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.
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).
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Good book if you like period pieces
Philippa Gregory captures in Lady Elizabeth Woodvill an incredible woman who beautifully navigates and manipulates her luck and fortune within the confines placed upon her by England's social prejudices. She combines in her character ambition, motherly devotion, and poilitcal saviness. While the character and story perfectly follows the true history of the Wars of the Roses, Gregory skillfully escavates and marks the true historical tale and, within its bounds, crafts characters and plots with all the familiarity, tangibility, and unique personality of any story that is fully fictional. You will forget that the book is history, but you will leave the finished book with much-heightened understanding of the time and history that The White Queen takes place in.
The White Queen
Interesting history. The story is a little slow getting started, but it picks up and becomes intriguing soon. The fighting gets a little tiresome, but the family saga should keep the reader interested. The author, very thoughtfully, wrote a sequel.