White Queen

White Queen

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The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen , #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life the extraordinary story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman who rises from obscurity to become Queen of England, and changes the course of history forever.

Elizabeth Woodville is a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition. Her mother is Jacquetta, also known as the mystical lady of the rivers, and she is even more determined to bring power and wealth to the family line. While riding in the woods one day, Elizabeth captures the attentions of the newly crowned King Edward IV and, despite her common upbringing, marries him in secret.

When she is raised up to be his queen, the English court is outraged, but Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for her family's dominance. Yet despite her best efforts, and even with the help of her mother's powers, her two sons become pawns in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London.

In this dazzling account of the deadly Wars of the Roses, brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize: the throne of England.
Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416563686
1416563687
Branch Call Number: FIC Greg
Characteristics: 415 p. : map, geneal. table ; 24 cm

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RenGrrl May 02, 2011

The War of the Roses from the Yorkist side. An excellent read as always from Philippa Gregory!


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GLNovak
Nov 29, 2014

I have read other Gregory novels and enjoyed them all. I know only a very little about the York and Lancaster era so can't comment on the facts presented. If my confusion and frequent consulting of the genealogy tree are any indication, she wasn't as clear as she had hoped. It was an interesting story of Elizabeth Woodville and her time as Edward IV's queen, and, for me, a starting point to read other accounts of the times. To be fair, no doubt there aren't a lot of contemporary materials still existing to help any author when explaining the whys of things. The prose flows quickly and towards the end, I felt a little breathless with the fast-paced introduction of people and plots going on. Still I would say this was worth the three days it took to read.

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jcobban
Sep 07, 2014

Once upon a time there was a handsome prince. He was tall, blonde, brave, strong, a good friend and a forgiving opponent. The most common word used to describe him, both by his friends and his enemies was "charming". He defeated the wicked Queen, even her supporters thought she was wicked, to become King. As King he dedicated himself to justice, prosperity, and low taxes. Then one day as he rode along he saw a poor widow standing by the side of the road waiting to beg the King's help. She was the most beautiful fascinating woman he had ever met, and as a handsome prince he had, of course, met many beautiful women, including the daughters of neighbouring kings who hoped he would marry them. Of course a King must never marry for passion or love, but put his duty to the welfare of the kingdom above everything else. But the handsome and charming prince fell instantly in love and married the poor widow. And they lived, mostly, happily ever after until the day he died in her arms.

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talktimereader
Aug 23, 2014

Wonderful historical novel and first of three, The Red Queen and The King Makers Daughter. Adds flesh to the War of the Roses (War of the Cousins probably more correctly as pointed out by the author). Enjoyable read regardless if you read for history or simple enjoyment.

emerald2pac Dec 22, 2013

As good as I thought and knew it would be. Elizabeth was a very captivating women and her story was very riveting. I finished this book in three days or less. I found it nearly impossible to put down. I am very excited to start reading The White Princess next, I know I know out of order a little bit but I am not a fan of Anne Neville and want to read The Kingmaker's daughter last in the series.

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Sarah17
Dec 07, 2013

I found this book well below the author's usual standards. Since I know the period so well (I wrote a Master's thesis on the 15th century), I just found myself irritated by the magic and foofaraw that went on. It was "made for TV" sensationalist rubbish.

AuntJane Jun 28, 2013

I thought this was good for beach reading - I wasn't too familiar with this bit of history so the book was engaging, but all the strategizing and second guessing toward the end was tedious. I am 50/50 on reading another one.

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lozza1401
Jun 01, 2013

If you liked Gregory's Tudor series you will enjoy this as a prequel series. More fact than fiction but an interesting alternative to the story of the princes in the tower story.

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BlueHippo
Mar 05, 2013

Though ficional, I enjoyed this book very much. It provides a different perspective on the events leading up to the War of the Roses and a closer look at some people and relationships that are often overlooked in traditional histories. It hinted at an alaternative explanation for what happened to the nephews of Richard III (the Princes in the Tower) - an idea whichis more fully explored in her book "The Red Queen". I recommend reading them both.

Caroline1731 Oct 11, 2012

Pretty terrible - Gregory does a good job of explicating complicated relationships and the mercurial political changes of the time period; however, the book becomes tedious as it goes on. Ultimately, it's not very interesting.

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FattiPatti
Mar 08, 2012

The way she writes is very amazing. She know how to write a good story and is one of the best authors around. This one was one of my favorite books of her. Very well written. :)

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M_ALCOTT Jun 03, 2015

"...though men go to war it is women who suffer--perhaps more than anyone."-excerpt from The White Queen

M_ALCOTT Jun 03, 2015

"...it is easier to take a country to war than to bring it at peace, and a country at war is a bitter place to live, a risky place to have daughters, and a dangerous place to hope for a son."-excerpt from The White Queen

M_ALCOTT Jun 03, 2015

" When the enemy is before you, cast an eye behind you to see what your true and loyal friends are doing at the rear."-Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen

M_ALCOTT Jun 03, 2015

"It's a fool who is afraid of nothing. And a brave man is one who knows fear and rides out and faces it."-Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen

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cherienoreen
Aug 01, 2012

The White Queen was the first book Philippa Gregory wrote about the primary female characters during the War of the Roses. She is not releasing the books in chronological order of the story line (she didn't do it with the Tudor novels, either). However, with the Tudor novels, they are great when read in the order she wrote. I expect this series will be the same.

The White Queen follows Elizabeth Woodville from just before she meets Edward to until after he dies. It introduces you to all the major players in the war in a way that makes it easy to follow. The whole series is a bit heavy on first person self-talk, but she is a nice character to follow.

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