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I wanted to give this book a higher rating as I love the way that Gregory tells a story She certainly knows how to keep you turning the pages even though you already know what happens next Unfortunately, I just can t agree with her interpretation of the facts in this book According to Gregory, Henry Tudor the man who finally brought peace to England and ended the Wars of the Roses is a bad guy Gregory doesn t seem to like Henry VII one little bit because well he s just not a sexy guy Not nearly as sexy as Edward IV and all the members of his charming house Henry Tudor decisively defeats the house of York in every battle he fought with them and he was able to outsmart them during the few periods of peace by issuing heavy fines and bonds that made them a little hesitant to continue plotting against him All his goals were achieved and he was obviously an excellent politician and administrator who prevailed over all of his many enemies.Gregory contends that young Elizabeth of York was madly in love with her Uncle Richard Yes, the same man that declared all of Edward of York s children bastards and that Edward wasn t legally married to Eizabeth Woodville as he had already married another woman There was no evidence that Edward had married another woman before Woodville either but that didn t stop Richard III He then makes his own mother confess in public that Edward IV was illegitimate and that she had an affair with an archer while her husband was overseas fighting the war with France Then there s that pesky fact that the princes in the tower disappeared long before Henry Tudor invaded England and won the battle of Bosworth Further, the recent discovery of Richard s remains under a car park does indicate his spine was deformed and that he might have been hunchbacked after all All in all this doesn t sound like the kind of guy beautiful, young Elizabeth of York would have been madly in love with at all Oh wait, there s that copy of a supposedly real letter that Elizabeth of York wrote to Duke of Norfolk professing her love for Richard and that she wants to marry him Hmmm, not sure that s really enough proof of their love Gregory gives a lot of credence to vicious court gossip during Richard III reign about an affair with young Elizabeth as well I don t agree with Gregory s interpretation of the evidence so far at all.Now Gregory contends that after Henry wins the battle of Bosworth and is betrothed to the beautiful princess he then brutally rapes her This just leaves me completely amazed I imagine when Elizabeth was introduced to Henry his eyes probably bugged out of his head at the first sight of her and couldn t believe the sudden change in his so far unlucky life There was no gossip or evidence that Henry liked to rape women during his lifetime so I m not quite ready to label him as a rapist yet.When Elizabeth Woodville s plot to dethrone Henry VII and put her young son who has miraculously appeared on the throne is discovered, her daughter is very sympathetic to her plight What I think Elizabeth would be pretty upset if her mother is trying to possibly harm her children and deprive them of their royal inheritance I m sure she probably hoped her brother Richard was still alive and had managed to escape from the tower but wouldn t she be even concerned about her own children and afraid of what might happen to them if her husband was dethroned She probably enjoyed being Queen of England and wasn t quite ready to give that up no matter had much she loved her younger brother I remember reading a while ago that during the reign of Charles II repair work was being done in the Tower of London and the remains of 2 young children were discovered buried under the stairs All evidence seemed to indicate that they were the York princes who had disappeared long before Gregory s theory is that Woodville was able to sneak her younger son out of the country to his Aunt Margaret, the Duchess of Burgundy, and a fake prince was given to Richard III to lock in the tower I have to wonder if Richard or somebody else would have noticed that he didn t look like young Duke Richard at all Gregory believes that Perkin Warbeck was actually the real Duke Richard who had successfully escaped It s certainly something to think about.My biggest point of contention in this book is the portrayal of the devout Catholic Margaret Beaufort Obviously Gregory doesn t like Margaret either and thinks she was behind the disappearance of the princes in the tower and might have even been the one that had them killed I m sure a lot of people are irritated with Margaret s rather extreme religious life and her constant praying for her son s success and I can understand that But there are people a lot worse than Margaret during that time who would have had no compunction in murdering 2 children.Once again, where is the evidence that Margaret Beaufort was a bloodthirsty murderess Margaret Beaufort seemed to be a highly respected woman when alive with no gossip of her murdering people to get her way The last person I would suspect of murder would be a devout Christian such as Margaret Beaufort.I found the author s extreme opinions negatively affected my enjoyment of this book.Will I read the next book in this series Yes, the author is a great storyteller and always enjoyable to read, I just don t agree with her interpretation of the facts presented in this book. The White Princess is the fifth book in Philippa Gregory s Cousins War series, each book focusing on a different female lead this book being the POV of Elizabeth, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville whose story was told in The White Queen , and wife to Henry VII The book begins after the battle at Bosworth field, and as interpreted by Ms Gregory has young Elizabeth pining over her lost lover, Richard her uncle view spoiler he lost the battle and died before they could be married and have a son called Arthur hide spoiler Elizabeth of York is completely destitute Her mother is in hiding and her brothers are all dead her beloved uncle was slain at Bosworth, and only she is left to face her enemies And they want to marry her they wish to use her Plantagenet blood to solidify their less than weak claim to the throne of England She has no choice but to agree if she wants to live and become a queen, her decision will unify the houses of York and Lancaster, of Tudor and Plantagenet A Queenship for PeaceSometimes we win sometimes we lose The main thing is that we always, we always go onHenry Tudor and Elizabeth The Tudor rose is symbolic of this union, the white rose married the red, peace and prosperity enters England under the ruling of a new King, Henry VII But for Elizabeth she enters a cold marriage bed and a loveless relationship She is a mere commodity, simply used to produce children to guaranty the legacy of the new dynasty She can t even see her own mother, and to all appearances she must be seen as loyal to her husband She must become one of them, and overcome her internal reluctance She has to move on, away from the days of dancing at court with her Uncle her beloved King Richard III.Her marriage to Henry may be a dull affair, but at least it is a secure one He could never divorce her or send her way because her presence in the only thing that gives him any sense of legitimacy She only has but to raise her voice in support of Perkin Warbeck, the so called lost son of Edward IV and one of the princes in the tower who supposedly escaped, and the Yorkist faction would have a cause once It s a hard decision to make, loyalty to her brother or loyalty to the dynasty she has been forced to produce Whatever happens, she and Henry s children are still her children I think this is a solid addition to the series I dismissed the character as rather inconsequential in previous books despite knowing her actual history She is not one I though the author would take the time to write on and pack her story out, giving her depth and personality She was an important figure, and it s only logical she is given her own book to tell it in Her story is one of uncomfortableness she is constantly being scrutinised for any sense of disloyalty by the King and his mother It must have been suffocating Overall though, looking back to when I read it in 2014, this was a solid novel with solid characterisation, but it didn t do anyhting particularly special. 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( PDF ) ⚆ The White Princess ⚔ Caught Between Loyalties, The Mother Of The Tudors Must Choose Between The Red Rose And The WhiteWhen 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 DecadesBut 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 YorkHenry 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
I must admit I couldn t finish this one I gave up at the 57% mark Still, I feel it s worth reviewing and explaining why I couldn t get any further.So what went wrong Was The White Princess filled with absolutely awful writing Well, no It wasn t dire, by any means It was a far better read than The Other Queen or The Virgin s Lover the real slumps in Philippa Gregory s set of Tudor themed novels Was it a case of terrible characterisations, la The Other Boleyn Girl Again, no, although to be honest both the writing and the characterisations in The White Princess were rather wobbly.The simple fact of the matter is that The White Princess is dull, dull, dull, and that s why I didn t finish it Had I been of a mind to, I could have persisted with this to the end But I found myself contemplating it as it sat on my bedside table and thinking that I m just not motivated in any way, shape, or form to continue reading this At 57% in over 300 pages I still didn t care or connect to any of the characters within, the plot was flimsy and totally lacking substance, the attempts to create tension were thin, artificial, and failures, and I frankly have no interest whatsoever in finding out where the story would go or where Gregory would take the characters.The same scenario plays out over and over again, characters have exactly the same conversations, recycled ad nauseam Elizabeth of York I m so sad my Uncle Richard died We were true lovers forever Never mind that he possibly killed my brothers and definitely seized my brother s throne, or that people were seriously unhappy about the possibility of our incestuous union Now I have to marry that miserly Henry Tudor He has no clue how to be a real king Noob Henry I will never be safe on the throne Nobody loves me They re plotting to put ANOTHER York boy on the throne and you know something about it I ll never trust you Elizabeth of York Who s they Henry It s your mother Don t pretend you don t know what I m talking about Elizabeth of York Mother, do you know what s going on Elizabeth Woodville What, innocent old me Do you really want to open that can of worms Elizabeth of York Alright I m going to conveniently forget that I helped you get my younger brother Prince Richard out of the country all those years ago in The White Queen Henry, my husband, I know nothing, and also, I m pregnant Henry Really I love you, mother of my child Margaret Beaufort Now get in that confinement chamber so I can appropriate all your power.Seriously, Henry keeps telling Elizabeth about some York boy, she goes to ask her mother about it, her mother is all evasive, she sticks her head in the sand, Henry goes off to do some silly old battling but we re not interested in that, he comes back, Elizabeth gets pregnant a few times, Henry and Elizabeth discuss yet another rumour of some York boy Round and round and round it goes, where it stops, nobody knows The repetition of certain phrases isn t as bad in some of Gregory s previous books anyone remember Elizabeth I tearing her cuticles, or Mary Queen of Scots being three times a queen , or Margaret Beaufort s anachronistic obsession with Joan of Arc but plot wise these scenes keep repeating and the infernal constant discussion of York boys was tedious in the extreme.Somehow, even though a lot has happened historically by the point at which I stopped in the book, it felt like hardly anything had happened in the story By this stage Elizabeth has given birth to Arthur, Margaret, Henry, and Elizabeth, Elizabeth Woodville has died, Henry VII has successfully defeated Lambert Simnel, and Perkin Warbeck s rebellion is just gearing up You d think that all that would mean quite a lot of exciting events had happened so far, but you d be wrong The births are barely described, and proceed along at the drop of a hat with Elizabeth Woodville there to remind Elizabeth of York that she has water magic and birthing a 9lb baby is as easy as the soothing flow of a river Henry s decisive battle against Lambert Simnel occurs offscreen and summarised by a messenger, who is sure to add that it s a good thing Henry won because none of his troops really cared that much if he lost Woop de doo, that really gets me excited about rooting for these protagonists There is Henry and Elizabeth s bickering over whether or not she knows something about a secret York boy, and whether or not her mother is involved, but this is neither exciting nor tense, and ultimately feels false and manufactured.There is one exciting event, but Philippa Gregory invents it out of thin air, possibly in a desperate attempt to inject some juicy scandal into these dull proceedings Henry rapes Elizabeth before they get married, claiming that if he has to be forced into marrying her then he s darn well going to make sure his potential bride isn t barren This is hilarious in the extreme, in the most absurd way Firstly, there are multiple examples of Medieval queens who were married for several years before going on to have a slew of children Adeliza of Louvain, Empress Matilda, Eleanor of Aquitaine Philippa Gregory s Henry says that if Elizabeth of York doesn t get pregnant and is barren, he ll marry her sister Cecily instead So, what would this character have done if he d married Cecily, married the barren Elizabeth off to some minor Tudor loyalist, and she had a veritable host of children The whole premise behind this threat, and the reason for the rape is preposterous and absurd Historically the match was a political and dynastic one Barren or not, Elizabeth was too well recognised as her father s eldest child and heiress to be thrown over, there was simply too much at stake in the long running Wars of the Roses not to seize the chance to unite the houses and secure the throne Secondly, Catherine of Aragon comes swiftly to mind what if Elizabeth had become pregnant as Henry in the book wishes, but infant mortality and miscarriage leave him without an heir The flawed reasoning of Gregory s Henry is as flimsy as a house of cards approach this question with even the most basic of logical questions and it all falls apart.The notions that Elizabeth Woodville must have been involved in the rebellions against Henry VII because she spent the end of her life at Bermondsey Abbey, and that Elizabeth of York was in love with her uncle, Richard III, are absolute howlers with not a shred of evidence to support them Elizabeth of York acts with shock when discovering that her husband broke sanctuary after a battle she s conveniently forgetting when her own father, Edward IV broke sanctuary after the Battle of Tewkesbury Philippa Gregory tends to do that a lot, I ve noticed her characters conveniently forget historical facts that are contrary to her portrayals And her stories are always laced with far too much hindsight Elizabeth of York, after the birth of her daughter, also named Elizabeth, declares that an Elizabeth Tudor will be the greatest monarch England has ever seen Whilst this particular Elizabeth Tudor died young, we of course know that an Elizabeth Tudor did become a great monarch But that s the problem People in history had no way of knowing what the future held To have characters in a historical novel make such uncanny predictions about the future just doesn t ring true, not to mention it sucks all the tension out of the story if the characters know what s coming next This isn t subtle foreshadowing it s glaringly obvious hindsight, and very distracting.The characters are all just shallow shells with no depth or humanity to them Henry is paranoid and miserly, Margaret Beaufort is smug and mean, Elizabeth Woodville is evasive and patronising, and Elizabeth of York is utterly apathetic The story is repetitive, recycled, and dull, and history is once again dumbed down to the level who is superficially friends with whom, with key events taking place offstage and relayed in lacklustre summary.No, it wasn t downright awful, but I just have so much better books I could be reading right now Avoid.2 out of 10 I ve had mixed luck with Philippa Gregory, pretty much half and half It s either amazing or at least very interesting well told The Wideacre trilogy, The Constant Princess or it s been so so to downright dull and or frustrating in a bad way A Respectable Trade, The Changeling, and THIS ONE It s this off and on experience that put her back on my to read list after a rocky start with Trade and keeps her there She can tell a great story and create unforgettable charactersWideacre Wideacre Wideacre, but this treatment of Elizabeth of York definitely isn t one of them.First off, I don t think there is much to be gained by the first person POV, let alone making it present tense I haven t read the other books in her War of the Roses series, but none of the narrators were ever in the actual thick of things at least, the interesting things I don t see how the general tone of all the books could possibly vary These are royal aristocratic women who were kept in the domestic sphere and who worry about the menfolk children and hear about the political gamesmanship and battlefield action secondhand They indulge in intrigues or converse amongst their own female peers, but the plots and interactions aren t earth shattering One book would read like the others, I m assuming, and thus the rest of the series is very low priority in the TBR.So, making a very passive person the narrator is a huge problem, as is the present tense, which makes historical fiction read like someone reporting on events in a shallow, list checking way It really wasn t dynamic whatsoever Little excitement Rufus conveys my impatience admirably whilst being far hawt than IElizabeth s narrow sphere made such a chunkster very repetitious Much of the book is about Henry VII s constant fear of pretenders, and I couldn t believe how the phrase a this that the boy was used over and over in lieu of names The boy was made into a fearsome spectre for poor, paranoid, illegitimate, throne seizing Henry a fine enough device but MODERATION, PLEASE A very rough word count shows some form of this boy context used about 400 times, give or take a couple dozen OoGregory has always had some form of repetition in her style, dating back to Wideacre. I think she uses it effectively in some novels, and wields it with lazy carelessness in others, such as this one The whole book felt lazy, as if she had a historical timeline and a general sense of what she wanted to write, but her mind was almost wholly on something else Despite being in Elizabeth s head for over 500 pages, I didn t get a sense of her being either 1 interesting, or 2 all that intelligent.A lot of the conversations simply didn t flow naturally because of infodumps or other characters laying out their psyches on a platter to Elizabeth for the reader s consumption and convenience Henry told Elizabeth a lot of things that I simply couldn t imagine him being amenable to revealing.I know that her decision to have Elizabeth and her uncle Richard be a Twu Wuv for All Time has pissed off some readers One might think Gregory did that as a deliberate troll of her haters, in which case.lollerskates That incesty angle didn t bug me, but the one note insipidity of it took all the shine off that golden WTF nugget Even though I am a very low key R3 fangirl, even I was tempted to slap him for being such a goody goody vapid twit in Elizabeth s memories Why have it if you re not going to really do anything with it It was there as an obstacle of resentment between her and Henry, but only in a superficial, unexplored way There s only so much our love was perfect starry eyed high school notebook scribbling I can take.Gregory s not averse to making things up out of whole cloth and I respect her for owning it and being the creator of said fictions instead of taking cover under far fetched auspices, such as psychics or whatever Elizabeth Chadwick uses in lieu of imagination Gregory s not allergic to flagrant dramatic license, which suits my reading tastes to a T I know the difference between Fact and Fiction TYVM and don t need to have my fiction adhere to the historical record 100% in order to enjoy it But her ability to take her juicy red meat ideas and parlay that into a meal I can sink my teeth into has had mixed results Missed opportunities, which was my general reaction to much of the book So much potential, all wasted Or executed half heartedly.The one character I did enjoy was Elizabeth Woodville I particularly liked the scene where her daughter goes up the river on her coronation barge and she, confined to a nunnery, unfurls a York banner Mama Elizabeth s defiant, giddy delight was vivid and infectious But moments like that were very few and far between.Oh well, at least there s a costume porny TV series to come out of this string of books, which I will Netflix as soon as it appears I m sure it ll be trashyfunness UPDATE 10 11 13 Which I manged to watch already online and OMG most addictive costume porn crack I ve seen in a long time Mad Maggie Beaufort was, like, THE BEST THING EVER I can see this book being liked by those unfamiliar or new to the era or by those acquainted with the period who are tolerant of Gregory s flaws raises hand , and read with much relish by those in possession of Philippa Gregory rage boners who need to occasionally rub one out If it persists for than four books, please see your librarian As for the next Gregory book I read, it ll be one from earlier in her backlist I ve had luck way back there. Outshined by the Battle of Bosworth, Henry VII, and the beginning of the Tudor dynasty and her son own, the future King Henry VIII Elizabeth of York has a seemingly quiet voice in history Philippa Gregory attempts to strengthen her cry in The White Princes , the final book in the Cousins War series.I am not a fan of Gregory s claims of historical accuracy and I compare her novels to the same realm as Carolly Erikson s historical entertainments Therefore, I don t expect much historically and go into her novels expecting merely a fun and fluffy read However, even I didn t expect what met me with The White Princess The novel begins with a slow and bland pace, extremely inaccurate fluff, and ample doses of witchcraft which is a prominent theme in the series All this by only page 25 Continuing with extreme fiction Elizabeth raped by Henry encouraged by his mother Gregory tries much too hard to be racy and controversial Granted, The White Princess is a fictional novel so Gregory has the right to impose such plots however, these could have been spread out versus throwing it at the reader all at once which decreases believability and just appears pathetic This attempt at excitement doesn t mesh well with the characters that are poorly developed and flat The pace in The White Princess is inconsistent as some sections are dull and drag while others are somewhat entertaining Gregory s writing style is also elementary, lacking any literary tact and feels much too modern This also inhibits the above mentioned believability and reduces the urge to care about what happens Gregory implores her first person narrative preference which in turn induces the As you know Bob method to explain historical back stories Plus, as common in the other books in the series, each character constantly refers to other by title this isn t how natural conversations flow which is much too dummied down and geared for the mass audiences Not to mention, Elizabeth persistently calling Richard III my lover is not only speculation but annoying, as well The White Princess is certainly pro Ricardian and presents Henry VII as a terrible husband Although I give credit to Gregory for going outside the box and offering alternate views this is also forced and much too over the top The White Princess is fiction than history and is basically YA fiction, at that As the The White Princess progresses, it does become tolerable with Gregory creating an area of tension surrounding Henry and pretender to the throne Sadly, The White Princess takes another lagging turn halfway through with focus on events but not actually partaking in them, resulting in a slow and boring story Elizabeth s characterization is much too underdeveloped and is shown basically as a stupid girl while Henry is a vile tyrant Gregory is also guilty of confusing comments such as saying Elizabeth Woodville s abbey home is beautiful but then a prison and then lovely and she is well served Make up your mind, Gregory Not much occurs until about three quarters through as the novel is very repetitive and repeats the same events and actions in new way Nothing is truly felt Although, there is a showdown between Margaret Beaufort and Elizabeth which is not only climatic but also causes the reader to re think Margaret s personality and actions and encourages further research thinking.The conclusion of The White Princess is weak and focuses mostly on a Gregory created curse that Elizabeth and her mother fictitiously cast which results in Gregory s eyes in the real life ending of the Tudor dynasty with Elizabeth I It is guaranteed that general readers will believe such fluff The entire novel is empty and is dragged out with a lack of real events Much of the text is repetition and could be omitted Further, The White Princess is misleading as it barely focuses on Elizabeth and she is a weak character, overall At least the novel does encourage further reading regarding the Tudor throne pretenders and the Princes in the Tower Gregory s Author s Note is only about a page in length and barely acknowledges her massive number of historical liberties and historical errors Again, this contributes to uneducated readers taking her word as fact As mentioned, I agree that Gregory has the freedom to write fiction but she writes alternate histories and it should be marketed as such.Although the entire Cousins War series is rather poor The White Princes has terrible writing, repetition, undeveloped characters, a lack of believability, too many historical errors, and the list goes on Basically it stinks worse that the chamber pots dumped into the London streets of Tudor England Note If each reader received a nickel for every time Elizabeth says I don t know or My cousin, Maggie in the novel we would all be rich. Where I got the book my local library.I ve been asked, than once, why I read Philippa Gregory if her books annoy me I may have expressed that opinion once or twice One of the reasons is that many interesting conversations happen about Gregory s books, notably among readers who like to nitpick dispute the accuracy of her historical claims, and it s a shame to get left out Like it or not, the Plantagenet and Tudor eras are a major locus of interest for HF readers I actually prefer the 19th century and rather wish a PG of this era would arise for me to pick holes in mercilessly enjoy and what with the movies and TV series and whatnot, you get kind of sucked in The White Princess is chronologically situated at the very end of the Cousins War aka the War of the Roses, being the story or part thereof of Elizabeth of York, whose marriage to Henry Tudor aka Henry VII was intended to legitimize Henry s claim to the throne and put an end to all that nasty infighting between the Yorks and the Lancasters Of course a marriage alone could never be sufficient to end the dispute only the TOTAL ANNIHILATION of all York claimants would really make Henry Who safe on the throne, and thereupon hangs a tale For those who need a recap, Henry grabbed the crown by ensuring that Richard III got chopped up at the Battle of Bosworth in 1485, married Elizabeth who had, according to PG, been Richard s mistress, and spent the early part of his reign fathering children to ensure the Tudor succession, raising money by means of nasty taxes, and fighting off people who claimed to be one of the princes who conveniently disappeared from the Tower of London before Bosworth He succeeded, founding the Tudor dynasty and providing the basis of an entire industry for novelists PG s version differs a bit from my vague notions about Good King Henry Who Brought Peace and Saved Up Lots of Money So That Henry VIII Could Spend It On Wine, Women and Song But Mostly Women In The White Princess, Henry and his mother Margaret Beaufort are miserly, paranoid johnnies come lately who basically have no class at all, in contrast to Elizabeth who knows EXACTLY how to nod and smile to the crowd because a she s a York and they were rock stars and b because her parents loved her so she s not insecure, nyah nyah nyah To digress, I have only watched two and a bit fell asleep episodes of the TV series The White Queen so far but the nutty, anorexic religious maniac portrayal of Margaret Beaufort cracks me up I swear I actually saw her gibber, hiss and raise her hands in vampire claws at one point PG is clearly on the side of the white rose And yes I give this book three stars Well, 2.5 really, but I round up Because No magic, yippee yippee yippee I have for so long deplored the way PG s heroines are all witchy and stuff that I must give a star to the almost total absence of magic in this book It never added anything to the story Without magic the story lines are much sharper and the historical context clearer.Some interesting hints of themes that got my attention, such as how Elizabeth must have felt when her husband was fighting possibly her brother to secure his throne for her son And the portrayal of Henry s lack of belief in himself and how Mad Margaret s habit of reminding him, evidently every day since babyhood, that he was born to be king was the only thing keeping him going In fact Henry almost became an interesting and complex character on occasions Exceptseriously their first meeting view spoiler OK, now sit on this, woman Fifty Shades of Tudor Green, anyone hide spoiler It does not matter that in my heart I am passionate and independent My true self will be hidden and history will never speak of me except as the daughter of one king, the wife of another, and the mother of a third.I absolutely loved this book I have now read seventeen books by this author, and The White Princess is definitely in my top five Philippa introduced me to the Tudor s court and the Cousins war, which in turn led me to books by Alison Weir and Hillary Mantel I am suprised to see that many other reviewers did not like this book I realize that Philippa heavily fictionalizes history, but for me that s what makes it accessible and interesting to novices like me Many reviewers also complain that Elizabeth of York was a weak character, but to me it made sense that she was such a dignified queen She was raised to be one, and knew exactly what it entailed She never had to fight her way to the throne I am so intrigued by the mystery of the princes in the tower, and will be reading The Princes in the Tower and The Daughter of Time as these provide opposing views as to who was responsible for killing these two boys Lastly, I enjoyed reading about Henry VIII as a baby and a child, I only wished that the book continued through his teenage years.I highly recommend this, and the rest of the series, to anyone who enjoys easy reading historical fiction.Can anyone please recommend books about the French Revolution written in a similar style The Story The haunting story of the mother of the Tudors,Elizabeth of York 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.