Having fascinated and titillated readers with her enormously popular titles depicting the treachery of King Henry VIII and the rest of the Tudors, Philippa Gregory begins a new series which depicts another of the most tumultuous periods of English history--The Wars of the Roses. The title of this opening volume refers to Elizabeth Woodville Grey, whose legendary beauty and allure captured the heart of King Edward IV, such that he secretly married her in 1464 against the wishes of his family, and in particular his cousin Richard, the devious earl of Warwick, who had once been instrumental in helping Edward defeat the Lancastrians and ascend to the throne. Displeased with the match, Richard forged an alliance with Edward's brother, George, and attacked the king, who was now supported by Elizabeth's Lancastrian family, his previous enemies. In the midst of the years of fighting, Edward and Elizabeth's two sons vanished, and the mystery of their fate has never been solved. Gregory captures all the intrigue, deceit and ambition of the era with impeccable detail and delectable wit, and her theory on the disappearance of the two princes is certain to have historians re-opening the investigation.
Philippa Gregory, "the queen of royal fiction" (USA Today) Presents the first of a new series set amid the deadly feuds of England known as the Wars of the Roses.
Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.
With The White Queen, Philippa Gregory brings the artistry and intellect of a master writer and storyteller to a new era in history and begins what is sure to be another bestselling classic series from this beloved author.
Compact Disk Includes a Bonus MP3 CD of Philippa Gregory's The Virgin's Lover
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres, Fiction + Literature Themes
Sub-Genre: Historical Fiction, Love + Relationships + Sex, War + Military, Settings, Romance, Politics, Literary Genres + Types of Novels
Author: Philippa Gregory
Street Date: April 6, 2010
Item Number (DPCI): 059-04-1095