Review: The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

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The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

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Publish Date: January 1st 2008

Publisher: Touchstone

Genre: Historical, Romance, Adult, Fiction

Source: Library 😛

My Rating: 5.0/5.0

Book Description:

Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.

The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.


I’d seen this book rattling around in my library, but didn’t really want to pick it up. I thought it was one of those non-fiction books that everyone ignores. But then I saw the BBC trailer for it and I saw how truly amazing it looked (I mean…Max Irons, c’mon guys, c’mon.) and I decided to order it from my library!

The very dynamics of how a kingdom works is explored in The White Queen. It’s an amazing book, as it combines fact with just the right amount of fiction to keep it from being a history lesson.

Gregory herself said that The White Queen was one of the books where she added more fiction than fact. It works perfectly.

I was completely captivated by the Royal Court that Gregory wrote of, the clothes, the food, the scheming and plotting to keep oneself on the throne and in favour of the king.

This is the first book that I have read by Philippa Gregory and I would glad read more! In fact, I’ve just reserved The Red Queen from my library! Looking forward to reading it!

About Author:


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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acclaimed author.

Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks.


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