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 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.
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.
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