The White Queen (The Cousins' War #3)
Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through...more
I have a confession to make: I’ve been known to read trashy books. Now, this isn’t something that I like to shout from the rooftops, but if you spent your days reading Chaucer, you would unwind with something less cerebral too. I’ve done the romance novel thing, but the formula becomes grating after a while. So, my most turned to brainless literature is mediocre historical...more
Book One in a new series featuring the War of the Roses era of English history
This is a wonderful historical tale, a book that pulled me in from the first few pages and never let go. Thrilling, fast moving, this is a deliciously engrossing read!
I was even more thrilled to read that this book explored one of the biggest mysteries of history -- (no spoiler) Richard III. History is not my strong point, but this entire subject is fascinating to me.
I'll definitely be anxious to continue with...more
Our heroine Elizabeth Woodville, comes from mostly humble origins with a uniqueness of her own. Her mother's Burgundy family are descendants of a water goddess, Melusina. Wishing, tricks and witchcraf...more
I read it because it is being adapted into a TV Show starring Max Irons! . (Hear that, girls?)
Historical fiction -that too romance- is not my thing, not at all. I've tried my hands on quite a few historical books but ended up liking just one out of them ( Girl With A Pearl Earring ) and after reading this one I think I should just give up this genre. It is not made for me.
For the reason mentioned above and because of all the pr...more
Book 1 in a new series – The Cousin’s War
Written By: Philippa Gregory
Published By: Touchstone/Simon & Schuster
Date: Available – August 18th, 2009!
The White Queen is the 6th book written by Philippa Gregory, that I have reviewed. I am very pleased to share a little something with you all; like a fine wine that improves with age, so too, does Philippa Gregory’s writing. As a fan of Philippa’s work in general, I was hopeful that her...more
The White Queen turned out to not be quite as overwhelming as I expected i...more
Once I started reading The White Queen I realized that I was familiar with parts of the plot from reading Richard III years ago. Even this knowledge was pretty scanty - just something about two boys being imprisoned in the tower. While I had some idea of the outcome of...more
So, plot summary: we've moved back in time from the Sexy Sexy Tudors to the Sexy Sexy Plantagenets, but unfortunately these people do a lot less fucking and a lot more plotting. Also witchcraft, which was weird.
Reasons I Did Not Particularly Love This Book:
Gregory is best known for her fictionalized tales about the lives of the Kings and Queens of England, most famously The Other Boleyn Girl. This is a genre I like to call Historical Harlequin, whereby there may be some actual fact but it is mostly sappy, glorified romance in what was probably just a time period more miserable than the 90’s. She turns fa...more
The White Queen is a complete departure from Gregory's usual focus on the Tudors - this time we are taken a generation or two back to when the passionate risk-takers, the Plantagenets, ruled.
The White Queen herself is Elizabeth Woodville, a 27-year old recently-...more
This is the beginning of a new three part series on the War of Roses (Lancaster vs. York). In this first book we learn the story of Elizabeth Woodville, who had such an interesting life that little fiction really needed to be added to spice it up.
The book was full of the intrigue, secret planning, and backstabbing that we have grown accustomed to since reading the 16th century period, though admittedly it's a bit tamer than the Henry VIII years. Although there were countless...more
I have two complaints about the novel: one I recall feeling while reading The Other Boleyn Girl, and the other I do not. The first complaint is her repetition. I realize that some authors use this as a literary device, but some facts I felt she...more
We live bombarded by headlines of alarm and gloom and think that only our day and age has such strife, but The White Queen reminds us that such is the normal human condition. We strive and bicker and kill as much of it pride--but certainly also for family...more
I saw that many people didn't like the Melusina parts but for me it was refreshing and it was not a boring historical read.
With this huge importance given to the sorcery I think that the author wanted to show us the power of belief - the people in that time really believed in sorcery and so when others believed that this women were witches they also started to believe in it. We have to...more
Dengan dilatar belakang kisah Perang Mawar - perang antar sepupu, keluarga York melawan keluarga Lancaster, diceritakan Elizabeth woodville, seorang janda dengan 2 orang anak, anak dari seorang rakyat jelata yg ketiban bulan bertemu dengan sang raja Edward IV yg kesengsem berat oleh kecan...more
The book started off fabulously! Very interesting, mysterious and evocative. It devolved into a series of gory disgusting wars. Just when I was about to permanently give up on it, it got better again. None of the characters were entirely likable, including the speaker and main protagonist. She starts out likable but turns into a bitch. She is too power hungry. It makes a pretty good novel, but the war parts are boring and icky. Yes yes, I k...more
Druhý bod, ktorý na Philippe Gregory milujem? Že všetky veľké príbehy r...more
Elizabeth is a strong but un-sympathetic character but the drama and historical deta...more
Ya...amplop, baru sadar kalau udah dapat buntelan dari Penerbit Esensi dari kemarin. Terima kasih Penerbit Esensi, buku asli-nya sudah saya terima dng baik. Covernya keren!!
Di suatu masa, di tengah-tengah peperangan keluarga York dan Lancaster demi tahta kerajaan Inggris, seorang janda muda membawa dua orang putranya menghadang perjalanan sang Raja, mengharap kemurahhatiannya agar harta dan gelar suaminya dapat diwariskan pada pu...more
Before I even began reading the novel, I noticed one or two problems. Though small, they're worth noting. Gregory includes a royal family tree at the front of the book, to demonstrate the Houses of York and Lancaster, but according to this tree Edmund Tudor was married to King Henry VI at some point. I've got to say I burst out laughing at this. I understand that it's a genuine mistake, but seriously? Didn't Philippa Gregory or an editor or someone catch this before the book went to press? Putti...more
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