The White Princess

The White Princess

by Philippa Gregory
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VeronicaK89 More than 1 year ago
The White Princess by Philippa Gregory takes a rare look at Elizabeth of York. History says that Elizabeth fell for her uncle Richard III and only married Henry Tudor because he defeated Richard. As Gregory looks at Elizabeth of York, she reminds readers that Elizabeth was a real woman with feelings of love for a man other than the one she married. History also tells us that Henry VII was not the picture of compassion. Gregory doesn’t shy away from this assertion and instead uses it to show some hardships Elizabeth may have had to endure. Readers are offered a different look at how the relationship between Elizabeth and Henry began: with neither of them liking the other. In later years, Elizabeth and Henry grew to love or greatly care for each other, influencing how Henry VIII wanted his marriages to end up. However, Elizabeth must also come to terms with the fact that her long lost brother might be alive. If it is Richard, how can she choose between her brother and her husband? I’ve always enjoyed Gregory’s books, even those that stray from historical accuracy. She has a writing style that brings to life long gone characters and make readers care about them. I tore through this book in a matter of days and it’s no wonder why. I found myself empathizing with Elizabeth’s plight and grief over losing Richard.
RandyLRB More than 1 year ago
I have to begin this review honestly by saying that I am a huge fan of the history of the English monarchy, and I have been obsessed with the War of the Roses era for about a year. Edward IV, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne Neville, and most especially Richard III. I consider Philippa Gregory to be among the very best authors of this genre. This volume in the Lancaster/York/Tudor saga is about the marriage of Elizabeth of York, daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville, and her marriage to Henry VII (Henry Tudor, who won the throne by killing Richard III in battle). I really loved this chapter in this era of the monarchy. My only issue with it (and the reason for subtracting a star)is that the author portrays Elizabeth York as the lover of her uncle, Richard III. Though some histories suggest this to be the case, I think it uncharacteristic of Richard. I am also a proponent of the growing belief that Henry VII was responsible for the murders of the princes in the Tower rather than Richard. Despite my quibbles, this novelization of this period in history is marvelous.
LauraCB More than 1 year ago
Very hard to put down- Kept my interest the whole way through! The White Princess herself seemed to be a bit of an annoying character for me, but her Mother (The White Queen- Elizabeth Woodville) is a favorite of mine! Always sad when I finish because I have to wait for another book!
SallyPinkReviews More than 1 year ago
Gregory pulls back the pages of history to give us a raw, gritty look of the start of the Tudor reign with "The White Princess." Elizabeth of York has loved and lost and is now resigned to her fate, Queen of England. Henry VII has won a crown but lost in love. Can he build a dynasty to rule England without love?  The novel opens with Elizabeth mourning her uncle's death. Henry Tudor has taken the throne as Henry VII, yet he is weary of anyone and anything once belonging to York. Having lived a hard life, he's suspicious of all, and this is his challenge: can he overcome his faults and inspire love in the people around him? It just might prove an impossible task with his mother at his side.  The story belongs to Elizabeth, however, and not Henry. Here we see a young woman confident in herself, having been raised a princess. She assumes the mantle of queen with poise and grace, yet many plot to restore the beloved House of York to the throne. How Elizabeth manages the challenges in her life defines the type of woman she will be remembered for. Gregory's done her research and it shows, painting a vivid fictional backdrop against established historical events. It's said "history is written by the victors," and Gregory proposes that's what the first Tudors, Henry and Margaret, have done. Her writing is easy and not overburdened by trying to capture 1500's speech patterns. While Gregory does suggest that Elizabeth of York was in love with her uncle, and that Henry VII took her against her will, these are suggestions and not established fact.  The story slows in some places, and Henry's cries about the Yorks plotting against him, get old, but there's always a twist to keep it moving. "The White Princess" is full of suspense and heartbreak that will keep you turning the pages. 
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I gave this book three stars because I feel it was well written and found her additive opinions of the characters during that time intriguing and almost believable. However, already having some background knowlege of this time and having formed my own opinions, I do not agree with hers so that took away from the book for me. I found myself rolling my eyes at Henry's behavior and how it was so obvious the biased opion the author has towards the Tudor family. Spoiler Alert!!!! I do not believe King Henry treated Queen Elizabeth in the way the author portrays. Could he have been paranoid? Probably but to take it out on his wife. I think not. It is said Elizabeth was beautiful and Henry was taken by her beauty. I believe Dowager Queen Elizabeth retired from court after all she had been through. I think the Princes died in the tower and court life had made her life a living hell and she wanted to be away from it. She had closure knowing that at least her daughter would bear more heirs to the throne. I do not believe that she had anything to do with the rebellions or number of pretenders claiming to be the princes in the tower. I also do not believe King Henry had an affair with Lady Catherine. If this was the case, why didn't he marry her since she survived Queen Elizabeth. If he was so in love with her, why didn't he marry her? These were my opinions before I read the book making it difficult to accept the author's opinions and therefore accepting the book. I expected a love story because it is suspected that King Henry and Queen Elizabeth had a happy marriage. What I got was rape, hatred, parnoia, and ifidelity with a little like love in between. I absolutely hated the portrayal of their relationship. With that being said, if you were expecting a historical fiction with a love story worth reading over and over as I was, you will be very disappointed.
MaeganEm More than 1 year ago
I would Highly Recommend reading this book and all of Gregory's books in the Cousins' War Series! They are the kind of books that you cannot put down and leave you up until 4am reading "just two more pages."
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I am a big fan of all Philippa Gregory's work. When I saw The White Princess, I was so excited. This book does not live up to all the others that Philippa has knocked out of the park. This novel just skims the surface of what should otherwise be an amazing read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Book five in the cousins war. Gregory as a clear command of historical fiction and this book is as full of court intrigue as the first four. A must read for those that love this genre.
Kathlingram More than 1 year ago
Philippa Gregory's version of the day to day life of Elizabeth of York was stark and dramatic to say the very least. Henry VII is more obsessed than I could have imagined with the various Pretenders to the throne.Since he is essentially a Pretender himself, this is a bit puzzling. That he was not a good husband to the Princess Elizabeth was not something I had expected, although I don't know why. Gregory's belief is that a love had grown between Henry and his wife which his strange behavior eventually extinguished. I found that especially poignant and sad and I grieved for Elizabeth
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love this time in history and I really enjoyed this book.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
For gregory fans i liked this one better than some of the more recent books More like a historical mystery and fun to read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
What sad lives these powerful people lead. Philippa Gregory gives us a portrait of a king who seizes a crown, then lives the rest of his life in fear and insecurity; anda Queen who has to watch every word, and whose only joy is her children.
Penny41 More than 1 year ago
I have read all of Philippa Gregory's books about this time period, and was very excited about the opportunity to see another perspective of the Cousin's War. Unfortunately, I found the text repetitious and slow. I liked the book, but not as much as her other endeavors on this subject.
schnutzy More than 1 year ago
I just finished this book, and like the White and Red Queens it puts you in a front row seat, Very Believeable on a great deal, and what isn't so believeable you will overlook. A great Read!!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Love her books...this one is exceptional
a2744 More than 1 year ago
I greatly enjoy the English monarchy historical fiction genre and Gregory normally nails intrigue, passion, and treachery to a T.  However, I felt the book was rushed and I missed out on the connection I normally feel while reading her novels.  It was good, but I think it was underdeveloped from a plot point of view.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Great story Brings back pieces from the previous books in the series but also stands alone Loved the romance between the boy and Kathryn, and the many layers to relationship between Elizabeth and Henry Keeping the mystery of the dowager queen Elizabeth going was key
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love her books. You feel as if you are there in the story
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I saw a trailer for the show and thought it would be good to read the book before hand. Now I have mo desirr to watch thr show amd wish I could get the hours I spent reading this book back. I umderstand historical fictiom but this, for a person who studied the time period, was ridiculous. I found myself rolling my eyes from the first page with a relationship between Uncle and niece. Then there was witchcraft and rape and the weakest woman I had ever seen. Everything about this book was ridiculous and the ending, after all the incesant rambling and repetition, left off like the author just gave up. Not worth reading.
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