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The white princess
2013
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Characters
Elizabeth (Female), Married, Married Henry VII, the prince of the enemy house; mistress to the late Richard III who was also her uncle; torn between the new husband she is coming to love and a boy who claims to be her lost brother
Genre
Fiction
Historical
Biographical
Topics
Court life
Court intrigue
Conspiracies
Princesses
Power struggles
Royalty
Tudor England
Kings
Brothers and sisters
British history
Setting
England - Europe
Time Period
1485 -- 15th Century
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  Library Journal Review

In the 1480s, Henry Tudor wins his battle against Richard III for the English throne and claims Elizabeth of York (Richard's former lover) as a spoil of war. He marries her to unite the long-embattled houses of Tudor and York, hoping to solidify his political position. Henry is not a charismatic leader and lives in constant fear that he will be deposed. Elizabeth is caught between her ambitions for her son and loyalty to the House of York. VERDICT Gregory (The White Queen) paints a vivid picture of life at court, the political exigencies that take precedence over any personal goals, and the difficult position of high-born women of the time. Beautifully read by Bianca Amato. ["Meticulously drawn characters with a seamless blending of historical fact and fiction combine in a page-turning epic of a story. Tudor-fiction fans can never get enough, and they will snap this one up," read the starred review of the Touchstone: S. & S. hc, LJ 6/1/13.]-Joanna M. Burkhardt, Univ. of Rhode Island Libs., Providence (c) Copyright 2013. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

In Gregory's fifth entry in the Cousins' War series, marriage unites the upstart House of Tudor with its long-time enemies, the declining House of York, to rule over volatile 1485 England. As Gregory envisions her, narrator Elizabeth of York-sister to the princes imprisoned in the Tower, mother of Henry VIII, grandmother of Elizabeth I-still loves the vanquished Richard III when she dutifully marries his triumphant challenger, Henry VII. The royal pair produces an heir and two spares but mistrust continues to abound, particularly between the two mothers-in-law, who are seemingly determined to fight the Wars of the Roses down to the last petal. Elizabeth must navigate the treacherous waters of marriage, maternity, and mutiny in an age better at betrayal than childbirth. Gregory believably depicts this mostly forgotten queen, her moody husband, and the future Henry VIII, shown here as a charmingly temperamental child. Something about the Tudors brings out the best in Gregory's portraiture. At this novel's core lies a political marriage seen in all its complexity, including tender moments, tense negotiations, angry confrontations, and parental worries over predictions that the family line will end with a Virgin Queen. Agent: Esther Newberg, ICM. (July) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved.
Summary
Caught between loyalties, the mother of the Tudors must choose between the red rose and the white. <br> <br> Philippa Gregory, #1 New York Times best-selling author and "the queen of royal fiction" (USA Today), presents the latest Cousins' War novel, the remarkable story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen.<br> <br> When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house-Elizabeth of York-to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.<br> <br> But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III-and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.<br> <br> Henry's greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.
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