Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Book Review: The White Princess

Have I mentioned how much I love Philippa Gregory??

Seriously, I started devouring her historical fiction on the Tudor Court in England a few years ago, and I just can't get enough.  After finishing those books, I was glad that she had written books about the Cousins' War (aka The War of the Roses) that preceded (and led to) the Tudor's rise to power.


There are currently 5 books in The Cousins' War series:
1. The White Queen
2. The Red Queen
3. The Lady of the Rivers
4. The Kingmaker's Daughter
5. The White Princess

(According to Goodreads.com, there is a 6th book called The Last Rose due to release in August of this year.)

Over my Christmas break, I finally had time to read The White Princess, which I got for my birthday in September.

According to Goodreads.com:
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.

My rating: 5 of 5 stars

I love this edition in Philippa Gregory's Cousins' War series. Having read the previous books and the books based on the Tudors that follow, it really pieces the stories together. The uniting of the York and Lancaster families through the marriage of Elizabeth and Henry Tudor isn't as simple of a solution as they had hoped. Gregory does a wonderful job of weaving historical fact with fiction to speculate on what might have actually taken place at this tumultuous time in England!

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As always, I would highly recommend this book if you enjoy historical fiction, anything about England, or Philippa Gregory!


Sarah Alway said...

I haven't read a whole lot of historical fiction but I LOVE anything that comes into a series. :-)

Kristin said...

I never did finish watching the show this past summer. It was good, but I never got around to all of it. I think you'd like it.

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