The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #2)
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
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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:
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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
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
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
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 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
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
This was an engrossing and breezy read. The novel is narrated in first person and tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, Queen of Edward IV, in her prime years. For someone like me who has only limited knowledge of English history, this novel also provides an intriguing glimpse into the bloody period of English dynastic rule that was marked by internecine power struggles between the House of York and the House of Lancaster in 15th century England, more commonly known as the “Wars of the Roses”. ...more
This was an entertaining read, but I wouldn’t say that it was a brilliant one. I think the main story of that time is incredibly interesting but Philippa Gregory romanticized it heavily. For a period full of war, she spared us many of the details. I guess ...more
This is a good book, though I figure it's not like Philippa Gregory had to try all that hard to make it interesting. The history behind the War of the Roses/the Cousins War is full of conflict and plenty of drama even without t ...more
The problem with it is apparent from the very first pages. Elizabeth moves from a crafty, stron ...more
I truly love Philippa Gregory's writing. She breathes so much life into historical figures that they seem to jump right off the page as historical events play out before you. I also love that she normally explains in her author's note what is known to be factual vs what is possibly factual, as well as what was purely fictional.
I also enjoyed the addition of magical realism included with this one. I found the Rivers' claim to being ancestors of an ancient water ...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
I really loved this book, I greatly admire both Elizabeth Woodville and her mother, Jacquetta of Luxembourg; Philippa Gregory never disappoints and has successfully weaved together a tale of intrigue, betrayal, and love set amongst the backdrop of The Cousin's War.
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