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)
These books do a great job at revealing history in the most interesting way. I know some historians love to hate on miss Gregory but she always makes sure to include a note about what was fact and what was speculation. She also includes her bibliography.
The books are well written and great to listen to. The narrator for this book was very good.
Er, with a grain of salt perhaps.... Interesting history and seemed to be written for a TV series, which I thought it worked well for. I saw the Series prior to listening to the book on tape and I have to say it's the FIRST time I enjoyed the TV series more than the book!
I'm not sure I did.... She got really into the self-pity and drama of the narrator and if I wasn't interested in the history I would have stopped listening to the book.
It is a TV series... And as a TV series the drama of the book works a little better. As a narrative it comes off a little too dramatic and whiny for me.
I almost quit listening which has never happened before, it just kept droning on and on and I never built a relationship with the characters. The narration was good, better then lots, but the story was written mostly in facts and statements rather than thoughts or feelings, I never felt the emotional turmoil of the characters, and I couldn't build a picture of the scene in my head. It was interesting, but my favorite part was the end when the author spoke of her inspiration for the story. In the end I am grateful to live in a country without kings or queens and don't have a desire to learn anymore about past English bureaucracy and the lengths they'd go for the throne.
This is my first time "reading" Philippa Gregory, and my first audio book as well.
I enjoyed the story and thought the magic weaved into the history was great. I wanted to keep listening to find out more.
However it felt as though the author would repeat herself often, sometimes several times within a single paragraph or scene.
I don't know if this is the nature of hearing over reading but that was my least favorite part.
After seeing the Starz series I'd hoped the book would make Elizabeth seem more appealing, but it does just the opposite. She is the epitome of a greedy hypocrite once she had a taste of power.
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