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The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

The White Queen (edition 2010)

by Philippa Gregory

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Title:The White Queen
Authors:Philippa Gregory
Info:Touchstone/Simon & Schuster (2010), Edition: 1ST, Paperback, 400 pages
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The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

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    The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman (DevourerOfBooks, kraaivrouw)
    DevourerOfBooks: Perhaps the best historical fiction on The War of the Roses.
    kraaivrouw: This is the one to read about the War of the Roses.
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    The King's Grey Mare by Rosemary Hawley Jarman (Sakerfalcon, tina1969)
    Sakerfalcon: Another novel focusing on Elizabeth Woodville.
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    The Princes in the Tower by Alison Weir (ddelmoni)
    ddelmoni: Non-fiction
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    The Pleasure Palace by Kate Emerson (BookshelfMonstrosity)
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  ShelleyAlberta | Jun 4, 2016 |
Review: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.

A great story of real history facts and fiction weave together to create an impressionable part of “The War of Roses“. Philippa Gregory has always been a good resourceful historical writer and she is still able to captivate her readers. Even though the same names are used through family’s from generation to generation gets confusing but I manage to stay on track. I will say this book did have more established accounts of aggressive behavior, sibling rivalry, battles of war, and death to contend with. In this story it sometime got a little overwhelming to keep up with who is on whose side, remembering everyone’s agendas, and motives. However it didn’t stop me from liking the book. Gregory did a fine job bringing it altogether.

The story begins with tales of the women of the families of York and Lancaster in the days of, “The War of Roses”. Elizabeth Woodville, a beautiful young widow whose husband died in battle, and leaving her with two sons to rear. Even though Elizabeth was a Lancastrian she set out and won the heart of King Edward IV, from the house of York and became his Queen. However, it was going to be a difficult life for her and her sons because of all the complex rivalries between the two families, who both seem to have claimants to the throne. So, Elizabeth had to fight and struggle with stubborn devotion to succeed in giving the King a large family of sons and daughters. Plus, she had to make some courageous decisions to protect her loved ones during a time of war.

Through war, plots, twists, love, royalty, death and magic (yes, magic) we see Elizabeth Woodville rise as she becomes Queen, then we see her throne is ripped away from her, and the heartwarming emotional grief she endured when losing children from sickness or murder….
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  Juan-banjo | May 31, 2016 |
Any book that gets you really excited about history is a great book in my opinion, and so far I have not been disappointed with Philippa Gregory's work. I especially enjoy seeing history told from a female perspective, and in this case it is Elizabeth Woodville, the woman who wins the heart of Edward of York. To marry her he defies his ally, Richard Neville --thus sowing the seeds of discord that will grow into rebellion years later. This book is full of mystery and intrigue, as Edward and his brothers vie for power, and the women use whatever means they can to advance their own cause--including prayers and/or spells. At first Edward, Elizabeth and the Woodville family ascend to dizzying heights of power and influence, however resentment against them rises and eventually threatens Elizabeth's own sons--who become the famed "princes in the tower". The author does take a lot of artistic license with this point of history, and with the inclusion of supernatural elements within the story--and some readers may feel that she stretched things too far. (This makes for a lively discussion if you choose to do this with a book group, by the way). However I do think that her vivid writing style makes history come alive in a memorable and exciting way. So whether or not you agree with how she interpreted the facts available to us, you aren't likely to forget who Elizabeth Woodville was or that she was a living breathing passionate human being after reading Gregory's depiction of her. ( )
  debs4jc | May 9, 2016 |
I really struggled to stay interested in this book. I had hoped for more historical fact interwoven within the dramatic fiction. I felt quite bored with Elizabeth's proclamations and no/little action. She came across as a spoiled petulant child instead of a woman with a backbone of steel. I won't read the other books as I found this one tiresome. ( )
  weisser4 | May 3, 2016 |
Philippa Gregory makes history come alive. The story of Elizabeth Woodville has it all, love, greed, betrayal, political machinations, family drama, war, etc. (Was Tolstoy right? Every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way) I found it really interesting that she chose to validate Perkin Warbeck’s claim to be one the lost princes in her story.

Strictly as a novel, the book was too plot-driven and the character development suffered as a result – I didn’t feel like I really knew Elizabeth or her family intimately, they lacked the complexity of real people. Despite this, I look forward to reading other books in this series.
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  memccauley6 | May 3, 2016 |
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[A] highly professional, highly enjoyable novel: stylistically plain, rhetorically straightforward, infinitely more interested in drawing readers into the life and immediacy of history than in pedantically mimicking period idioms.
Gregory's exhaustive research, lush detail and deft storytelling are all in top form here, making The White Queen both mesmerizing and historically rich.
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In the darkness of the forest the young knight could hear the splashing of the fountain long before he could see the glimmer of moonlight reflected on the still surface. He was about to step forward, longing to dip his head, drink in the coolness, when he caught his breath at the sight of something dark, moving deep in the water. There was a greenish shadow in the sunken bowl of the fountain, something like a great fish, something like a drowned body. Then it moved and stood upright and he saw, frighteningly naked: a bathing woman. Her skin as she rose up, water coursing down her flanks, was even paler than the white marble bowl, her wet hair dark as a shadow.
She is Melusina, the water goddess, and she is found in hidden springs and waterfalls in any forest in Christendom, even in those as far away as Greece. She bathes in the Moorish fountains too. They know her by another name in the northern countries, where the lakes are glazed with ice and it crackles when she rises. A man may love her if he keeps her secret and lets her alone when she wants to bathe, and she may love him in return until he breaks his word, as men always do, and she sweeps him into the deeps, with her fishy tail, and turns his faithless blood to water.

The tragedy of Melusina, whatever language tells it, whatever tune it sings, is that a man will always promise more than he can do to a woman he cannot understand.

Richard on my other side kneels too and mutters, as if he cannot be heard, "Is this the king? Really? He is the tallest man I have ever seen in my life!"

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Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They ruled before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

The White Queen tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, who secretly marries the newly crowned boy king. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become the central figures in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London.
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In this account of the wars of the Plantagenets, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, Elizabeth Woodville, catches the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown.… (more)

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