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READ KINDLE · The White Queen ì Brother turns on brother The throne of England is at stake The deadly Wars of the Roses have begun They ruled England before the Tudors, and now internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the Plantagenets to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players the indomitable women Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, secretly marries the newly crowned boy king While she rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become the central figures in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries the lost princes in the Tower of London 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 After reading The Other Boleyn Girl I loved Philippa Gregory, and would pick up virtually anything she d written.I watched the BBC adaption of The White Queen which I thoroughly enjoyed, so went for the book series All four that I ve read The Lady of the Rivers, The White Queen, Alright, I honestly did not like this novel I can t believe this woman has writtenthan 10 books I ve been trying to conjure up excuses to give Gregory some credit but this novel just wasn t my style Mainly because all it really is, is a detailed historical timeline with a little embellishment here and there its bland soup Her writing style in the beginning of the book was abominable The first 10 pages were all I, I, I, and then He, He, He What I m trying to say is that there was no Alright, I honestly did not like this novel I can t believe this woman has writtenthan 10 books I ve been trying to conjure up excuses to give Gregory some credit but this novel just wasn t my style Mainly because all it really is, is a detailed historical timeline with a little embellishment here and there its bland soup Her writing style in the beginning of the book was abominable The first 10 pages were all I, I, I, and then He, He, He What I m trying to say is that there was no sentence variation, making the story very annoying to read after about five minutes She improves on this towards the middle of the book but not immensely her writing style is still pretty feeling less.I also did not like the plot, now this I cannot blame on Gregory as she can not be held responsible for the irritating nature of the Old Regime There are some take away lessons from this story about power and government but after a while, the atrocities that men and women committed just to gain power became a little redundant and even annoying Its like okay how many times are going to fight for someone else s throne It just seemed like all these people had to do before the advent of television was go to war and try and become King of so and so I would HATE to have lived in that era or to be a Queen or a Princess and be caught up in the endless web of greed I hold all these views thanks to Gregory s perspective.It would be great to read something about this era written from the perspective of a common man.Gregory really had something going with the witch side plot line Magic always adds intrigue to a predictable story But this was a very minute part of the novel Most of the novel was just this happened and then that happened and then we were happy summary and then we went to war The war details were great This is why I m even giving the novel two stars There was a lot of detail there and you really could see the battles happening The personal relationships were colorless though so unless you need to learn about the House of York for history class, I wouldn t waste my time with this book This was my first Philippa Gregory novel, and it was such an excellent introduction to the author and genre It actually inspired me to readhistorical fiction by a variety of writers I like Gregory s style because the history, and intensity, is not sacrificed by the romance in the plot Indeed, the romance is a mere element of the story, and not the story itself So, now, many years later, I m glad I picked this book up I like Gregory s Elizabeth she has such sharp claws A woman who k This was my first Philippa Gregory novel, and it was such an excellent introduction to the author and genre It actually inspired me to readhistorical fiction by a variety of writers I like Gregory s style because the history, and intensity, is not sacrificed by the romance in the plot Indeed, the romance is a mere element of the story, and not the story itself So, now, many years later, I m glad I picked this book up I like Gregory s Elizabeth she has such sharp claws A woman who knows what she wants Philippa is a master at getting into the mind of these historical figures she takes the events and narrates them from the perspective of how the said character may have perceived them Elizabeth Woodville is many things she is a courageous woman and a loyal wife she is ambitious and deadly she is strong and ruthless To some she is even considered a witch but, firstly, and undeniably, she is a concerned mother This worriment over the fate of her children is exactly what makes her queen of England her concern drives her to seek protection under the banner of YorkTo save my son, I would plot with the devil himself Her first husband has died fighting for the red rose he has died under the banner of Lancaster So, Elizabeth is widowed and in need of protection Her family are seen as traitors by the new Yorkist regime they are enemies of the crown So, what better way than to appear as if by random out of the woods, like a fairy tale princess, to gain the King s heart Elizabeth seduced the King, and he wasthan happy to oblige her, but she was clever enough to gain some surety before giving herself fully to him thus, she joins the house of York in a very well written opening to this book Elizabeth s story The marriage of Elizabeth and Edward IV began with passion and heat it ended with political upheaval I love the way Elizabeth has been written it is such a way that suggests that her actions could be driven by a mother s natural instinct to protect her children, and then at the same time suggests that she is merely plotting for her own power lust I, personally, think it was a little bit of both She feared Richard, but she also wanted to remain queen This was quite a pivotal moment for history because if the two had reconciled, then perhaps together they could have saved the white rose of York English history and society would be remarkably different But, that would never have happened Both factions of the house of York wanted the power and wanted to be rulers of England Elizabeth ensured her own security by keeping one of her boys out of Richard s, supposedly, dirty hands This young York boy appears later in theThe White Princessas Perkin Warbeck Indeed, Gregory leaves herself room for later scandal, lies and pure intrigue I love this series, and I love the way she has written her characters It s an interpretation that, historically, could be true and accurate But, at the same time, she never points any fingers She shows us how things have happened, but at the same time doesn t directly say who was responsible she suggests just enough that every character has equal blame I m, of course, referring to the murders of the princes in the tower In this, I feel that Gregory is completely impartial The Cousin s War Series 1 The White Queen A strong four stars2 The Red Queen A fair three stars3 The Lady of the Rivers A Margretless two stars Considering that I ve now read six of her books, it pains me to say that I might be getting over Phillipa Gregory Most of the reviews for The White Queen were good, and I expected to like it But for the most part, it was justmeh So, plot summary we ve moved back in time from the Sexy Sexy Tudors to the Sexy Sexy Plantagenets, but unfortunately these people do a lot less fucking and a lotplotting Also witchcraft, which was weird Reasons I Did Not Particularly Love This Book The ma Considering that I ve now read six of her books, it pains me to say that I might be getting over Phillipa Gregory Most of the reviews for The White Queen were good, and I expected to like it But for the most part, it was justmeh So, plot summary we ve moved back in time from the Sexy Sexy Tudors to the Sexy Sexy Plantagenets, but unfortunately these people do a lot less fucking and a lotplotting Also witchcraft, which was weird Reasons I Did Not Particularly Love This Book The main character, Elizabeth Woodville, apparently came from a family that actually claimed to be descended from the water goddess Melusina Okay, I can stand by that, but then Gregory takes it a step further several steps, actually and decides that not only do Elizabeth and her mother regularly perform spells that actually work, but they both have the Sight Capital S Gregory s pulled this trick before, with the vision having character in The Queen s Fool, but it wasn t a major plot point there, and ultimately didn t influence the story that much The supernatural element in this one borders on the ridiculous Elizabeth whistles in a storm to stop Henry Tudor from invading London I am not making this up, but Gregory is This is a prequel, so there s lots of foreshadowing to what s going to happen in the next books And it s very, very blatant foreshadowing Characters are always saying things like, Henry Tudor will never be king, none of the Tudors will and I trust Richard with my life, he s a great brother and I can just see Philippa Gregory winking from behind the page, singing I know what s gonna happen, I know what s gonna happen SO DO I, PHILIPPA Elizabeth Woodville is traditionally vilified, which seems like a good enough reason to write a book from her perspective, but even when she s telling the story she can t hide the fact that she s kind ofevil She manipulates people to serve her own agenda, is ruthless in securing the throne for her children even after Richard takes over and her kids just want to go home, and she also holds very creepy grudges against anyone who killed a member of her family Her dad and one of her brothers gets killed in battle, and from then on every single time she mentions the men responsible she s like, I m going to kill them They are dead men I m going to kill them so hard with magic and then I will make necklaces out of their spines and dance naked on their graves Tone it down, woman Every single man is named either Edward, Richard, George, or Henry A family tree is provided at the beginning of the book, but since it stops at Edward IV and his brothers, it s no help at all when it comes to tracking Elizabeth s ten million siblings and children Maybe I m moving beyond Philippa Gregory This makes me sad, mostly because it means I need to find a new series of trashy guilty pleasure books to read