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The White Queen by Philippa Gregory
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Jul 07, 2010

really liked it
bookshelves: fiction, history
Read from June 16 to July 01, 2010

My first Gregory book that was given to my by a friend is a great and fascinating read. The War of the Roses time period was a completely unsafe England with too many families having legitimate claims to the throne, leading the country in the survival of the fittist. It struck me that the safest position was simply to be a serving girl as the lure of the court changed family hands many times. Gregory does an absolutely wonderful job providing the scene and filling the gaps with a fun and fictional spin. Although you do fall in love with Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, you also see them for exactly what they are: the York version of the struggle ready and willing to do whatever they have to do. Her characters demonstrate the flaws, attributes, and perspective of the White Queen, and motivate you to read Gregory's version of the other Houses' perspectives. The best part, in my opinion, is that the author took a very convaluted part of history and made it much more understandable than most books and shows present.

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message 1: by Victoria (new)

Victoria Marian, have you read any Phillipa Carr, or Victoria Holt? They are the same person. It's fiction, but intersected with historical figures like Cromwell and it's told from the Royalist perspective.

Marian Willeke That would be interesting! I really enjoy the strong perspectives of a specific person (like Gregory characters), but written in such a way that you understand the bigger picture too.

message 3: by Victoria (new)

Victoria My only fear is it might not be up to your intellect, but if you look at it as a social study of the lives of people in that era, they are really good stories. She also wrote under another name and it was all Queen Elizabeth era storis, but not as good. Phillipa Carr, Saraband for Two Sisters is a good easy read with the historical background of England in the 1500's.

Marian Willeke LOL you always overestimate my intellect; such an ego stroker ;) I'm cool with what I define as quick fun reads though. I'd go nuts without them! Trying to read Clockwork Orange and the Colors of the Palette at the same time is sending me a little bonky at the moment.

message 5: by Victoria (new)

Victoria The movie Clockwork Orange scared me...along with Pink Floyd's the Wall. And I feel a bit better with your comment. Have a great dayY

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