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White Queen | [Philippa Gregory]

White Queen

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.
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Publisher's Summary

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

What the Critics Say

"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)

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    Rebecca 04-01-15
    Rebecca 04-01-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great continuing story;"

    Loved the layers upon layers, details incredible ! Every back story comes the front within this Saga! Each Cousin has their day!

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    Amazon Customer Walnut Creek 03-27-15
    Amazon Customer Walnut Creek 03-27-15 Member Since 2015
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    "I love Philippa Gregory"

    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.

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    SmittenKitten 03-25-15
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    "Was surprised to like TV Series more than Book"
    Would you try another book from Philippa Gregory and/or Susan Lyons?

    Doubtful


    Would you recommend White Queen to your friends? Why or why not?

    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!


    What about Susan Lyons’s performance did you like?

    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.


    Could you see White Queen being made into a movie or a TV series? Who should the stars be?

    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.


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    Tammy 03-24-15
    Tammy 03-24-15
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    "Wonderful Series.. I'm hooked.."

    I love reading Philippa Gregory's books. I have read almost all her books in both of her Series. I recommend these to everyone.

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    Micah OGDEN, UT, United States 03-12-15
    Micah OGDEN, UT, United States 03-12-15 Member Since 2010
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    "It just kept going and going"

    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.

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    JK 03-07-15
    JK 03-07-15
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    "Enjoyed this book"

    It was a great book to listen to while working. I would recommend this book to anyone who loves history.















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    Jessica Reynoso Los Lunas, NM United States 02-24-15
    Jessica Reynoso Los Lunas, NM United States 02-24-15
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    "Good story, very redundant"

    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.

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    Tivarri 02-11-15
    Tivarri 02-11-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Enjoyable, but I really don't like hypocrites!!"

    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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    Christy 02-02-15
    Christy 02-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Fabulous read!"

    Totally recommend this book - flew by so quickly! Can't wait to read the next one!!!!! Glad this is a series

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    SusanSeg 01-23-15
    SusanSeg 01-23-15
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    "Dry"

    This is my first Philippa Gregory book and it will probably be my last. I love historical fiction but this didn't keep me involved. It read more like a history book and less like a novel.

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