The White Princess

Gregory, Philippa

eBook - 2013
Average Rating: 3.5 stars out of 5.
The White Princess
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.

ISBN: 1451626150


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Nov 23, 2014

this book is the best

Sep 03, 2014
  • Schoolgurl95 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

I love Philippa Gregory's books, especially her Tudor books. As always, full of nonstop plotting, suspense, insight and passion. I found myself loving this protagonist a lot! Henry was also interesting to read, his paranoia and inner thoughts were accurate, I think, for what it must've been like during his early years as King.

Aug 04, 2014
  • Kdmullerspy rated this: 5 stars out of 5.


Jun 17, 2014

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"The War of the Roses" saga continues to Richar the Third and Henry VII tudor great.

Apr 21, 2014
  • BlueHippo rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

After reading the other books in this series, I also enjoyed this one. It was a great perspective from a point of view not usually considered. It also gave me a more keen interest in the mother of Henry VII, as well as the boy who claimed to be the Richard from the Tower.
My only problems with this book are the same as the ones I have had with her other books: (1) The map in the front has no key and (2) I do not think the genealogy tree in the front of the book is complete enough. Adding dates of death and filling out some of the generation follow the one that is the subject of the book would better help to put these people in context. Similarly, she does not include any information, either in the ending to the story or by way of an afterward, as to the subsequent fate and history of these people. I had to go to Wikipedia to discover that the son named Edmund, died in June, 1500, at a little over 1 year old. Elizabeth died in 1503, following the birth of another child, named Katherine, who died the day before her mother at age 8 days old. Henry lived until April of 1509 and his mother lived until June of 1509. Just in case anyone else is curious. Of course, Arthur was married to Catherine of Aragon as a child but then died in 1502, leaving the throne and Catherine to be inherited by Henry (VIII). And most people know the story from there.

Jan 23, 2014
  • brandyandstuart rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Excellent read! The best of Philippa to date!

Jan 02, 2014
  • emerald2pac rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

My favorite book out of the series. Made me hate the red queen even more ( she wasn"t ever really a queen btw just the king's mother. ) Elizabeth of York had such a harrowing life and her husband the king. I found him to be quite a mama's boy, on top of a wimp. This book makes me want to dive into the Tudor series next. I can't wait to read more about Elizabeth of York and her children, maybe some about King Henry but not much.

Nov 20, 2013
  • Cynthia_N rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

I really enjoyed this book. I carried it around for days so that I could read whenever I had a few moments. I do agree with prior comments that the main character seemed weak but I thought it fit the story.

Oct 14, 2013
  • hbfuller rated this: 0.5 stars out of 5.

I was disappointed especially having just finished The Kingmaker's Daughter. Elizabeth is portrayed in what seems to be a 21st Century mindset trapped in the 15th Century. The ignorance of her own stature shows Elizabeth to be weak and whiny. This is highly unusual for a female protagonist in a Philippa Gregory book.

Oct 03, 2013
  • ehbooklover rated this: 3.5 stars out of 5.

Overall, this was a very readable fictionalized account of life in early Tudor court and of Henry VII’s exhausting attempts to hold onto the crown. I just had a couple of beefs with this book: at times it was poorly edited (typos!) and I found that the character of Elizabeth of York was a spineless doormat throughout most of the book.

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  • Schoolgurl95 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Sep 03, 2014
  • Schoolgurl95 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

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Sep 03, 2014
  • Schoolgurl95 rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

"Over his bent head I look at the stained-glass windows of his room, dark against the night sky, and the Tudor rose, white with a red core, that his mother has inset into every window of his room. Tonight it does not look to me as if the white rose and the red are blooming together as one, tonight it looks as if the white rose of York has been stabbed in its pure white heart and is bleeding scarlet red. Tonight, I know that I do indeed have much to forgive."


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