Friday, May 14, 2010

Book Review: The White Queen

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

Disclosure: No one paid me in any way, form or fashion to do this review.

It is no secret that I love historical fiction in general and Philippa Gregory and the English monarchy in particular. The Other Boleyn Girl was the first of her novels I read, and I've since given it to many family members and friends to read because I loved it so much. So when I heard Gregory wrote a novel telling one side of the War of Roses and subsequently would be following it up with the other side, I was immediately excited.

While I really enjoyed this book especially learning more about the War of Roses, which was something I knew very little about before, I didn't love it. Elizabeth, the York queen married to Edward, was so ambitious that I had trouble connecting with her as a character. This novel compared to Gregory's others I've read had considerably less sex in it and focused more on the magic and conjuring that was rumored to have been Elizabeth's gift and how she hoodwinked the king into marrying her when his advisors would rather he married a foreign princess.

If you like historical fiction and aren't very knowledgeable about the time period, you'll probably enjoy this book.

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