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The White Queen

Book 3, The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels - A Novel

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The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life the extraordinary story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman who rises from obscurity to become Queen of England, and changes the course of history forever.

Elizabeth Woodville is a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition. Her mother is Jacquetta, also known as the mystical lady of the rivers, and she is even more determined to bring power and wealth to the family line. While riding in the woods one day, Elizabeth captures the attentions of the newly crowned King Edward IV and, despite her common upbringing, marries him in secret.

When she is raised up to be his queen, the English court is outraged, but Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for her family’s dominance. Yet despite her best efforts, and even with the help of her mother’s powers, her two sons become pawns in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London.

In this dazzling account of the deadly Wars of the Roses, brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize: the throne of England.

From Publishers Weekly

Aug 17, 2009 – Gregory applies her romantically written fictionalization of history to the powerful story of Elizabeth Woodville, the first English born commoner to become Queen of England. Her marriage to King Edward IV became part of the aristocratic battle of kin against kin for the crown during the turbulent and tragic years of the War of the Roses. From the fairytale-like introduction to the loss of her two young princes in the Tower of London, Elizabeth tells her own tale of joy and grief. Bianca Amato narrates the story with little vocal embellishment. It is a reading rather than a performance, and, in this instance, wholly successful. Rather than a creating a host of character voices, Amato uses her strong, haunting and cultured tone and accent so that listeners hear Elizabeth herself. A Touchstone hardcover (Reviews, Jun. 29).

Customer Reviews

The White Queen

I loved this book. It has been a while since I chose a book from the historical fiction space, and I made the right choice. I am ready to read the next book in this series. I hope the others are as great as this one-- I fully expect so, being that Ms Gregory brought us the wonderful Boleyn girls series. Fabulous!!

almost but not quite

I started by reading the sample and was immediately drawn to the story line and knew i had to make the purchase. Halfway through the book I regretted the purchase and find myself cursing at the white queen. To me she starts off in a postive note but then she just becomes evil and unforgiving. Not very queen like! I wont spoil the ending but there was more to be desired of the story than how it ended. I dont know if there is another book that follows it but i felt that the story just cut off at end and not reveal what had happened. Quite disappointed and i feel that the author could've done better.

A good read!

I enjoyed the book. I found the character of the White Queen complex and very human. She was a hopeful woman caught in a world controlled by men and luck. You see how she progresses from a soft innocent young woman to an older woman poisoned with mistrust caused by her husband's ambitious family. The author ends with an great interpretation of one of England's most interesting mysteries of what became of her family.

The White Queen
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  • $12.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Historical
  • Published: Aug 18, 2009
  • Publisher: Touchstone
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 416 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Series: Book 3, The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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