With Starz’s epic miniseries The White Queen it is a hot read for a book, which was published in 2009.
It is 15th century England and the ruling of power is like an episode of reality television “Big Brother,” which power changes from week to week. It’s a time when four-year-olds become betrothed to other royals, and when brother will turn against brother to rule the throne with the usual jousts, wars, treason and treachery and of course the beheadings without trials.
Elizabeth Woodville is 27 years old when this story starts in 1464 with two sons who her father is Sir Richard Woodville, Baron Rivers, an English nobleman, a landowner and a supporter of the true Kings of England, the Lancastrian line while her mother descends from the Dukes of Burgundy and carries the Melusina watery blood line. Her first husband was Sir John Grey. She marries King Edward in a secretive ceremony after a near rape. When Elizabeth becomes queen she is neither the forgetting nor the forgiving queen. She seems to possess witchcraft powers and has visions revealing of the future. It is Elizabeth who saves her youngest son Richard by using a page boy and sent him to his demise in order to put her son on the throne.
Gregory’s prose is romantic and seems like she is actually describing a woman’s romantic account when she falls in love with a man in the 15th century.
In Gregory’s The White Queen, Elizabeth Woodville was one of the most intriguing and thought provoking queens of England.
For more information about Philippa Gregory, please visit her website at www.philippagregory.com.
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