The White Queen

I love to read.  I have been reading pretty much since I have been able to talk.  And I am generally a real book with musty pages and hard covers (or paperback as well) kind of reader as opposed to using an e-reader.  If I could read blogs in paperback form, I would. 🙂

A friend recommended a series by Phillipa Gregory, starting with “The White Queen”.  I knew Gregory from The Other Boelyn Girl which became a movie some years ago.  While I didn’t read that particular series, I do love a good historical fiction.  So, I thought I would try it out with her more recent book series

The story is about the actual queen of England, Elizabeth Woodville, during the War of the Roses in the 1400s. The War of the Roses was a civil war between the Lancaster family and the York family over the crown.  Elizabeth’s first husband died on the Lancaster side and left her to raise their two sons.  So, she seeks out Edward IV, the York man who is claiming the throne, and ends up marrying him and eventually becoming queen.  Of course, that’s not the end of this story, only the beginning (you didn’t think I would give away the ending, did you?)

Gregory interweaves the true history with legend and magic.  Elizabeth’s mother was actually charged with witchcraft, which is a thread through Gregory’s entire book.  They are from the Burgundy family line which claims the water goddess, Melusina, as their direct ancestor.  Gregory uses that plus other legendary stories about Elizabeth throughout her book.  I like how Gregory extensively researches her stories so that they can be as close to truth as possible.  It’s both educational and entertaining.

The book, itself, is an easy read.  It gets a little intense at times, but never graphic.  As far as the amount of profanity, sex and violence, there is actually very little.  There is a lot of innuendo, but never outright graphic as I have seen in a lot of other adult novels.  If you like historical fiction or British folklore and history, this is definitely a book you will want to read.

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