Sunday, June 16, 2013

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory REVIEW by The Parchment Society

The White Queen
(Book One in the Cousin's of War Series)

Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.

The book groups favorite part seemed to be the Queens personality. She had a backbone and spunk. She spoke her mind. She didn't jeopardize her family/family/title, sons or morals. They liked that in the beginning of the book when the King tried to force himself upon her she had the courage not to allow it to happen by grabbing his dagger and threatening to kill herself if he continued to press the issue. They loved the devotion and love she had for her two sons and her relationship with her brother. The group couldn't imagine being kept in confinement like she was or the secrecy she had to deal with. They were mad a hurt that her father and brother get killed and the sorrow her she felt for her mother after her father died. The Queens brother kept her grounded and they liked  that, especially after her mother died. Everyone liked the book a lot, we are going to read The Red Queen next.

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