The White Princess

The White Princess

Large Print - 2014
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Passionately in love with Richard III in spite of her arranged marriage to pretender to the throne Henry Tudor, Princess Elizabeth of York is forced to marry the man who murdered her lover and create a royal family under the controlling gaze of his mother, Margaret Beaufort.
Publisher: Farmington Hills, Mich. : Gale Cengage Learning, 2014, c2013.
Edition: Large print ed. --
ISBN: 9781594137273
1594137277
Characteristics: 765 p. : map. --

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ehbooklover Oct 03, 2013

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 spinele... Read More »


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H20344758
Nov 23, 2014

this book is the best

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 03, 2014

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.

Kdmullerspy Aug 04, 2014

Beautiful...Hypnotic!!!!!

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ADULT_SUMMER
Jun 17, 2014

Patron Review

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

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BlueHippo
Apr 21, 2014

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.

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brandyandstuart
Jan 23, 2014

Excellent read! The best of Philippa to date!

emerald2pac Jan 02, 2014

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.

Cynthia_N Nov 20, 2013

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.

hbfuller Oct 14, 2013

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.

ehbooklover Oct 03, 2013

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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Sep 03, 2014

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Aug 02, 2013

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Schoolgurl95
Jun 23, 2015

"It is a humbling experience, but I don't feel humbled. I feel as if I understand something that I did not know before. I feel that now I have learned that love does not follow merit; I did not love Henry because he impressed me as a conqueror of England, as a victor of battle. I loved him because I first came to understand him, and then I pitied him, and then my love just flowered for him. And now that he does not love me, it makes no difference as to how I feel. I love him still for I see him being, as he often is, mistaken, ill-judging, fearful, and this does not make me jealous, but on the contrary, it makes me tender towards him."

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Schoolgurl95
Sep 03, 2014

"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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Sep 03, 2014

Sexual Content: Mentions of sex.

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