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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

Critic Reviews

"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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fantastic book!

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!

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Love Historical Drama, Time Captured

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.

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So so

This got high ratings so I thought I would give it a read. I am not interested enough to go on with the series.

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First time for Gregory

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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If you love historical fiction...

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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Great story!

Great book, the story draws you in, couldn't stop listening, recommend to everyone that's interested in the York/Lancaster saga.

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Intrigue and Suspense

Each chapter of this book held my attention. All the characters had their own agenda's and strategy to promote their own self interest. The war of the roses were represented by a white or a red rose depending on whose side you were on. Some royal family members jumped from the white to the red rose numerous times which kept u in suspense of what will happen next. I throughly enjoy this book.

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The White Queen didn't deserve Henry Tudor

The only reason I can't give this a higher rating is the annoying portrayal of Henry Tudor Its probably well done but he was such a jerk in the relationship I have to downgrade the whole experience! Otherwise a fun sequence
to the White Princess worth your purchase if your into this genre.

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Great book. Fantastically written!

What made the experience of listening to White Queen the most enjoyable?

History of the Royals. Mostly fact. Philippa Gregory is a fabulous researcher & writer and takes every thread to the very end. It is a very long story, but it had to be since the story actually happened.

What did you like best about this story?

The wicked twists and turns of the family's quest for power. Edwards brother being at the center of the plot to take over the throne. I also loved the personal message at the end of the book in Ms. Gregory's own voice. It was very personal and I really appreciated her thoughtful words and the fact that the book was personal to her and not just about money.

Which character – as performed by Susan Lyons – was your favorite?

The Queen of course.

Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

Yes. When Edward dies and she is driven to go into hiding. The things her sons and brothers go through to protect her and keep her on the throne, then her two small sons. My heart bled for her and what she must have gone through. She was a true mother who loved each of her seven children. You get a sense (through history) that most queens turn their children over to other people to raise up, not so with Elizabeth.

Any additional comments?

The reader, Susan Lyons is brilliant. You truly get lost in the story and I loved her accent.

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Another great story from P.G.

If you love the Tudor Dynasty then this is a must read. The White Queen is a dynamic love story with a "can do" attitude.