- File Size: 13945 KB
- Print Length: 436 pages
- Publisher: Touchstone; Media Tie-In edition (August 12, 2009)
- Publication Date: August 18, 2009
- Sold by: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc
- Language: English
- ASIN: B002L6M27K
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #4,157 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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This is historical fiction, which gives the author license to fill in the gaps. And she does in some respects. There's a twist in the Princes in the Tower mystery, and some supernatural shenanigans, which fit nicely. But there didn't seem to be enough to fill in the every day gaps, and round out the characters. Yes, 7 kids seem to melt together, even in the real world. But we hardly got to know anyone other than the eldest daughter, Elizabeth. And there was too much redundancy in Elizabeth's thought processes. How many times must we hear her come to the same epiphanies in her own mind? And how many times do we need the same water imagery explained to us? There was also too much narrative chronicling of the battles, and not enough action to show us what happened.
I find the Wars of the Roses to be fascinating. I also think that Elizabeth was a colorful figure, all fiction aside. I just don't think Gregory did this part of the tale justice. I did enjoy reading the book somewhat. But it wasn't a middle of the night page turner.
The White Queen is the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the commoner and former Lancaster supporter, who married the newly crowned Edward IV from the house of York. They married in secret, for love, and kept it quiet for a time because marriages during that time among nobles were arranged for political alliances. Told mostly in the first person from Elizabeth's point of view, the book starts in 1463 when Elizabeth first meets Edward until 1485 when Edward's brother Richard III holds the throne.
The book was meticulously researched and contains an extensive bibliography (for anyone wanting to read the history.) By using the first person, Ms Gregory is filling in the thoughts of Elizabeth as well as the behind the scenes dealings in the king's court. These are not historically accurate, nor were they ever portrayed as such. One can only guess what went on behind the scenes as no historical documents exist to tell us, and with all the backstabbing going on I am not surprised that nothing was put in writing.
Another nice touch added by the author was the introduction of magic to the story. Elizabeth's mother claimed to be descended from Melusina, the water goddess who was half woman and half fish. Melusina's legend exists in many cultures and is probably most well known as that of a mermaid. This legend is woven into the events of the war of the roses masterfully, and Elizabeth and her mother are both accused of witchcraft at one point or another. Whether to believe or not is left up to the reader.
If you enjoyed Outlander, by Diana Gabaldon as I did, then I think you will also enjoy The White Queen. They are both similar in that they are first and foremost love stories. The main difference is that there is no time travel in this book. Instead, the reader is transported to the fifteenth century and sees life through the eyes of Elizabeth Woodville.
Great read. Could hardly put it down, even though I knew the general history of the War of the Roses, I was intrigued by the details and the relationships about which she writes. Loved this book and also the Red Queen and the White Princess.
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