Wednesday, March 29, 2017

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

                                   The White Queen by Philippa Gregory, 464 pages

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.

*My curiosity was piqued when I saw the preview for the new miniseries The Red Queen, so I decided to try the first in the series. The White Queen was really enjoyable. I don't know much about Elizabethan times, so it was very interesting!

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