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The White Queen

Gregory, Philippa (Book - 2010 )
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
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Authors: Gregory, Philippa
Title: The white queen
Publisher: New York : London : Pocket, 2010.
Edition: 1st Pocket Star Books paperback ed.
Characteristics: 538 p.,18 cm.
Notes: Includes Reading group guide, a conversation with Philippa Gregory, and "About the white queen and the red queen" (p. [539-556]).
Originally published: London: Simon & Schuster, 2009.
Local Note: 35 118 133 148 152
ISBN: 9781847398581
1847398588
1451602057
9781451602050
1847394647
9781847394644
Statement of Responsibility: Philippa Gregory
Bibliography: Includes bibliographical references (p. [535]-538).
Subject Headings: Great Britain History Wars of the Roses, 1455-1485 Fiction. Great Britain History Richard III, 1483-1485 Fiction. Great Britain History Edward IV, 1461-1483 Fiction. Kings, queens, rulers, etc. Great Britain Fiction. Murder England History To 1500 Fiction. Richard III, King of England, 1452-1485 Fiction. Richard, Duke of York, 1472-1483 Death and burial Fiction. Edward V, King of England, 1470-1483 Death and burial Fiction. Richard, Duke of York, 1472-1483 Fiction. Edward V, King of England, 1470-1483 Fiction. Elizabeth, Queen, consort of Edward IV, King of England, 1437?-1492 Fiction.
Genre/Form: Historical fiction-2010.
Biographical fiction-2010.
Topical Term: Kings, queens, rulers, etc.
Murder
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Once upon a time there was a handsome prince. He was tall, blonde, brave, strong, a good friend and a forgiving opponent. The most common word used to describe him, both by his friends and his enemies was "charming". He defeated the wicked Queen, even her supporters thought she was wicked, to become King. As King he dedicated himself to justice, prosperity, and low taxes. Then one day as he rode along he saw a poor widow standing by the side of the road waiting to beg the King's help. She was the most beautiful fascinating woman he had ever met, and as a handsome prince he had, of course, met many beautiful women, including the daughters of neighbouring kings who hoped he would marry them. Of course a King must never marry for passion or love, but put his duty to the welfare of the kingdom above everything else. But the handsome and charming prince fell instantly in love and married the poor widow. And they lived, mostly, happily ever after until the day he died in her arms.

Aug 23, 2014
  • talktimereader rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Wonderful historical novel and first of three, The Red Queen and The King Makers Daughter. Adds flesh to the War of the Roses (War of the Cousins probably more correctly as pointed out by the author). Enjoyable read regardless if you read for history or simple enjoyment.

Dec 22, 2013
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

As good as I thought and knew it would be. Elizabeth was a very captivating women and her story was very riveting. I finished this book in three days or less. I found it nearly impossible to put down. I am very excited to start reading The White Princess next, I know I know out of order a little bit but I am not a fan of Anne Neville and want to read The Kingmaker's daughter last in the series.

Dec 07, 2013
  • Sarah17 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

I found this book well below the author's usual standards. Since I know the period so well (I wrote a Master's thesis on the 15th century), I just found myself irritated by the magic and foofaraw that went on. It was "made for TV" sensationalist rubbish.

Jun 28, 2013
  • AuntJane rated this: 2.5 stars out of 5.

I thought this was good for beach reading - I wasn't too familiar with this bit of history so the book was engaging, but all the strategizing and second guessing toward the end was tedious. I am 50/50 on reading another one.

Jun 01, 2013
  • lozza1401 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

If you liked Gregory's Tudor series you will enjoy this as a prequel series. More fact than fiction but an interesting alternative to the story of the princes in the tower story.

Mar 05, 2013
  • BlueHippo rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

Though ficional, I enjoyed this book very much. It provides a different perspective on the events leading up to the War of the Roses and a closer look at some people and relationships that are often overlooked in traditional histories. It hinted at an alaternative explanation for what happened to the nephews of Richard III (the Princes in the Tower) - an idea whichis more fully explored in her book "The Red Queen". I recommend reading them both.

Feb 03, 2013
  • lucyinthesky rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

This was the first Philippa Gregory book I read and I was hooked. I think its one of her best. A great read!

Oct 11, 2012
  • Caroline1731 rated this: 1 stars out of 5.

Pretty terrible - Gregory does a good job of explicating complicated relationships and the mercurial political changes of the time period; however, the book becomes tedious as it goes on. Ultimately, it's not very interesting.

Mar 08, 2012
  • FattiPatti rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

The way she writes is very amazing. She know how to write a good story and is one of the best authors around. This one was one of my favorite books of her. Very well written. :)

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Aug 01, 2012
  • cherienoreen rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

The White Queen was the first book Philippa Gregory wrote about the primary female characters during the War of the Roses. She is not releasing the books in chronological order of the story line (she didn't do it with the Tudor novels, either). However, with the Tudor novels, they are great when read in the order she wrote. I expect this series will be the same.

The White Queen follows Elizabeth Woodville from just before she meets Edward to until after he dies. It introduces you to all the major players in the war in a way that makes it easy to follow. The whole series is a bit heavy on first person self-talk, but she is a nice character to follow.

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