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The White Princess (Cousins' War) [Hardcover]

Philippa Gregory
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27 Feb 2014 Cousins' War
The haunting story of the mother of the Tudors, Elizabeth of York, wife to Henry VII. Beautiful eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville - the White Queen - the young princess Elizabeth faces a conflict of loyalties between the red rose and the white. Forced into marriage with Henry VII, she must reconcile her slowly growing love for him with her loyalty to the House of York, and choose between her mother's rebellion and her husband's tyranny. Then she has to meet the Pretender, whose claim denies the House of Tudor itself.

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  • Hardcover: 560 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd (27 Feb 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0857207539
  • ISBN-13: 978-0857207531
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 3.8 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (613 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 616 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.

Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. www.PhilippaGregory.com


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About the Author

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds. Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. A former student of Sussex university, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire. She welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com

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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful
By R. A. Davison TOP 1000 REVIEWER
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The White Princess is the latest installment of the Cousins War Saga, picking up where The Kingsmaker's Daughter left off; Anne Neville and Richard the Third have died, and Henry Tudor has finally fulfilled his mothers desperate single minded determination to see him on the throne.

Margaret Beaufort the King's Mother, and Elizabeth the Dowager Queen have already made an alliance that would see Henry Tudor marry Elizabeth Of York thus cementing any doubts about his claim to power.

Here things get somewhat muddled I think, and a lot of people's characters get besmirched by the unfortunate authorial decisions Gregory makes. Firstly, young princess Elizabeth it seems would far rather be getting it on with her dead uncle than with her new young man. Allegations of incest between Richard III and Princess Elizabeth went unproved and seem entirely unlikely. They were probably largely invented by dramatists such as Shakespeare looking to paint Richard III in a poor light.

Next Henry Tudor turns rapist, determined to get Princess Elizabeth pregnant before marriage to prove she's not barren. Margaret Beaufort encourages this and Elizabeth Woodville complies and so the whole sorry affair reflects well on no-one. Elizabeth Woodville had 8 children and her mother before her had 12, it seems highly unlikely in those times that the fertility of the young princess would ever have been questioned, and also more than unlikely that the religious Margaret would have encouraged sex before marriage.

Following their poor start Henry and Elizabeth have a difficult relationship flying in the face of what is known of them historically. Unlike her mother, Elizabeth Of York is not a power player in her own right and does not really carve out a path of any interest for herself.
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4.0 out of 5 stars 3.5 Stars. Immerse Yourself in the Past 1 Aug 2013
By Susie B TOP 50 REVIEWER
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Hot on the heels of the television production of 'The White Queen', Philippa Gregory's 'The White Princess' is the fifth book in the Cousins' War series and this latest instalment tells the story of Elizabeth of York, the daughter of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen, and King Edward IV. Elizabeth, young and beautiful and still in love with Richard III (her uncle and, as claimed in this book, her lover) is forced into marriage with Henry VII, the man responsible for the death of Richard, who has taken his crown and who, in marrying Elizabeth, hopes to reinforce his hold on the throne. Elizabeth, as Henry's wife, now finds herself moving between two of the most ambitious and powerful women of their time: her mother, Elizabeth Woodville, with her uncanny powers, and Lady Margaret Beaufort, the mother of Henry VII. And Elizabeth is not just caught between these two women for, in her story, Philippa Gregory shows Elizabeth as a woman torn between loyalty to her husband and the children she bears him, and the hopes that her two brothers (the Princes in the Tower) might have survived and could return to take Henry's crown. There is a huge amount more covered in this novel (which took me some hours to read on my Kindle) including the arrival of the future King Henry VIII, but I shall leave that for prospective readers to discover.

Elizabeth of York may not be quite as intriguing as her mother, Elizabeth Woodville, but there is much to entertain in this atmospheric story: rebellions, plots, treacheries, betrayals, pretenders to the throne and more.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Another interesting novel from Philippa Gregory 29 Sep 2013
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I enjoy reading Philippa Gregory's novels and this one was no exception. As far as I can tell, they are well researched but, of course, some of the episodes in Elizabeth's life have to be left to the author's imagination. Having read recently "The Kingmaker's Daughter", I was a little surprised that this novel didn't cover Elizabeth's entire life but stopped short at the point where Henry V11 had disposed of the two remaining Yorkist rivals. I did feel that there was over-emphasis in the novel on this aspect of his reign. It did bring home to me though how insecure was Henry's hold on power for much of his reign and I felt a lot of sympathy for Elizabeth as a pawn in this political game.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Dull, tedious, boring! 8 May 2014
By HdeC
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What a disappointment! Having read all the other books in the "Cousins War" series I was really looking forward to this. I've struggled on to page 327 but have finally reached breaking point. The endless repetition, the tedious story line where 20 words are used when half a dozen would have sufficed. Whole chapters written to describe Henry's fears/anxieties/suspicions, and then we go through it all again in the next chapter. It goes on and on. It's so boring! As to the historical content - Elizabeth's supposed affair with Richard III, her rape by Henry - not convinced. I won't be reading the next installment.
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3.0 out of 5 stars The antidote to Tudor propaganda? 9 Sep 2013
By John M VINE VOICE
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As most will be well aware this is the fifth book in the Cousins War (War of the Roses) series.
We move on in time from the previous books to the reign of Henry VII after his victory over Richard III at Bosworth, which I anticipated keenly because three of the previous four in the series cover similar time periods. This book in written from the perspective of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville (The White Queen).
The book covers the period from 1485 to 1499, although Henry reigned for another 10 years after this. It takes in the rebellions of the aristocracy still faithful to the House of York, and the pretenders Lambert Simnel and Perkin Warbeck. The treatment of the Perkin Warbeck episode is intriguing because the author pretty much regards him as Richard, Duke of York and therefore a real legitimate claimant to the throne rather than an impersonator.
Although the material is fresh and interesting in places, I have several problems with the book.
Firstly, it is extremely repetitive and could easily have been 150-200 pages shorter without losing much of substance. The portrayal of Henry VII is unflattering in the extreme. He is portayed as a paranoid, cowardly and vindictive hypocrite, heavily dependent upon his mother (Margaret Beaufort) and his uncle, Jasper Tudor. His marriage to Elizabeth is portray as forced, temptestuous and largely loveless. The characterisation of both Henry and Elizabeth seems rather flat and one dimensional.
Of course, I understand that history is written by the victor, and hence the received historical record has been airbrushed by Henry and his Tudor descendents, but Philippa Gregory certainly sets about redressing the balance here to much too great an extent, in my view.
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1.0 out of 5 stars sadly I very disappointed by this book
I was really looking forward to reading this, a key figure in the Tudor dynasty, about whom I knew very little, sadly I very disappointed by this book. Read more
Published 11 hours ago by Mrs Lamb
5.0 out of 5 stars I have enjoyed the historical novels of the Plantagenet period where...
I have enjoyed the historical novels of the Plantagenet period where the different characters are explored as they might have been. Read more
Published 1 day ago by vanna
5.0 out of 5 stars enjoy history
Very enjoyable. Love Philippa's books!
Published 1 day ago by mrs m mcnally
3.0 out of 5 stars Royal read
Real good read was trying to save it for my holidays but just couldn't resist.
Published 6 days ago by jeniwren
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Readable but would be better visually like the White Queen
Published 6 days ago by MERLE SIMPSON
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
A pleasantly light read for anyone interested in the history of the period.
Published 6 days ago by ChaCha
4.0 out of 5 stars I enjoyed this book but think it is far from realistic ...
I enjoyed this book but think it is far from realistic in many areas. Not as convincing or gripping as the other books in the series, but still a good read and beautifully written.
Published 8 days ago by alison pape
5.0 out of 5 stars Another brilliant novel from Philippa Gregory
Loved it loved it loved it. Couldn't put it down.
Published 8 days ago by Mrs. K. Mansfield
5.0 out of 5 stars Philippa
Couldn't put it down-much to my families displeasure. Thank you for all this pleasure of reading. I have many more written by this author. Read more
Published 8 days ago by Mari McNeill
4.0 out of 5 stars keeps you grip[ped and to think its n=based on truth - amazing
Well written, keeps you grip[ped and to think its n=based on truth - amazing
Published 9 days ago by Toby
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