The White Queen

Gregory, Philippa

Book - 2009
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The White Queen
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.

Publisher: New York : Simon & Schuster, 2009
Edition: 1st Touchstone hardcover ed
ISBN: 9781416563693
Branch Call Number: FICTION GREGORY 2009
Characteristics: 415 p. :,map, geneal. table ;,24 cm


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This historical novel is set amidst the tumult and intrigue of England's passionate family feud, The War of the Roses, which A Game of Thrones is loosely based on.

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Nov 29, 2014
  • GLNovak rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

I have read other Gregory novels and enjoyed them all. I know only a very little about the York and Lancaster era so can't comment on the facts presented. If my confusion and frequent consulting of the genealogy tree are any indication, she wasn't as clear as she had hoped. It was an interesting story of Elizabeth Woodville and her time as Edward IV's queen, and, for me, a starting point to read other accounts of the times. To be fair, no doubt there aren't a lot of contemporary materials still existing to help any author when explaining the whys of things. The prose flows quickly and towards the end, I felt a little breathless with the fast-paced introduction of people and plots going on. Still I would say this was worth the three days it took to read.

Sep 07, 2014

Once upon a time there was a handsome prince. He was tall, blonde, brave, strong, a good friend and a forgiving opponent. The most common word used to describe him, both by his friends and his enemies was "charming". He defeated the wicked Queen, even her supporters thought she was wicked, to become King. As King he dedicated himself to justice, prosperity, and low taxes. Then one day as he rode along he saw a poor widow standing by the side of the road waiting to beg the King's help. She was the most beautiful fascinating woman he had ever met, and as a handsome prince he had, of course, met many beautiful women, including the daughters of neighbouring kings who hoped he would marry them. Of course a King must never marry for passion or love, but put his duty to the welfare of the kingdom above everything else. But the handsome and charming prince fell instantly in love and married the poor widow. And they lived, mostly, happily ever after until the day he died in her arms.

Aug 23, 2014
  • talktimereader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful historical novel and first of three, The Red Queen and The King Makers Daughter. Adds flesh to the War of the Roses (War of the Cousins probably more correctly as pointed out by the author). Enjoyable read regardless if you read for history or simple enjoyment.

Dec 22, 2013
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As good as I thought and knew it would be. Elizabeth was a very captivating women and her story was very riveting. I finished this book in three days or less. I found it nearly impossible to put down. I am very excited to start reading The White Princess next, I know I know out of order a little bit but I am not a fan of Anne Neville and want to read The Kingmaker's daughter last in the series.

Dec 07, 2013
  • Sarah17 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found this book well below the author's usual standards. Since I know the period so well (I wrote a Master's thesis on the 15th century), I just found myself irritated by the magic and foofaraw that went on. It was "made for TV" sensationalist rubbish.

Jun 28, 2013
  • AuntJane rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was good for beach reading - I wasn't too familiar with this bit of history so the book was engaging, but all the strategizing and second guessing toward the end was tedious. I am 50/50 on reading another one.

Jun 01, 2013
  • lozza1401 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you liked Gregory's Tudor series you will enjoy this as a prequel series. More fact than fiction but an interesting alternative to the story of the princes in the tower story.

Mar 05, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Though ficional, I enjoyed this book very much. It provides a different perspective on the events leading up to the War of the Roses and a closer look at some people and relationships that are often overlooked in traditional histories. It hinted at an alaternative explanation for what happened to the nephews of Richard III (the Princes in the Tower) - an idea whichis more fully explored in her book "The Red Queen". I recommend reading them both.

Feb 03, 2013
  • lucyinthesky rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was the first Philippa Gregory book I read and I was hooked. I think its one of her best. A great read!

Oct 11, 2012
  • Caroline1731 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Pretty terrible - Gregory does a good job of explicating complicated relationships and the mercurial political changes of the time period; however, the book becomes tedious as it goes on. Ultimately, it's not very interesting.

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Aug 01, 2012
  • cherienoreen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The White Queen was the first book Philippa Gregory wrote about the primary female characters during the War of the Roses. She is not releasing the books in chronological order of the story line (she didn't do it with the Tudor novels, either). However, with the Tudor novels, they are great when read in the order she wrote. I expect this series will be the same.

The White Queen follows Elizabeth Woodville from just before she meets Edward to until after he dies. It introduces you to all the major players in the war in a way that makes it easy to follow. The whole series is a bit heavy on first person self-talk, but she is a nice character to follow.


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