Monday, January 20, 2014

The White Queen

by Philippa Gregory

This book killed two birds with one stone, it met one of the reading challenge requirements and it has been sitting on my bookshelf for about two years. If you've read any other of Gregory's novels, The White Queen is exactly what you expect, interesting history presented from a woman's perspective of that era. And while she's not the most gifted writer, she has quite an imagination in bringing the characters to life.

This book is the first in a series called the Cousins Wars (aka The Wars of the Roses) as told from the perspective of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of King Edward IV. Many believed the marriage between these two, a Plantagenet and a York, would bring peace back to England, and maybe so, but it was short-lived. This book covers the time from Edward IV's coronation and his private marriage to Elizabeth beyond his death to the disappearance of his two heirs in the Tower and ending just before the battle between Richard III (Edward's brother and successor) and Henry Tudor.

The book gets long-winded and a bit confusing since so many of these people insisted on having the same names! All the Edward's and Richard's and Henry's and Thomas' are hard to keep straight. If you liked The Other Boleyn Girl, you'll like this book.

I heard this series had been turned into a BBC tv show, but haven't seen it. 

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