The White Princess by Philippa Gregory
(Cousins' War)

79%

22 Critic Reviews

Something about the Tudors brings out the best in Gregory’s portraiture.
-Publishers Weekly

Synopsis

From “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory comes this instant New York Times bestseller that tells the story of the remarkable Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, and mother to the House of Tudor.

When Henry Tudor picks up the crown of England from the mud of Bosworth field, he knows he must marry the princess of the enemy house—Elizabeth of York—to unify a country divided by war for nearly two decades.

But his bride is still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III—and her mother and half of England dream of a missing heir, sent into the unknown by the White Queen. While the new monarchy can win power, it cannot win hearts in an England that plots for the triumphant return of the House of York.

Henry’s greatest fear is that somewhere a prince is waiting to invade and reclaim the throne. When a young man who would be king leads his army and invades England, Elizabeth has to choose between the new husband she is coming to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother: the rose of York come home at last.
 

About Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.
 
Published July 23, 2013 by Touchstone. 545 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction, Romance. Fiction
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Critic reviews for The White Princess
All: 22 | Positive: 20 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Good
on May 06 2013

Something about the Tudors brings out the best in Gregory’s portraiture.

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Kirkus

Good
on May 30 2013

As usual, Gregory delivers a spellbinding (and definitely York-biased) exposé.

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Examiner

Above average
on Jul 23 2013

Henry could never rest...Needless to say, this became the obsession within this book. And, frankly, there was just way too much of this (the whole middle part of the book!).

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Book Reporter

Good
Reviewed by Amy Gwiazdowski on Jul 26 2013

If you’re a fan of her Cousins’ War series, I’m sure you’ll enjoy this one. Drama starts on page one and doesn’t stop until the last page.

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RT Book Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Kathe Robin on Aug 23 2013

Gregory makes everything come to life; the reality is so strong that readers are sure to take sides and argue their beliefs when the story is done. This is why Gregory is a queen of the genre.

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The Independent

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Reviewed by James Kidd on Aug 03 2013

Gregory may be making the whole thing up, but so too was Henry VII. And The White Princess is a lot more fun than he was.

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The Telegraph

Good
Reviewed by Helen Brown on Aug 01 2013

Philippa Gregory has made an impressive career out of breathing passionate, independent life into the historical noblewomen...with The White Princess, she makes a psychologically involving page-turner of the reign that Shakespeare skipped.

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Huffington Post

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Reviewed by Jackie K Cooper on Aug 05 2013

For entertainment reading that is also educational, THE WHITE PRINCESS should be your next book to read. You may not think you would like this type of fiction but THE WHITE PRINCESS could surprise you.

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Express

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Fremantle on Aug 04 2013

Gregory is the master of scratching the surface of history to reveal the hidden stories beneath and The White Princess demonstrates this with aplomb.

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We Love This Book

Good
Reviewed by Penny Batchelor on Jan 08 2013

The ending clearly leaves the story open for book six in the series yet, as usual, Gregory romps through English history with enticing gusto.

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Scoop

Good
Reviewed by Judith Nathan on Aug 13 2013

This enjoyable read is one volume of Gregory’s series “The Cousins’ War” which focuses on the turbulent relations between the Yorkists and Lancastrians that led to the Wars of the Roses in 15th-century England. Given Gregory’s descriptive powers and colourful narrative, it’s easy to see why the BBC has made a television series based on these books.

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Yahoo! Voices

Good
Reviewed by Sheri Newton on Aug 02 2013

Historical fact and fiction is weaved together to make this story...extremely interesting and real page turners. You can really see the passion and love of this time period when reading her novels, and that to me is a huge bonus to her works of art.

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Luxury Reading

Good
Reviewed by Krista Castner on Aug 01 2013

I appreciated the accurate depiction of the historical era, and the interesting theory about what might have happened to the York princes. Gregory skillfully illustrated how the threat posed by this mystery would have formed the outlook and actions of the first generation of the Tudor dynasty.

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Curled Up

Good
Reviewed by Luan Gaines on Aug 23 2013

Gregory's images are striking. Beaufort haunts the halls of the royal residence, intruding on every conversation, grasping every opportunity to assert herself as the most important woman in the court.

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The Lit B***h

Good
on Jul 28 2013

I absolutely loved Gregory’s storytelling! She is truly the master of Tudor era lit! I can see why everyone calls her the Queen of Tudor Historic Fiction! This novel was my first ever Gregory novel.

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Inside of a Dog

Excellent
Reviewed by Kathy Martin on Jul 25 2013

The writing was exquisite and the story was compelling. I couldn't stop reading. Fans of historical fiction are right to have made Philippa Gregory's books so popular. This won't be the last that I read.

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A Bookish Affair

Good
on Jul 23 2013

There's a lot of good twists and turns in this book and I don't want to give anything away so I'm limited in what I can say next but I really liked Gregory's treatment of what might have happened to Elizabeth's brothers. It was fascinating!

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Bookin' with Bingo

Good
on Aug 06 2013

As Gregory has expertly combined history and dramatic fiction together, and added a good bit of political affairs and conspiracy, THE WHITE PRINCESS is sure to be a hit with her fans and those of well written historical fiction.

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Ageless Pages Reviews

Good
Reviewed by Jessie on Jul 23 2013

Fans of this author will find more to enjoy with her latest effort, and it stands as a rather solid entry in her bibliography. With a Starz tv show centered around this series, I only expect it to find a wider audience in the future, and have faith that the author can keep up at the same level.

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The Australian Bookshelf

Good
Reviewed by Lauren Murphy on Jul 05 2013

The plot is full of twists and turns as Gregory skilfully weaves the facts of history into a captivating story with characters that possess just as many weaknesses as they do strengths. This is the first adult historical fiction novel I’ve read of Philippa Gregory’s and now that I’ve got a taste I’d definitely like to explore more...

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The Broke and the Bookish

Above average
Reviewed by Kelly A. on Aug 09 2013

...I don't like how she pushes many of her speculations as historical fact and her tendencies to make things over-dramatic simply for the sake of a good book rather than historical accuracy...

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The History Lady

Above average
Reviewed by Geri on Jul 30 2013

Elizabeth of York is often portrayed as a quiet, motherly figure who lived harmoniously with Henry VII. Gregory gives us another, deeper and richly satisfying portrayal of a young woman at the epicenter of upheaval in English history whose marital life was anything but comfortable.

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