Friday Morning Bookclub

August 7, 2013

2 Weeks and 2 Batteries Later…I Finished Listening To The White Queen By Philippa Gregory

whiteThe White Queen is the story of Elizabeth Woodville of the House of Lancaster. 27-year-old Elizabeth and her two young sons were back living with her parents after her husband Sir John Grey was killed in battle.  She had lost all her properties to her dead husband’s family and was determined to meet the Yorkist King Edward IV and ask for his help in reclaiming what once belonged to her. With her two sons in tow, Elizabeth waited by the side of the road for the king and his men to ride by. The 22-year-old  king could not help but notice the young girl. and this was the beginning of a beautiful yet tragic love story.

He is looking at me and I at him, and it is so quiet that I can hear a thrush in the branches of the oak above me. How he sings. My god, it sings like a ripple of glory, like joy made into sound.

King Henry and Elizabeth started their life together with a secret wedding ceremony. Even Elizabeth’s own father could know nothing of their marriage. Not only had the king married without the permission of Lord Warwick, he had married a commoner. There were many people who were not going to be happy with his choice of a wife. Eventually the world would know and he would take her to court, he assured her. When Elizabeth’s brother found out about the secret marriage he called her a whore. He was convinced that it was not real and that once again, this handsome king had taken advantage of a beautiful woman. and this time the woman was his own sister. Elizabeth loved the king and knew that he loved her also. One day he would come for her and eventually that day came.

Elizabeth became the Queen of England and with the help of her mother, she did whatever was necessary to secure her position as well as the position of her family members. She could trust no one, especially the kings own brothers. Brother against brother. Cousin against cousin.

Although The White Queen is based on historical facts, it has more fiction in it than Gregory’s previous books.  Because it dates further back in time than the others there were many gaps which she had to fill in and times when Gregory had to choose from different versions of the story. There are also several different theories as to what really happened to King Henry and Queen Elizabeth’s two sons, Prince Richard and Prince Edward.

The White Queen is the first book in the Cousins’ War Series. Although it is historical fiction, it reads like a mystery.  I had no idea what was going to happen next. I broke my own rule when I picked up this playaway at the library and I am glad that I did. I try to avoid audio books over 12 hours long, but when I saw this one I couldn’t resist.  I always enjoy Philippa Gregory’s books. In fact The Other Boleyn Girl is still one of my all time favorites. The narrator of The White Queen was wonderful and I loved listening to her beautiful voice. It seemed to fit Elizabeth perfectly. Although the book was a little long and dragged a bit at times, I enjoyed it and look forward to reading The White Princess to see what happens to The White Queen’s daughter.

I cannot tell you how excited I was when I saw that The White Queen was made into a television series and better yet… it starts in just 3 days! August 10th….. Mark your calendars!

Elizabeth Woodville, of the House of Lancaster, is widowed when her husband is killed in battle. Aided and abetted by the raw ambition and witchcraft skills of her mother Jacquetta, Elizabeth seduces and marries, in secret, reigning king Edward IV, of the family of the white rose, the House of York. As long as there are other claimants to Edward’s throne, the profound rivalries between the two families will never be laid to rest. Violent conflict, shocking betrayal and murder dominate Elizabeth’s life as Queen of England, passionate wife of Edward and devoted mother of their children. In The White Queen Philippa Gregory brilliantly evokes the life 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 survival of her family,

Read more at: http://www.philippagregory.com/books/the-white-queen
Source: Philippa Gregory

Elizabeth Woodville, of the House of Lancaster, is widowed when her husband is killed in battle. Aided and abetted by the raw ambition and witchcraft skills of her mother Jacquetta, Elizabeth seduces and marries, in secret, reigning king Edward IV, of the family of the white rose, the House of York. As long as there are other claimants to Edward’s throne, the profound rivalries between the two families will never be laid to rest. Violent conflict, shocking betrayal and murder dominate Elizabeth’s life as Queen of England, passionate wife of Edward and devoted mother of their children. In The White Queen Philippa Gregory brilliantly evokes the life 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 survival of her family,Read more at: http://www.philippagregory.com/books/the-white-queen
Source: Philippa Gregory

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5 Comments »

  1. It sounds fabulous. I unashamedly look forward to the series!

    Comment by Resa McConaghy — August 10, 2013 @ 4:47 pm | Reply

    • I still haven’t watched it but I did DVR it and plan to watch it sometime this week. Did you watch it?

      Comment by susanbright — August 12, 2013 @ 9:51 pm | Reply

  2. I also DVRed it. Great series by Gregory. Should be a good tv series.

    Comment by Connie — August 12, 2013 @ 9:56 pm | Reply

    • Really enjoying the tv series. Anyone else watching? what do you think?

      Comment by susanbright — August 26, 2013 @ 7:45 pm | Reply

  3. I’ve never actually read a Philippa Gregory book – I know! Gasp! – but I did pick up the DVD version of the tv series (now out in the UK) the other week. Can’t wait to start it! And the chap who played Jared in The Host is in it, yey! 🙂

    Comment by Book Blather — September 7, 2013 @ 1:02 pm | Reply


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