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Book Review: The White Queen

Plot:

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.

Review originally written in October 2014:

Having great trouble actually reading this book. The real history of the time is sufficiently fascinating that there is really no reason Gregory needs to add water witches and sorcery into the mix. The central relationship between Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV is both underwritten and overwritten and embarrassingly bad. “Good God, I could take you now!” is not the kind of romantic writing one is willing to put up with for long. I am only a few chapters in, and life is simply too short to keep reading bad books.

Too bad, for the Boleyn books were quite well done, and the pre-Tudor maneuverings of the Wars of the Roses should be full of interest. However the poor writing and the swerve into magical writing debase the Philippa Gregory brand. This may be one for skimming through, or simply closing and not picking up again

2/5 Stars

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