The White Queen
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Harry covers everything in it – from romance and awkward encounters, to feeling like he was the ‘spare’ and his relationship with his brother after their mother Diana died.
Gerard O'Donovan of The Daily Telegraph praised the casting of the supporting characters and the exciting "lust and vengeance" fuelling the drama, but objected to the prettified portrayal of 15th century England.Margaret Beaufort tries to increase her power by re-marrying to one of King Edward's closest advisers, Thomas Stanley. Without a son and heir, he uses his daughters Anne and Isabel as pawns in his political games, and they grow up to be influential players in their own right.
Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings this extraordinary family drama to vivid life through its women – beginning with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
Julia Quinn’s Regency era novel follows the gossip around Daphne Bridgerton and Simon Basset, Duke of Hastings. In The White Queen Philippa Gregory brilliantly evokes the life of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the survival of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower, whose fate remains unknown to this day. The White Queen is a stunningly rich tale of love and loss, seduction and deception, betrayal and murder, vibrantly woven through the stories of three different, yet equally driven, women in their quest for power as they manipulate behind the scenes of history – Elizabeth Woodville, Margaret Beaufort and Anne Neville.
The 2013 BBC One television series The White Queen is a 10-part adaptation of Gregory's novels The White Queen, The Red Queen (2010) and The Kingmaker's Daughter (2012), and features Rebecca Ferguson as Elizabeth Woodville.
Until I read The White Queen, I had not been a fan of historical fiction, having read only ones that seem to put me to sleep. Dr Louise Case has the right career, the right country cottage and a commitment-free relationship with a fellow academic.