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.
Each chapter of this book held my attention. All the characters had their own agenda's and strategy to promote their own self interest. The war of the roses were represented by a white or a red rose depending on whose side you were on. Some royal family members jumped from the white to the red rose numerous times which kept u in suspense of what will happen next. I throughly enjoy this book.
The only reason I can't give this a higher rating is the annoying portrayal of Henry Tudor Its probably well done but he was such a jerk in the relationship I have to downgrade the whole experience! Otherwise a fun sequence
to the White Princess worth your purchase if your into this genre.
History of the Royals. Mostly fact. Philippa Gregory is a fabulous researcher & writer and takes every thread to the very end. It is a very long story, but it had to be since the story actually happened.
The wicked twists and turns of the family's quest for power. Edwards brother being at the center of the plot to take over the throne. I also loved the personal message at the end of the book in Ms. Gregory's own voice. It was very personal and I really appreciated her thoughtful words and the fact that the book was personal to her and not just about money.
The Queen of course.
Yes. When Edward dies and she is driven to go into hiding. The things her sons and brothers go through to protect her and keep her on the throne, then her two small sons. My heart bled for her and what she must have gone through. She was a true mother who loved each of her seven children. You get a sense (through history) that most queens turn their children over to other people to raise up, not so with Elizabeth.
The reader, Susan Lyons is brilliant. You truly get lost in the story and I loved her accent.
I saw the series on starz and because like any book to movie/series it leaves alot out so I had to read the story and very happy that I did loved loved loved it the story amazes me!!and. The narrator very good
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