The White Queen is Philippa Gregory’s account of the life of Elizabeth Woodville, the British Queen married to King Edward IV. Numerous objections to their marriage (as well as the Lancaster claim to the English throne), made Edward’s reign tenuous. While Gregory admits there isn’t as much historical information available for these royals as for the later Tudor dynasty, the intrigue we know about made it a worthwhile subject. To this day, no one really knows what happened to Woodville’s two young princes who mysteriously disappeared from the Tower of London under their Uncle’s (King Richard III) protection. It is widely believed they were murdered.
Philippa Gregory enjoys widespread popularity as her books are entertaining and engaging. She freely admits that her works are fiction and she often receives criticism from Historical Fiction purists. For what it is, however, The White Queen is a good novel. It’s fun and interesting – even if it borders on chick-lit.
3 1/2 stars (out of 5)
Published in 2009
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