Philippa Gregory is a fascinating writer. She has the knack for pulling the reader in and creating plenty of suspense for well-known historical stories. The White Queen is no exception, but it's not up to par with some of the other Gregory novels. By that I mean it didn't hold the same interest because the main character, Elizabeth, was very passive. She was not one of those characters that "ran towards lightening," but instead she would just make threats behind closed doors. I would have liked the witchcraft angle solidified more, maybe creating more doubt or suspicion in the readers' minds, as well as more reaction to her husband's endeavors. She seemed too-knowing, too accepting of the court life, something that should have been new to her. As the book it written, Elizabeth falls easily into the role with no character change or growth.
Overall, I felt sad about the characters and the constant deception surrounding them--what a waste of life and living for those English monarchies.