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 have read several of Phillipa Gregory's books and have enjoyed them. This one was just too long and it was just the same thing over and over again.
If you are looking for historical account, keep looking, but if you are ready to hear a dramatic story based on some historical facts, then this is an easy listen and an imaginative speculation on "what might have been." The reading was excellent. The story held my interest. Good listen for a long, rainy weekend of distraction-tolerant puttering.
I thought these books were suppose to have some pretty juicy sex scenes...I haven't heard one yet and they have had sex many times already...disappointing me.
great story! instantly draws listener in. narration was also great!
elizabeth woodville; i loved her ambition and her ability to love
jacquetta rivers; would love to hear more about her heritage and her goddess roots
I really tried to get through this one, because I loved "The Other Boleyn Girl," and I loved listening to Susan Lyons. But this story is far different. First, there is too much talk of witchcraft, and indeed, the entire story is based on a premise that Elizabeth and her mother were truly witches. Elizabeth is always "foreseeing" future events, and from almost the very beginning, she can sense the doom surrounding her sons... it just goes on an on entirely too much. I'm all for fantasy, but this isn't what I thought the story was going to be about.
Second, there is a lot of repetitiveness in it...
"Don't go off to war."
"I have to."
"Come back to me."
"Of course I will. But if I do not, take these precautions."
The same scene plays out at least 3 or 4 times, and there are other instances as well of just rewording things that have happened before.
The main characters, both the King and Queen, are portrayed as complete fools. He places his trust again and again in brothers, who, again and again, betray him ruthlessly, yet in between these bouts of betrayal and treason, they all reconcile to live as if nothing ever happened. I know that liberties are taken when writing historical fiction, but it was hard to believe that these things really could have played out that way in reality.
In truth, it felt like "fluff" with no substance. I tried to get through it, but just couldn't keep listening.
Magic, Loss and Love
The accuracy. I love how the story is almost true.
The drama of it all and her accent. Made it real
Plantagents love and war.
I had never been very interested in this time period but the author's use of her factual knowledge as well as fiction to fill in the gaps that you learn a lot while enjoying a story with characters you could relate to.
The historical accuracy.
Elizabeth Woodville, despite the controversy that surrounded her at the time, becomes very endearing and you can't help but root for her.
Once you start this book, it's impossible not to race through all of Phillipa Gregory's books!
So much happens in this book, it's easy to miss some critical details. I found myself rewinding sections to re-listen.
Queen Elizabeth, although not much talked about in history - in this story she has a very strong character, I like this version of history the best I think
I discovered the joy of audiobooks several years ago when I got a job which is a 45 min drive one way. It continued to keep me mostly sane.
The White Queen is a captivating account of a woman who decided her own fate and changed a nation's. Elizabeth Woodville was never supposed to be a queen. Her family did not support the new king, Edward Plantagenet, and her husband died fighting his army. She lost her lands as a result. She took her small sons and stood defiantly at the road to beg for her own back.. for her sons. He took one look at her and fell in love... or at least lust. She fell in love with him and the king married a commoner. Many in his court and in his country never forgave him for it.
This woman wasn't perfect and she made mistakes... great big ones. But she lived life large and as much as possible for women at that time, she was in charge. Phillipa Gregory adds notes of magic and witchcraft in the story, which were told at the time. I don't care much for that aspect of the story, but it takes nothing away from who this woman was and what she went through for herself and her family. She is a strong character who loves deeply and hates fiercely. It's a compelling tale and well narrated by Susan Lyons. It is very worth a credit to lose yourself in another time and place.
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