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ISBN13: 9781416563693
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The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life the extraordinary story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman who rises from obscurity to become Queen of England, and changes the course of history forever.

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.

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The #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Other Boleyn Girl" presents the first book in a new series set amidst the tumult and intrigue of England's passionate family feud, The War of the Roses.

Synopsis:

Presenting a new series set amid the deadly feuds in England known as the Wars of the RosesBrother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They ruled before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.The White Queen tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, who secretly marries the newly crowned boy king. While Elizabeth 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 from this beloved author.

Synopsis:

Presenting a new series set amid the deadly feuds in England known as the Wars of the Roses

Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They ruled before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

The White Queen tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, who secretly marries the newly crowned boy king. While Elizabeth 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 from this beloved author.

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her Cousins’ War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.

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Kara Shamy, October 26, 2013 (view all comments by Kara Shamy)
***Satisfies Hunger for Historical Fiction***

This was the first book by Philippa Gregory that I read, and it remains one of my favorites. I typically stick to heavy literary classics, but my fascination with some eras in British history left me hankering for some historical fiction. Reading Philippa Gregory's books really allow me to itch that scratch.

Also, I'm someone who finds difficulty making time for personal reading unless I am part of a book club, a Goodreads First Reads winner, or have some other external pressure to make time for an activity I would normally de-prioritize as pure pleasure. However, this novel quickly hooked me in so that I was completely immersed in the story for hours at a time. I was too absorbed to feel guilty for not doing something more "productive." That's a real gift.

If you're interested in historical fiction about women, this period, etc. this should prove to be a satisfying indulgence.
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emmejo, October 24, 2013 (view all comments by emmejo)
I tried to read this book, but gave up before page 40. I just wasn't in the mood to put up with Gregory's melodramatic prose, but the bigger issue is the attempted rape early in the book. I understand why the situation occurred and don't feel that it was a historically inaccurate scenario, but I have a major problem with the positive portrayal. Elizabeth fights back verbally and physically, finally grabbing her rapist's knife from his belt and threatening him off, yet this supposed to be romantic? It fuels her fire? She wants him more? She owed him sex because she said no before? I was disgusted. This situation could have been a lead-up for some interesting personal conflict, but that would ruin the textbook romance, so instead she falls even harder for her attacker.

I can't read and enjoy a book that promotes rape culture. This will probably also put me off trying other books by this author, particularly since I haven't been impressed by her others.
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Orlando501, September 1, 2011 (view all comments by Orlando501)
Like most of Philippa Gregory's books, The White Queen is an enthralling, magical look at the life of a real person. While quite a bit of this book is fictitious, there's enough real history dotting the pages to give you a feel for the real character of Elizabeth Woodville and the many people who came into her life as she went from a poor widow to a dazzling queen, to a strong and independent woman and mother. This rendition of the story of the boys in the tower and their mother is not one you will want to miss. Amazing story telling!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9781416563693
Author:
Gregory, Philippa
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
Romance - General
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Elizabeth Woodville; Beauty; Power; Lust; Ambition; Edward IV; Princes in the Tower; House of York; House of Lancaster; War of the Roses; The Cousins War; Margaret Beaufort; Richard III; Starz; Mini Series; England; The Plantaganets;
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Elizabeth Woodville; Beauty; Power; Lust; Ambition; Edward IV; Princes in the Tower; House of York; House of Lancaster; War of the Roses; The Cousins War; Margaret Beaufort; Richard III; Starz; Mini Series; England; The Plantaganets;
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Elizabeth Woodville; Beauty; Power; Lust; Ambition; Edward IV; Princes in the Tower; House of York; House of Lancaster; War of the Roses; The Cousins War; Margaret Beaufort; Richard III; Starz; Mini Series; England; The Plantaganets;
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Elizabeth Woodville; Beauty; Power; Lust; Ambition; Edward IV; Princes in the Tower; House of York; House of Lancaster; War of the Roses; The Cousins War; Margaret Beaufort; Richard III; Starz; Mini Series; England; The Plantaganets;
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Elizabeth Woodville; Beauty; Power; Lust; Ambition; Edward IV; Princes in the Tower; House of York; House of Lancaster; War of the Roses; The Cousins War; Margaret Beaufort; Richard III; Starz; Mini Series; England; The Plantaganets;
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Elizabeth Woodville; Beauty; Power; Lust; Ambition; Edward IV; Princes in the Tower; House of York; House of Lancaster; War of the Roses; The Cousins War; Margaret Beaufort; Richard III; Starz; Mini Series; England; The Plantaganets;
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Elizabeth Woodville; Beauty; Power; Lust; Ambition; Edward IV; Princes in the Tower; House of York; House of Lancaster; War of the Roses; The Cousins War; Margaret Beaufort; Richard III; Starz; Mini Series; England; The Plantaganets;
Subject:
Phillippa; Phillipa; Elizabeth Woodville; Beauty; Power; Lust; Ambition; Edward IV; Princes in the Tower; House of York; House of Lancaster; War of the Roses; The Cousins War; Margaret Beaufort; Richard III; Starz; Mini Series; England; The Plantaganets;
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Series:
Cousins' War
Series Volume:
01
Publication Date:
20100431
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
464
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in 13.44 oz

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Product details 464 pages Touchstone Books - English 9781416563693 Reviews:
"Synopsis" by , The #1 "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Other Boleyn Girl" presents the first book in a new series set amidst the tumult and intrigue of England's passionate family feud, The War of the Roses.
"Synopsis" by , Presenting a new series set amid the deadly feuds in England known as the Wars of the RosesBrother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They ruled before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.The White Queen tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, who secretly marries the newly crowned boy king. While Elizabeth 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 from this beloved author.
"Synopsis" by , Presenting a new series set amid the deadly feuds in England known as the Wars of the Roses

Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They ruled before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women.

The White Queen tells the story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, who secretly marries the newly crowned boy king. While Elizabeth 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 from this beloved author.

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