The White Queen - Philippa Gregory

The White Queen

Author: Philippa Gregory

  • Publication Date: 2009-08-18
  • Category: Historical
4 Score: 4
(From 482 Ratings)


The inspiration for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life the extraordinary story of Elizabeth Woodville, a woman who rises from obscurity to become Queen of England, and changes the course of history forever.

Elizabeth Woodville is a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition. Her mother is Jacquetta, also known as the mystical lady of the rivers, and she is even more determined to bring power and wealth to the family line. While riding in the woods one day, Elizabeth captures the attentions of the newly crowned King Edward IV and, despite her common upbringing, marries him in secret.

When she is raised up to be his queen, the English court is outraged, but Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for her family’s dominance. Yet despite her best efforts, and even with the help of her mother’s powers, her two sons become pawns in a famous unsolved mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the lost princes in the Tower of London.

In this dazzling account of the deadly Wars of the Roses, brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize: the throne of England.


  • Beautifully Crafted!

    By Scoop881
    Philippa Gregory captures in Lady Elizabeth Woodvill an incredible woman who beautifully navigates and manipulates her luck and fortune within the confines placed upon her by England's social prejudices. She combines in her character ambition, motherly devotion, and poilitcal saviness. While the character and story perfectly follows the true history of the Wars of the Roses, Gregory skillfully escavates and marks the true historical tale and, within its bounds, crafts characters and plots with all the familiarity, tangibility, and unique personality of any story that is fully fictional. You will forget that the book is history, but you will leave the finished book with much-heightened understanding of the time and history that The White Queen takes place in.
  • The White Queen

    By Perky too
    Interesting history. The story is a little slow getting started, but it picks up and becomes intriguing soon. The fighting gets a little tiresome, but the family saga should keep the reader interested. The author, very thoughtfully, wrote a sequel.
  • The White Queen

    By Beccyk
    Was amazing, I could not put this book down.
  • Good read

    By Jelkybean
    Another great book. Gregory leaves me wanting to know more about Elizabeth W. love the details as always about England...always feel like I have journeyed there with her books. Great research
  • TangeliaT

    By Reading Renee
    I loved it!! Historical reads have been my fav since I was a teen!!! I totally got into it and purchased four of her books after reading...great read. Long live the queen!!!
  • Wonderful

    By Photoapt
    Typical Philippa Gregory book, great. She has a way of telling a story that keeps you coming back for more. Fact interwoven with fiction makes for a great read.
  • The White Queen

    By Cal Val
    Another Philippa Gregory triumph. Loving historical fiction as I do, this is yet another of her well researched-embroidered tales. I learned a lot about this period in history and anxiously await the next book in the series.
  • A good read!

    By amy32
    I enjoyed the book. I found the character of the White Queen complex and very human. She was a hopeful woman caught in a world controlled by men and luck. You see how she progresses from a soft innocent young woman to an older woman poisoned with mistrust caused by her husband's ambitious family. The author ends with an great interpretation of one of England's most interesting mysteries of what became of her family.
  • almost but not quite

    By omg-noob
    I started by reading the sample and was immediately drawn to the story line and knew i had to make the purchase. Halfway through the book I regretted the purchase and find myself cursing at the white queen. To me she starts off in a postive note but then she just becomes evil and unforgiving. Not very queen like! I wont spoil the ending but there was more to be desired of the story than how it ended. I dont know if there is another book that follows it but i felt that the story just cut off at end and not reveal what had happened. Quite disappointed and i feel that the author could've done better.
  • The White Queen

    By Starog
    I loved this book. It has been a while since I chose a book from the historical fiction space, and I made the right choice. I am ready to read the next book in this series. I hope the others are as great as this one-- I fully expect so, being that Ms Gregory brought us the wonderful Boleyn girls series. Fabulous!!