The White QueenBook - 2009
- Cousins' war - 1.
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"...though men go to war it is women who suffer--perhaps more than anyone."-excerpt from The White Queen
"...it is easier to take a country to war than to bring it at peace, and a country at war is a bitter place to live, a risky place to have daughters, and a dangerous place to hope for a son."-excerpt from The White Queen
" When the enemy is before you, cast an eye behind you to see what your true and loyal friends are doing at the rear."-Elizabeth Woodville, The White Queen
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Elizabeth Woodville, a young Lancastrian widow known for her outstanding beauty, catches the eye of the newly crowned Plantagenet king, Edward IV. After their secret wedding, Elizabeth must fight for respect and power in a court that doesn't trust her. She is especially hated by the Earl of Warwick, Edward's chief advisor. When Warwick goes to war against the king in favor of Edward's brother George, Edward flees the country while Elizabeth and her children hide in sanctuary. Edward is victorious, but the court intrigue and rebellions continue, even though Elizabeth's position is fairly secure until Edward unexpectedly falls ill and dies. His youngest brother Richard seizes control of the throne through Elizabeth's young sons, until they mysteriously disappear and Richard claims the throne for himself. Elizabeth must use all the wisdom, influence, and perhaps even some witchcraft she's acquired through the years if she is to protect her family's legacy and regain the throne for her children.
The White Queen was the first book Philippa Gregory wrote about the primary female characters during the War of the Roses. She is not releasing the books in chronological order of the story line (she didn't do it with the Tudor novels, either). However, with the Tudor novels, they are great when read in the order she wrote. I expect this series will be the same.
The White Queen follows Elizabeth Woodville from just before she meets Edward to until after he dies. It introduces you to all the major players in the war in a way that makes it easy to follow. The whole series is a bit heavy on first person self-talk, but she is a nice character to follow.
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