- Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
- Format: Hardback | 400 pages
- Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 34mm | 640g
- Publication date: 18 August 2009
- Publication City/Country: London
- ISBN 10: 1847374557
- ISBN 13: 9781847374554
- Sales rank: 48,934
The first in a stunning new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen The White Queen tells the story of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the success of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower whose fate remains unknown to this day. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores the most famous unsolved mystery, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.
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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
By Alina 26 Aug 2010
Philippa Gregory is the queen of creating fascinating and engaging characters...and the White Queen is no exception. As usual, fiction meets non-fiction in an intricately woven world that is consistently unstable, unsafe and unsure. You will be drawn into this novel and its characters. Another Gregory masterpiece!
By paul batty 17 Jan 2010
The White Queen by Philippa Gregory is a story about the royal houses of Lancaster and York. In particular it is a tale of Elizabeth Woodville an ordinary woman with extra-ordinary ambitions, who becomes queen of England in 1465. Married in secret, she captures the King`s heart and forms a new royal family.
This is a historical novel that contains more fiction and less fact than previous books by the author, due to a scarcity of historical records. But don`t let that deter you from reading this gripping tale. You will find yourself falling in love with Elizabeth and her Yorkist family who must fight against bitter rivals in order to hold the kingdom together.
Philippa Gregory tells the story with ease and grace - fit for a queen.