Brother turns on brother. The throne of England is at stake. The deadly Wars of the Roses have begun....
They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally best-selling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.
Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, secretly marries the newly crowned boy king of England. While she rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become the central figures in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London.
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.
©2009 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging." (Sunday Express)
"Queen of the historical novel." (Mail on Sunday)
"Gregory brings to life the sights, smells and textures of 16th-century England." (Financial Times)
At one point in listening to this book I could not believe how sappy it is! Philippa Gregory transitiions from accepted historical facts to spinning a tall tale are easily determined. A life at court was not for the faint hearted and I wondered why anyone who fell from power would want to return to the backstabbing royal world. I have always loved English history and in spite of the drippy visions of a teenage girl I believe I will finish the series. One thing it does make clear is the order of Lancaster, York and Tutor. Susan Lyons did a great job.
This book kept me on the edge of my seat. I could not put it down.... I work out when I listen to my audio books, I did not find my mind wandering at all..
Elizabeth, she was a strong character... Even though I wondered about her vision for her future..
When she met her husband..
I would not...
Several years ago I read The Other Boleyn Girl and couldn't put it down. Now I can't help but wonder-- was The White Queen really written by the same author, or was I just out of my mind when I devoured The Other Boleyn Girl? THIS BOOK WAS HORRIBLE. More often than not, it feels like the main character is far from the action and, as a result, it's difficult to give a darn about a single character. I will never read Philippa Gregory again.
This is exceedingly lightweight.
The historical research cannot of consisted of much more than a quick glance at Wikipedia. One can certainly learn more by spending 10 minutes reading Wikipedia.
It rambles on in the present tense with Elizabeth Woodville's rather 20th century outlook (apart from a belief she can see into the future and cast spells), occasionally reminding us we are supposed to be in the 15th century by a reference to an event or the rushes on the floor.
The last third may be better - This is one of the handful of books I gave-up before the end.
Don't waste your money or credits.
Having seen this story on STARZ, and fallen in love with Elizabeth, I was excited to hear the book version! The STARZ version followed very closely the book, and it was interesting to visualize the scenes as they played out. I wondered why the TV version just stopped, and was rewarded with the second part of the book, that brought it to conclusion.
The story of Elizabeth succeeding from a commoner to Queen was wonderful. I loved the love story between her and Edward, truly unusual for important people of royalty! To see her succeed becoming Queen and bear many children, with the love and care she showed them all, was my favorite aspect of the story.
The double standard for men and women made me shake my head! It was expected that men, even the king, would behave as he pleased, while women behaved as they were expected to on surface, though behind the scenes manipulating their fates.
Taking place in the reign of Edward IV in England, it traced his reign from 1461 to 1483. This story showed how even royal people were pawns, females used for alliances and duty, males trained to be rulers. Just because you had a position in society didn't mean you would maintain it. The constant battles, dangers of the times, threat of succumbing to illness, plotting and manipulations against each other wove interesting tales! "Game of Thrones" demonstrated this, and had glimpses of this time period - the passion of Henry Tutor's mother Margaret to see him king, the battles for position, and the stories of their families, like those of the House of York, Lancaster, and Tudor. It was interesting to look up the timeline of Edward IVs reign, and see two additional successors from the House of York followed him for only 2 years, then was Henry VII from 1485-1509 from the House of Tudor! Bet there's a story there!
I love the story and wanted to hear in on a long journey on my audible; however did not care for the overly fairytale nature of the narrator
When they wed
I couldn't get through it. I felt like Hansel and Gretel were involved.
I loved the show and the book is an amazing viewpoint to a controversial character in history! I am a bit of a history and fantasy buff so combining the two really gives me great satisfaction! thank you Phillippa Gregory
I love Phillippa Gregory's books, and this one was no exception. The story is beautifully woven together, and the narrator did a wonderful job. I listened to this after Lady of the River, and it all flowed nicely together. Looking forward to the next book in the series.
Yes, because Philippa Gregory joined historical facts with fictional facts in a masterly way. Without deviating from the events known as "The Cousins'War" or "War of the Roses," Philippa Gregory wrote a wonderful novel without being romantic in the extreme. The author makes it clear at many times the role of women at the time, but at the same time, shows the power and the role they had too. I loved it
I would compare this book with "Dear and Glorious Physician: A Novel about Saint Luke" by Taylor Dadwell, by the way the authors present the story of the central characters, using facts already known by history.
Without a doubt, Elizabeth Woodville.
This questions is difficult... Elizabeth Woodville and Edward are characters that I would love to invite to dinner ... but who really arouses my attention is the king's brother - Richard - who seem little interested in politics, but I can choose only one, so I would like to invite the king's brother - Richard, because In the later chapters, Philippa presentes himt as a great manipulator, but was his actions premeditated? What was his real intentions?
I don't know why I wait so long to buy the books of Philippa Gregory. When I start listening, I condn't stop... I'm a passionate about history and listening to this book was a wonderful experience. Although I knew only the relevant events concerning the cousins' war (motivation and consequences), listen to this book sparked questions about the role of women in these events. And as Philippa Gregory mentions at the end of the book, I also can not imagine Elizabeth Woodville agreeing to send her other child to the custody of someone who she never trusted.
Questions and speculation aside, the book is a work of art, it presents a woman who knew how to represent her role in history, even after her husband's death, a woman who knew how to manipulate the policy and did what could to ensure herr power.
Couldn't get into this book. Very boring and her writing and character analysis was not up to par with the rest of her books.
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