Thursday, 19 November 2009

HISTORICAL FICTION REVIEW: The White Queen - Philippa Gregory


The first in a stunning new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen 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. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores the most famous unsolved mystery, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.


The White Queen is a book based on the life of Elizabeth Woodville, who became the Queen of England and grandmother to Henry VIII. The story starts off slightly before she met the then king of England Edward IV it’s a fast paced story , bringing in all the characters of the time. It deals with both the happy times and the terribly sad times She went through. This book does deal with a lesser known Queen which may put people off, but Elizabeth was the mother of the princes in the tower which did pique My interest. Sadly this book is based a lot on how the author felt situations may turn out, which changed what historians view as the fate of the two princes. I found this a little off putting and was quite surprised as The Other Queen was based pretty much on historical fact. This book is worth a go it is well written but I’d say if You were to start on Gregory’s books I would choose The Other Queen to read first.

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