Title: The White Queen
Author: Philippa Gregory
Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.
With The White Queen, Philippa Gregory brings the artistry and intellect of a master writer and storyteller to a new era in history and begins what is sure to be another bestselling classic series from this beloved author.
History with a feminine twist. When you hear stories of the medieval fights, you usually don’t think women. The wars were lead by, fought by, and won by men. With conquering being the most important thing on the agenda.
This book shows you that world through the eyes of the fairer counterpart. The Queens role. There is no denying that these kings had their queens and this title came with a specific set of duties. A queen’s duty wasn’t just throwing balls and having sons, the internal politics too were a part and parcel of the title.
The story of the Lady of the Rivers is brimming, most definitely. It’s a tale of seduction, of determination, planning, and intrigue. But most importantly, it’s entertaining. It fills the gap that history has left. The author has managed to capture all the human aspects of being queen while still making it a coveted position that all cannot reach.
And that is the best part of the entire novel. You can’t hate her. Elizabeth is cunning, smart, sly, loving, cold-hearted, tender. She is, in a sense, human. How do you hate her cruelty when you see the love behind the actions? How do you hate the shrewdness she shows in ensuring she gets her way when you see the genuine loyalty and determination to give the best possible for her children? I was blown away by the Philippa Gregory’s ability to do that. It most definitely made sense that this book was made into a BBC tv show. It’s just so…dramatic!
On that note, though, despite all the intrigue and subplots woven into it, there is a point towards the middle of the book where it enters a sort of slump. It’s like slush that you need to wade your way through, but once you’ve made your way through it, there’s a sense of wanting more, that you wouldn’t mind wading through all the slush for the ending.
This is a novel that lends itself to various readings. You could read it in one sitting, curled up nicely in your blankets with a cold (because it’s so hot right now -.-“) drink and a couple biscuits. Or you could read this over the period of a week on your morning commute to college/school/work, or in between homework and assignments.
The language of this book flows beautifully and is a good read for most, but some of the topics are raunchy at best and so, this book is not for those too young to handle sex scenes. That said, this book has a lot of everything, adventure, plotting, death- in various ways, and a little bit of romance. So while I would suggest giving this book a read, I know for a fact that most guys might not be up for it…to those who don’t their loss 😛
–As always, comment below to tell me what you think and whether or not you’ll read it…or have read it–
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