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The White Queen

por Philippa Gregory

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Séries: Plantagenets and Tudors (2)

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In this account of the wars of the Plantagenets, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, Elizabeth Woodville, catches 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.… (mais)
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    DevourerOfBooks: Perhaps the best historical fiction on The War of the Roses.
    kraaivrouw: This is the one to read about the War of the Roses.
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    Sakerfalcon: Another novel focusing on Elizabeth Woodville.
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both lushly descriptive, compelling historical fiction series take place in Tudor-era England. Strong, well-developed female protagonists anchor these character-driven stories full of romantic drama, royal intrigue, and evocative period atmosphere.… (mais)
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  BooksInMirror | Feb 19, 2024 |
Potentially an interesting read as I've read a few history books about the period and Elizabeth Woodville and her family, but it's a book of two halves. Firstly she's a dewey eyed woman who finds she's met the love of her life when she petitions Edward IV for her dead husband's inheritance, but later on she's totally ruthless and ambitious in her machinations to hang onto the throne for her eldest son. Even her own daughter (the future mother of Henry VIII) finds her unpleasant.

In the copy I have, Gregory gives an interview at the back where she says the decision to make Elizabeth, her mother, and eldest daughter all real life witches who can actually make things occur with supernatural means, such as whistling up storms, was the most fun and exciting element of the story when she was writing it. However, these are real historical characters and I think she does the story a disservice by going down that route. Far better to explore the impact on them of being accused by others of witchcraft while being without it - if she wanted that fantasy element, she would've been far better off doing an out and out fantasy alternative history or something of the sort.

As far as story development goes it is rather uneven. Years are skipped over or covered in very short sections of a couple of pages. Also although she starts off having Elizabeth know of remote events only through letters etc, when it comes to major battles she then does an omniscient author view which is meant to be the 'witches' being able to experience these events remotely. I'm afraid it jars although the battle descriptions themselves are OK. It would have been far better to have adopted a different character viewpoint for such scenes.

One thing I did like is that she followed the line that Richard III was innocent - his enemies such as the Duke of Buckingham, who had the keys to the tower, killed the princes while he was out of London, without his knowledge. (I'm not treating this as a spoiler as it is well known historically that they died, and he was supposed to have arranged it.)

The style is quite pedestrian and I was getting bored long before the end, I'm afraid. This is very lightweight stuff and a shame if people approach the period through this rather than novels such as The Sunne in Splendour by Sharon Kay Penman. ( )
  kitsune_reader | Nov 23, 2023 |
Better than the last couple of books in the Tudor series but not my favorite. I have grand hopes for this series though, a good start. ( )
  MsTera | Oct 10, 2023 |
We have all had fights between family members but this is the one to top them all. The War of the Roses is the family blood bath that beats them all. Brother against brother, cousin against cousin. Philippa Gregory depicts the struggles and the turmoil beautifully as the country transitions into a world that is more cunning and deceitful than it has ever been before. No trust, no love and full of loss, these are truly troubling times. ( )
  Morgana1522 | Sep 27, 2023 |
We have all had fights between family members but this is the one to top them all. The War of the Roses is the family blood bath that beats them all. Brother against brother, cousin against cousin. Philippa Gregory depicts the struggles and the turmoil beautifully as the country transitions into a world that is more cunning and deceitful than it has ever been before. No trust, no love and full of loss, these are truly troubling times. ( )
  Morgana1522 | Sep 27, 2023 |
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[A] highly professional, highly enjoyable novel: stylistically plain, rhetorically straightforward, infinitely more interested in drawing readers into the life and immediacy of history than in pedantically mimicking period idioms.
 
Set in the last years of England's infamous Wars of the Roses (so called for the emblems of the competing claimants to the throne: a red rose for the adherents of the House of Lancaster, a white one for the House of York), "The White Queen" deals with the life of Elizabeth, a widowed commoner who married Edward of York (Edward IV) and became not only a queen but one more pawn in the spasmodic, bloody civil war for the English throne.
adicionada por KayCliff | editarWashington Post, Diana Gabaldon (Aug 25, 2009)
 
Gregory's exhaustive research, lush detail and deft storytelling are all in top form here, making The White Queen both mesmerizing and historically rich.
adicionada por Shortride | editarPeople, Joanna Powell (Aug 24, 2009)
 

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Richard on my other side kneels too and mutters, as if he cannot be heard, "Is this the king? Really? He is the tallest man I have ever seen in my life!"
"Know this: ... we put into your dark depths this curse, that whoever took our firstborn son from us, that you take his firstborn son from him.... take his murderer's son while he is yet a boy ... And then take his grandson too ... and this is payment for the loss of our son."
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In this account of the wars of the Plantagenets, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, Elizabeth Woodville, catches 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.

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