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The white queen
2009
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Fiction/Biography Profile
Characters
Elizabeth Woodville Grey (Female), Remarried, Mother, Queen, Secretly married 22-year-old King Edward IV so she could ascend to royalty; fought for the success of her family; her two sons were imprisoned by King Richard III; went into hiding in a sanctuary
Genre
Fiction
Historical
Biographical
Topics
Wars of the Roses
Brothers
Queens
Royalty
Princes
Power
Missing children
Tudor England
Richard II, King of England
Betrayal
Court life
Court intrigue
Setting
England - Europe
Time Period
1460s-1490s -- 15th century
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  Library Journal Review

This first title in Gregory's (www.-philippagregory.com) new "Cousins' War" series, set in the time of England's War of the Roses and centering on commoner-turned-queen Elizabeth Woodville, is full of intrigue, magic, and murder. Tony and Audie Award-winning South African actress Bianca Amado's modulated, aristocratic diction adds a sense of immediacy, though one wonders whether Woodville actually sounded anything like that! For fans of English medieval historical fiction and the works of Anne Easter Smith, Sharon Kay Penman, Jean Plaidy, and Alison Weir. Those preferring an unabridged recording should instead buy the Recorded Books edition, read by Susan Lyons and also available in multiple audio formats. [This edition includes a bonus MP3-CD of Gregory's The Virgin Lover; the Touchstone hc, published in August, was a New York Times and Publishers Weekly best seller.-Ed.]-David Faucheux, Louisiana Audio Information & Reading Svc., Lafayette (c) Copyright 2010. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

  Publishers Weekly Review

The queen of British historical fiction (The Other Boleyn Girl) kicks off a new series with the story of Elizabeth Woodville Grey, whose shifting alliances helped the War of the Roses take root. The marriage of 22-year-old Yorkist King Edward IV to 27-year-old widow Elizabeth brings a sea change in loyalties: Elizabeth's Lancastrian family becomes Edward's strongest supporters, while Edward's closest adviser, the ambitious earl of Warwick, joins with Edward's brother George to steal the English crown. History buffs from Shakespeare on have speculated about this fateful period, especially the end of Edward and Elizabeth's two sons, and Gregory invents plausible but provocative scenarios to explore those mysteries; she is especially poignant depicting Elizabeth in her later years, when her allegiance shifts toward Richard III (who may have killed her sons). Gregory earned her international reputation evoking sex, violence, love and betrayal among the Tudors; here she adds intimate relationships, political maneuvering and battlefield conflicts as well as some well-drawn supernatural elements. Gregory's newest may not be as fresh as earlier efforts, but she captures vividly the terrible inertia of war. (Aug.) (c) Copyright PWxyz, LLC. All rights reserved
Summary
The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen , #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life the extraordinary story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman who rises from obscurity to become Queen of England, and changes the course of history forever.<br> <br> Elizabeth Woodville is a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition. Her mother is Jacquetta, also known as the mystical lady of the rivers, and she is even more determined to bring power and wealth to the family line. While riding in the woods one day, Elizabeth captures the attentions of the newly crowned King Edward IV and, despite her common upbringing, marries him in secret.<br> <br> When she is raised up to be his queen, the English court is outraged, but Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for her family's dominance. Yet despite her best efforts, and even with the help of her mother's powers, her two sons become pawns in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London.<br> <br> In this dazzling account of the deadly Wars of the Roses, brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize: the throne of England.
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