself amounted to a short romance. I expected more character development, more history, and a more complex set of characters.
Actually, I have. The story is captivating and the reading is well done. Having listened to The Red Queen, it was interesting to experience the story from the other side.
Biancs Amato read The Red Queen. She read both stories with the same ease and cadence. Her committment to each of the main characters and her emotional involvement with them was believable and added to the story overall.
I love the historical novels of Philippa Gregory. I just want to live there. It would take a great misstep for me not to automatically love a new Philippa Gregory novel, so I know I'm biased. I just find her novels fascinating, and so enjoyable to read or to play as an audiobook. I
I have read a number of Gregory's books, this was an uninspired rehash of the others, without emotion,detail or life..a waste..read the Other Boleyn Girl instead..
There is absolutely no character development. The story is told as it's happening, not in the past tense and it's really annoying.
The as-it-happens style of story telling. "I'm walking into the....." rather than "I walked into the...". Also, there was absolutely no character development. When Elizabeth's father dies, we are told by the Elizabeth that he was a wonderful father and she loved him very much, although you never get a sense of that until that moment. Dreadful writing.
Overly dramatic narrating, as if I'm listening to Shakespeare.
Disappointment and annoyance.
An actual plot
The narrator was totally fine. She did a good job. The story was awful.
The main character was boring, predictable, docile, horrible, and we (the audience) had no opportunity to meet and get to know another character as well as she (the protagonist), so cutting her would cut the book. Not a bad idea though...
I couldn't be more disappointed by this book. As the first in a series I was expecting it to have some sort of intrigue, something gripping to keep me wanting to listen. I finished listening out of pure stubbornness-- so I could get to the end and confirm that it was as dull and predictable as the first chapter. How horrible.
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