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The newest novel from #1 New York Times
bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA Today
) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England.
The White Princess is an epic story of conspiracy, love, revenge, and the deadly feuds that ensue when Elizabeth of York loses both a lover and her family’s royal reign — forcing her to choose between allegiance to the crown and loyalty to her family.
When the King of York, Richard III, is murdered in battle at the hand of Henry Tudor, Henry claims the crown and demands Elizabeth wed him, knowing that it’s the only way to weaken the claims of other surviving members of the House of York. Elizabeth begrudgingly agrees.
As impostors claiming to be the last York heir begin to come forward, Elizabeth’s mother, the former White Queen Elizabeth of Woodville, concocts a plan for revenge. What only she knows is that her son Richard, in hiding since he was smuggled out of England during the usurpation of Richard III, is now a young man prepared to take his rightful place as king. Holding the interest of her clan close to her heart, Elizabeth Woodville supports an uprising against Henry, placing her daughter, now Queen to Henry’s King, between two loyalties.
When Henry learns of their plan, he imprisons his mother-in-law and orders Richard to live with them at court as the Queen’s brother, keeping him close while attempting to prove that he is merely another impostor. But when Richard attempts to escape from court, Henry locks him in the tower alongside a York supporter, and the two prisoners escape — only to be recaptured and sentenced to death. Elizabeth must respect her husband’s order and witness her brother’s execution, torn once again between family and crown…
Caught between loyalties, the mother of the Tudors must choose between the red rose and the white.
Philippa Gregory, #1 New York Times bestselling author and “the queen of royal fiction” (USA Today), presents the latest Cousins’ War novel, the remarkable story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen.
When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house — Elizabeth of York — to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.
But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III — and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.
Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.
About the Author
Philippa Gregory is the author of several internationally bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The White Queen, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in the north of England with her family and welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.