Title: The White Queen
Author: Philippa Gregory
Series: The Cousins War
Date Started: July 16
Date Finished: July 17
Format: Hardcover from local library
To be completely honest, when I was putting together my reading list two years ago, I did an author search on Goodreads for Philippa Gregory. I was in love with The Other Boleyn Girl and it had been a few years since I read it and I decided to read it again, only this time the whole series. While I was looking up those books, I also found the Cousins War series and I added it to my list without even reading the summary. Now, two years later, I picked this book up and read the summary and was kind of skeptical to read it. An England before the Tudors? I’m not sure if that was going to be fun to read. Oh, how wrong I was…
England is at war between the House of Lancaster and the House of York. Elizabeth Grey’s family sided with the House of Lancaster and have lost with King Edward of York taking the throne. Knowing she has to put her family prejudices aside if she wishes to get the king to give her lands based on her widowship, she goes out onto the road to wait for him. When he stops, he is immediately entranced and he promises to come back to her. She knows to resist him, because she doesn’t want to bring shame on her family, and in the process she makes a fool out of him. This time he promises to never see her again, but he can’t stay away. Eventually, neither can deny their attraction to the other and they wed. Elizabeth becomes queen of England and all hell breaks loose.
So, The White Queen was basically what I remembered The Other Boleyn Girl being; a sexy and fun roller coaster ride of the rise and fall of one woman who commands the heart of the King of England. This book had everything. Political intrigue. Battles for the throne. Backstabbing. Love. Speaking of love, can you tell that I loved this book to pieces? My one and only complaint is what was with that ending? Elizabeth loses one of her sons to Richard the usurper, but saves the other, and when she’s finally out of sanctuary she brings her other son out of hiding? Considering everything was about to go wrong for her daughter in Richard’s court, was that really the smartest thing to do?
Final Rating: 5 out of 5 stars. A very entertaining read that did not get boring at some parts like historical fiction tends to do. I loved Gregory’s connection to her Tudor series with the curse that Elizabeth and her daughter put on the person responsible for killing Edward. That explains why Henry VIII couldn’t have any sons!
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