The White Queen

Philippa Gregory

The White Queen

The first in a new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville... The White Queen tells the story of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the success of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower whose fate remains unknown to this day. 4.2 out of 5 based on 3 reviews
The White Queen

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Classification Fiction
Genre Historical Fiction
Format Hardback
Pages 400
RRP £18.99
Date of Publication August 2009
ISBN 978-1847374554
Publisher Simon & Schuster
 

The first in a new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville... The White Queen tells the story of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the success of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower whose fate remains unknown to this day.

Reviews

The Daily Mail

Wendy Holden

This fast-paced and incident-packed read vividly recreates the desperate times of the Wars Of The Roses; all murder and strategy, passion, betrayal, castles and long, sweeping dresses. Of Woodville herself, Gregory makes a fascinating heroine; strong, ambitious, vengeful, beautiful and tinged with more than a hint of witchcraft. Popular history at its best.

03/09/2009

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The Washington Post

Diana Gabaldon

Engrossing... Most of the story is blunt, brutal and bloody, but Gregory has a deft hand with historical imagination... Good historical fiction always provides at least incidental commentary on the present (if not outright warnings). In this case, the warning is clear: Turning your back on morality for the sake of political gain will come back and bite you in the bum.

25/08/2009

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The Daily Telegraph

Maureen Waller

[An] entrancing novel. In Elizabeth she has alighted on an intriguing subject... Gregory is very good at describing the bitchiness of the women in this tale of dynastic rivalry.

14/09/2009

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