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)
I am easily amused!
This is a beautiful book to listen to. The narration was even better than the story. A history buff will adore this series, I liked it. I love the perspective of powerful women shaping history behind the scenes. This one in particular has a special "unnatural ability" that was a unique twist.
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.
I really enjoyed this book! I came to this book through my bookclub and was hesitant at first because this is not a genre I usually am inclined towards. I thought it was going to be a bit of a girly sob story.
I am very glad I was wrong! this book takes place during the War of the Roses time period in history and is more fact than fiction.
I studied this time period fairly in depth when in high school and it was refreshing to read such an elegant and exciting blend of history and fiction.
the author did not disappoint!
the audio version is clear and crisp and was a joy to listen to.
I highly recommend this book to anyone interested in historical fiction who wants a phenomenal read!
Well told story by both the Author and the narrator, I love reading about Queen Elizabeth and how she handled her family. I especially like the authors take on the Princes in the tower as their are many theories and no known truths yet but this story is a plausible and happier tale.
i want a mix of history, business and entertainment
I just got back from London and wanted some history. All the other history books put me to sleep. This one brought it to life.
Charlotte Linn Oshe
This is the book for you! Based on known facts about the war of the roses this book brought me back to the time of goddesses and royalty and scandal and.... Oh! Just read the book! Wonderful. Philipa Gregory is a brilliant weaver of words, I adore her works.
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