Synopses & Reviews
From Philippa Gregory, the #1 New York Times
bestselling author behind the Starz original series, The White Queen
— the latest book in the Cousins’ War series tells the passionate tale of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen.
The White Princess is the gripping story of Elizabeth of York, a princess from birth, who is caught between loyalties in fifteenth-century England. The novel opens as news of the battle of Bosworth spreads, determining not only which royal house has triumphed, Tudor or York, but also which of two suitors she will have to marry: her lover Richard III, or his rival, Henry Tudor.
So it happens that Henry VII snatches the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth Field, locking his marriage with Elizabeth forever. Now, she must marry not only her enemy, but her lover’s murderer and the pretender to the throne. She is forced to create a new royal family with him and his ambitious mother: Margaret Beaufort, the Red Queen. But while the new monarchy can win, it cannot hold power in an England that remembers the House of York with love.
The new king’s greatest fear is that somewhere, outside England, a prince from the House of York is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth must decide whether to recognize him as her brother and a claimant to the throne, or deny him in favor of the husband she is coming to love…
"This rich tapestry brings to vivid life the court of Henry and Elizabeth. Meticulously drawn characters with a seamless blending of historical fact and fiction combine in a page-turning epic of a story. Tudor-fiction fans can never get enough, and they will snap this one up."
Library Journal (starred review)
"The White Princess features one of the more intriguing theories about the possible fate of the princes."
The Washington Post
"As usual, Gregory delivers a spellbinding...exposé."
"Elizabeth must navigate the treacherous waters of marriage, maternity, and mutiny in an age better at betrayal than childbirth....At this novel's core lies a political marriage seen in all its complexity."
"Replete with intrigue and heartrending drama."
From “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY
) Philippa Gregory comes this instant New York Times
bestseller that tells the story of the remarkable Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, and mother to the House of Tudor.
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 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.