NOW READING: THE WHITE QUEEN (THE COUSINS’ WAR SERIES)

Thursday, February 19, 2015

The first in a stunning new series, The Cousins’ War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of the Wars of the Roses. Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings this extraordinary family drama to vivid life through its women — beginning with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.



Elizabeth Woodville, of the House of Lancaster, is widowed when her husband is killed in battle. Aided and abetted by the raw ambition and witchcraft skills of her mother Jacquetta, Elizabeth seduces and marries, in secret, reigning king Edward IV, of the family of the white rose, the House of York. As long as there are other claimants to Edward’s throne, the profound rivalries between the two families will never be laid to rest. Violent conflict, shocking betrayal and murder dominate Elizabeth’s life as Queen of England, passionate wife of Edward and devoted mother of their children.

In The White Queen Philippa Gregory brilliantly evokes the life of a common woman who ascends to royalty by virtue of her beauty, a woman who rises to the demands of her position and fights tenaciously for the survival of her family, a woman whose two sons become the central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower whose fate remains unknown to this day.

From her uniquely qualified perspective, she explores this most famous unsolved mystery, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.


Philippa Gregory

Publishers Weekly wrote of the novel, “Gregory earned her international reputation evoking sex, violence, love and betrayal among the Tudors; here she adds intimate relationships, political maneuvering and battlefield conflicts as well as some well-drawn supernatural elements.” The review adds that the author “is especially poignant depicting Elizabeth in her later years” and that “she captures vividly the terrible inertia of war,” but notes that the novel “may not be as fresh as earlier efforts.” Maureen Waller of The Telegraph called the novel “entrancing” and its heroine “intriguing,” adding that “Gregory is very good at describing the bitchiness of the women in this tale of dynastic rivalry.”

The White Queen has been released in audiobook form in both abridged (performed by Bianca Amato) and unabridged (narrated by Susan Lyons) versions. AudioFile magazine wrote of the novel, “Gregory has become wildly popular in the U.S. It’s easy to see why in her latest heady mix of history, romance, and political intrigue as she teases apart the tangled skeins of the War of the Roses.” The magazine praised both recordings, calling Amato’s performance “powerful and compellingly believable” and Lyon’s voice “regal” and “self-possessed.”

To know more about Philippa Gregory, go to http://www.philippagregory.com.

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