The White Queen (The Cousins’ War #1) by Philippa Gregory
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.
What you’re in for: A widow. A young king. Magic. Love. War. Power. Traitors. Side-switching.
Good author. I read The Other Boleyn Girl years ago and instantly became a fan of Philippa Gregory. She is a very good storyteller. She does a great job of turning pieces of history (in this case, partially unknown) into a captivating novel.
I found the story intriguing and I was interested in learning more. I am not a history buff by any means, so it’s interesting to learn parts of history while enjoying a novel that is part fiction at the same time. The author portrayed the characters well and was very intuitive as to what may or may not have actually happened. It very well could have gone down this way!
I am not a huge fan of historical fiction. I’m not sure why, as I do find it very interesting. But, I just don’t find myself as captivated by historical fiction novels as I do other genres. Having said that, I do plan on reading more from this author. She is worth it to me.