She did have some authority and influence which she could have used to at least do some scheming or plotting behind the scenes like her mother-in-law so famously did -- anything -- would have been an improvement on what she essentially was, which was a baby-making machine. One of the reasons is that many interesting conversations happen about Gregory's books, notably among readers who like to nitpick dispute the accuracy of her historical claims, and it's a shame to get left out. Of Love and Life: What I will not enable with any positive comments is not warning the reader in advance that the author's plan is to do so. Instead, Gregory insists o I am not even sure where to start with this trainwreck of a novel.
Forced into marriage with Henry VII, she must reconcile her slowly growing love for him with her loyalty to the House of York, and choose between her mother's rebellion and her husband's tyranny.
View all 8 comments. Feb 14, Heather rated it it was amazing Shelves: Not gonna lie, I love Philippa Gregory's books. She was introduced in the White Queen and I believe one other of the novels. What I found interesting is the "curse" she and her mother put upon whomever killed the lost princes of the Tower of London.
The story was done well: This book explores that in a most interesting manner. I'm only disappointed that I'm finished. I absolutely LOVE these books!! View all 7 comments. I am not even sure where to start with this trainwreck of a novel. I almost didn't even read it after being disappointed with the first three in this series. I had passed on 4, but couldn't resist the story of Elizabeth of York.
Little did I know that this book is really the story of her brother, Richard Duke of York, told from her insipid first person point of view.
If one is going to write the story of Perkin Warbeck or Richard of York, why not just write that story? Instead, Gregory insists o I am not even sure where to start with this trainwreck of a novel.
Instead, Gregory insists on forcing his story as Elizabeth's, and the result is painful. A majority of this novel focuses on the Warbeck rebellion and the author can't even decide what to call him. This leaves the reader inundated with references to "the boy", incessantly, until it will seep into your nightmares. Just call him Richard or Perkin for heaven's sake! Besides the fact that this "boy" is well beyond what is considered an age of majority and the age that his alleged father was king and battle seasoned warrior.
I almost stopped reading, but forced myself to persevere for dear Elizabeth's sake until she met her end. The author chooses not to end the story with Elizabeth's death but with view spoiler [ the death of Warbeck and Warwick. Even those aren't covered in their entirety, as Edmund de la Pole is barely mentioned. I am astounded at the number of high ratings this book has received when there is just so much to not like about it.
I had hoped for better, had longed for somebody to do poor Elizabeth some justice. No characterization of her that I have read has honored this woman who bridged the gap between the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties. Near the beginning of this book, Elizabeth thinks, "I am, like England itself, part of the spoils of war. It got my hopes up that the rest of the novel would be as beautifully written, that Gregory would surprise me. But she's a writer, right?
Exercise that vocabulary a little! If only that was the only example of repetitious, eye-roll inducing, make-me-want-to-throw-this-book-out-the-window vocabulary. Seriously, I have no idea why this is told from her point of view because the girl never knows anything.
To emphasize the fact that she is as slow as her cousin, Edward, she frequently repeats what people tell her in the form of a question, creating some of the least compelling dialog that I have ever read. Dialog is repeated, thoughts are repeated, everything is repeated. The novel could be pages shorter if the author wasn't so condescending to the reader. Within the first few pages, the characters had been forced into their stereotypical roles of scheming former Queen Elizabeth Woodville , scheming want-to-be queen Margaret Beaufort , naïve-lovesick pawn Elizabeth of York , and insecure cruel tyrant Henry Tudor.
Henry is particularly poorly done as a suspicious, cruel villain. Then Elizabeth starts to love him, but we don't know why. Then he stops loving her, but we don't know why.
Then we have the magical powers of the York women, which was my least favorite theme in the rest of this series. Labor is painless as floating down the lazy river with Elizabeth Woodville in attendance, and our lovely pair of Elizabeths accidently curse their own descendants though it takes young Elizabeth hundreds of pages to make this connection that the reader made the first time the curse is uttered.
Once the light bulb does come on, she is like some kind of prophetess who can foresee the end of the Tudor line with exacting detail. Just don't ask her about anything currently going on or you'll get, "I don't know" twirls her golden hair. No more PG for me. View all 21 comments. I truly don't know where to start with how much I disliked this book so I'll actually begin with the few positives.
Bianca Amato's narration was extraordinary and the only feature that allowed me to finish this novel. I have listened to books she has read in the past where I wasn't in love with her voice, but for this book, her voice was well-paced and soothing to listen to. She got the gender voices done without over-exaggerating the differences. Truly, I would not have finished this book and a I truly don't know where to start with how much I disliked this book so I'll actually begin with the few positives.
Truly, I would not have finished this book and almost didn't but for the narration. I have never put those words in a review before. The novel brings the War of the Roses series to a conclusion and merges it into the Tudor series The Constant Princess would logically follow from the conclusion of this story. I'm very glad Ms. Gregory wrote the Tudor books and The White Queen first so that I know that, somewhere, she has some knowledge of the time period.
This book most certainly does not demonstrate any such knowledge. The negatives are based in the "levels" of the book that Ms. Gregory defines at the end in her "Author's Note. I would love to see a single piece of historical research that even hints that Henry VII raped Elizabeth of York repeatedly prior to their wedding in order to see if she was fertile and only married her once she became pregnant.
For Tudor fans out there who have done an iota of research, this is painful to read material. I completely understand that Ms. Gregory is of the school of thought that one of the two princes survived the Tower of London and that Richard III was not responsible for their deaths.
I'm not taking a stand on that question in this review -- even if you accept as true that the younger prince who would have rightfully been Richard IV of England was not in the Tower of that he somehow survived or that someone other than Richard III or one of his minions killed the princes, the story doesn't work. I will give a fiction writer every reasonable inch of "willing suspension of disbelief" to allow them to tell their story. What I will not enable with any positive comments is not warning the reader in advance that the author's plan is to do so.
A recent book called "The Boleyn King" says at the outset: That is a very good premise for a novel and I enjoyed the story. Gregory attempts in her Author's Note to justify her diversion from anything resembling truth.
Even more grating was the author's use of repetition as a literary tool. I've complained about this style in other novels she has written specifically, "The Red Queen" , but she perfected whiny repeated phrases in this most recent epic tale.
Once again, I found myself thinking "ok Philippa, I get it Henry VII is afraid of 'the boy' who might be young Richard I get that Elizabeth of York is emotionally torn between her duties as a York princess and her duties as a Tudor wife. Maybe it's the presence of Margaret Beaufort -- the repetition was ghastly in the novel about her as well.
I have never, ever given a story one star until today. This book was simply horrible. Gregory fails in her attempt to re-write history; written by the victors or not. The characters are shallow and false. The writing is borderline unbearable.
The "mystery" that is "solved" by the novel has nothing to do with Elizabeth of York so even the title of the book is misleading. If you have read all of the other books and really want to finish the story, go ahead and wade through this tome. Otherwise, use your credit more wisely.
View all 13 comments. Jan 02, Asha rated it liked it. However, it is obvious that Philippa Gregory is pretty much the reason I read historical fiction. Jul 30, Christina Volkoff rated it did not like it. Compared to the previous entries into this series, the White Princess falls woefully flat. I understand that Elizabeth of York is supposed to feel trapped in this marriage of hers, but the pre-marriage "rape" and the back and forth affection of Henry just completely killed this book for me.
Gregory follows three set patterns for telling this story and they are: Wash, rinse, and repeat. To do so would've named her as a witch and an accomplice to what her mom had done, yet the priest, Henry, and Margaret Beaufort take all this in with less screaming and yelling than they do anything else in the book.
And if Gregory really wanted to end this book in such way so that it didn't just hint at Henry and Margaret being the killers of the Princes in the Tower, then she probably should've ended it with Arthur's death. It would've driven that underlying plot point home and would've also tied these novels into her Tudor Court novels, which would've been quite clever if you ask me.
Aug 07, L'aura rated it did not like it. I do think Gregory is pretty good at writing a juicy guilty pleasure when she wants to, but when she writes books just because she has a fee the results are just tiresome -- worst part is, I'm afraid most of her novels are written because she has a fee. This one has a main character I just felt like slapping, despite sort-of linking her in the previous novels. I just pretended I never saw a picture of Elizabeth of York while reading how radiantly beautiful she was, pity I read it basi I give up.
I just pretended I never saw a picture of Elizabeth of York while reading how radiantly beautiful she was, pity I read it basically once in each page and at some point the thing just sounds too self-referential, however documented it may be.
Plus, Gregory's idea of psychological portrayals consists in iterating concepts as if the reader's too dumb to keep track of them, but after one says Elizabeth was in love with Richard and had to marry the man who killed him those fifteen, sixteen times, well, one must picture everyone got the point. It's a thing Gregory does, and it doesn't always work.
This time, it didn't. View all 6 comments. Oct 09, Brittany B. This is my most anticipated book of the new year!! A mainstream historical novel of Elizabeth of York!! I'm such a dork, but this woman is truly a fascinating creature!!! I had no idea this was Gregory's next book! So excite This is my most anticipated book of the new year!! Jan 26, Susan Johnson rated it did not like it. Let me start by saying that I enjoy Phillippa Gregory's books.
I do think her Cousins series is weaker than her Tudor series but it's still enjoyable. It's nice to read how women have influenced history with their limited powers. But this book was drivel.
The book debunks any idea that Henry deserved to be King. He is portrayed as weak. That's just the beginning. Appa Let me start by saying that I enjoy Phillippa Gregory's books.
Apparently the only thing he does in his reign is to execute people horribly, tax the people to excess and lock people in the Tower. He is driven mad by seeing everyone as an enemy and continually looking for the Lost Princes. Don't think Elizabeth comes out nicely in this version. She is supposedly madly in love with her uncle, King Richard. Still devastated by his death, she is hurriedly made ready to marry the man who dethroned and killed her lover.
He rapes her repeatedly and yet she falls in love with him. Please strain my creditability a little farther. OK, here is goes. She and her mother put a curse on the killer of her brothers last seen in the Tower. Here's the curse- the person who killed them will have their oldest son die and then the oldest grandson. Their line will end with a female. I cannot recommend this book at all. There's plenty of good things to read but this isn't one of them.
View all 3 comments. Lovers of Historical fiction,. Gregory tells the story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of a king, wife of a king and mother of a king. The author weaves a really riveting version of what happened to the Princes in the Tower. I now have to read Perkin Perkin: A Story of Deception by Ann Wroe Sep 15, S rated it it was ok. My main qualm with this book - as other reviewers have said - is that Elizabeth of York came across as boring, passive, and utterly flat.
Mostly, she sits around and mopes, is afraid of how people view her inherent family relations, fights with her husband, and has babies. Her tensions with Lady Margaret Beaufort are not interesting and her on-again-off-again relationship with Henry VII is neither believable nor intriguing.
Her inner struggle must have been great, but we see none of it. There is My main qualm with this book - as other reviewers have said - is that Elizabeth of York came across as boring, passive, and utterly flat.
There is no action outside of her having conversations with people - very little actually happens in the book that we as readers get to see or experience, and Gregory spends almost no time allowing us a glimpse into what Elizabeth might have been thinking or feeling, usually reserving that to a few sentences per chapter. After the point in the book where Elizabeth Woodville died, I was unable to force myself to waste more time on it.
This character is the only reason at all I gave this story two stars instead of one. I know I really must stop reading Philippa Gregory and I have read everything she has published since about , but I -foolishly- keep hoping that the next novel will be a good one. This book was a disappointment to a former fan at best. Oct 21, Sara rated it it was amazing Shelves: This novel is Philippa Gregory at her best.
If you have ever thought you might have enjoyed being a princess, prince, queen or king, this book ought to make you think again. How difficult to be born with a destiny that you must accept, including being bartered off in marriage to your worst enemy, and never having the choice of seeking love or even a simpler life.
I have always been fascinated by the mystery of the princes in the tower. Many of us are. This is one more look into the possibility of This novel is Philippa Gregory at her best. This is one more look into the possibility of what might have occurred and how that may have affected the reign of Henry VII. It is the continued story of Elizabeth, the daughter of King Edward IV and sister to the two ill-fated princes. Having met her in an earlier novel, The White Queen, which was told from the point-of-view of her mother, Elizabeth Woodville, Elizabeth seemed someone with whom I already had a relationship and affection.
Gregory is a complete master of her genre. She brings to life historical figures, imbues them with personality and makes them just as complicated as any real person is or should be. While her women are always fully drawn, this novel exceeds itself in making of Henry VII a complex and tortured soul, driven by an insatiable mother. Having recently finished The Red Queen, the story of Margaret Beaufort, I was prepared for how unpleasant she could be.
I walked away from this novel thinking her one of the least attractive women English history may have ever produced, but even she is in many ways a victim of her birth. View all 4 comments. Aug 10, Carole P. Roman rated it it was amazing. I actually enjoyed various theories presented by this book.
You can't expect someone to write about the 14th and 15th centuries with modern sensibilities. If Henry did, in fact rape his future wife, would that be in keeping of the brutal times they lived in? And how come no one is shocked or mentioning the incestuous relationship between uncle and niece? These were horrible times, when women were nothing, a man could do anything to his wife and she was nothing more than an object.
The fact is th I actually enjoyed various theories presented by this book. The fact is that Elizabeth was pregnant when they married. The fact is that Margaret Beaufort was ambitious for her son to be king. She did do many of the things that Gregory reports and I do think that Elizabeth was a child born of fear, living constantly with a sword of Damocles over her head. Her grandfather and great uncle were killed trying to take the throne from her cousins, brother went against brother- mother against sons- Her siblings were murdered and she didn't know if if was by the man sworn to protect her, or another member of her wide flung family.
Elizabeth was the daughter of a power couple, could she have quietly wanted to fly under the radar- I wouldn't be shocked if she did. Sounds to me, Gregory presented a girl who just wanted to be safe, her children safe, and if she did it with a no nothing attitude- well, she wouldn't be the first in history.
I thought her believable. I did however, enjoy the B story more than anything else. I had never thought about Perkin Warbeck as being anything more than a Pretender and Gregory's representation was quite creditable. She gave the whole story legs and made me want to read about Henry's infatuation with Warbeck's wife. Elizabeth was a pale shadow compared to both her mother and grandmother Jaquetta. I always thought of her as able to influence her husband with her Yorkish savvy and intelligence.
Perhaps I was wrong, but it sure did skip a generation to rest in the heart and mind of her granddaughter Elizabeth 1 , one of the greatest queens of all times. Jun 21, Katie Scarlett O Hara rated it it was ok. This book should be called I don't know or about a boy, though that one is already taken.
My ears are literally bleeding from all the repetition. But king Henry VII kind of grow on me. Review is finally on my blog http: I like the character of The White Princess more than her story. Rereading this series is kinda ruining my fond memories. Maybe it's just cause I know what's going to happen? Second favorite installment in The Cousins War Series. The Cousins' War series continues with the story of Elizabeth of York - granddaughter to Jacquetta Woodville, narrator of Lady of the Rivers book three in the series , daughter of the protagonist from The White Queen book one , daughter-in-law to the main character of The Red Queen book two , and niece to Anne Neville, the focus of The Kingmaker's Daughter which is book four.
Though the series is not completely told in chronological order which would consist of The Lady of the Rivers as the first, not third, entry , Gregory makes it easy to pick up Elizabeth's story and connect it to what has gone on in the novels that preceded her story. Gregory is at her best when she writes adult historical fiction, and The White Princess is a strong, if repetitive and slowly-progressing, addition to her long-running series on what was then called the Cousins' War and is now termed The War of the Roses.
Following Elizabeth from when she was the not-so-secret lover to the last Plantagenet King and her uncle Richard III to and the execution of her nephew by her Tudor husband, this detailed historical fiction fleshes out her character moderately well. It's a long book, and while some areas do drag in pace, Gregory gives voice to a woman who is long overlooked in favor of both her lover and then her husband.
First person has been hit or miss for this author in the past, but she acquits herself well with the voice and narration of Elizabeth. Those familiar with Gregory's style will find much the same to offer here in The White Princess. This is an author that knows what works for her, and sticks with it. There's no POV switching or too much subtlety, but there is minute detail and description that works well to foster atmosphere and a real sense of place for the audience.
It's an interesting book, but it can be rather dry and slow-going, especially when it takes the author a bit of time to really get the plot moving a long and the characters interacting with one another in meangingful situations.
Characters from the other novels play pivotal roles, especially the mothers of both Elizabeth and Henry, so while reading the prior novels isn't required, doing so would prove helpful in order to keep who is who and who wants what and who is against who, etc. Elizabeth, as the narrator and most defined character, is one of the better aspects to the novel. Her life is a complicated one due to her torn loyalties amongst the factions at her new husband's recently established court.
England under Henry Tudor's nascent reign is a snarl of loyalties, families, alliances and betrayal; one that Elizabeth must navigate to help her family survive as losers in the winner's Court.
She undergoes a constant tug-of-war between loyalty to the house of her husband and child and that of the house of her father and former lover. Though her relationship with her husband begins roughly he killed her love, he rapes her to create Arthur , it grows into companionable friendship and creates real struggle for her as her own mother foments rebellion and plots to put another in Henry VII's place. The White Princess can take turns into harsh territory, especially in regards to the treatment of women.
Notably the first interactions between the future King and Queen can be hard to read. Henry, and his formidable mother, are shown in less than flattering light when first shown.
It can be hard to grow to like him after the way he mistreats his intended, but Gregory succeeds in eventually portraying him as more than he appeared.
Constantly wracked by suspicion and fear, her Henry VII is a complex and unpredictable man. You may not like him as a character, but you cannot deny that he is more than a one-dimensional character. Where she might lack in suspense and plotting, Gregory has proven her characterization is top-notch and lends well to creating interesting, well-defined versions of historical personages. This is a series that just continues to grow. The White Princess ends with 10 years left in the reign of the fist Tudor king, and with a sixth book due out The Last Rose , Gregory's novelization of the War of the Roses will continue - likely from another character's point of view.
Fans of this author will find more to enjoy with her latest effort, and it stands as a rather solid entry in her bibliography. With a Starz tv show centered around this series, I only expect it to find a wider audience in the future, and have faith that the author can keep up at the same level. Aug 06, Rachel Swords rated it it was ok. You started out as a decent writer, you really did.
I forgave your historical inaccuracies in "The Other Boleyn Girl" because that book was and is so darned entertaining. So, several years ago, when you announced you'd be starting a new series about the women involved with the War of the Roses whatever happened to the announced Jane Seymour book, Oh, Philippa Gregory.
So, several years ago, when you announced you'd be starting a new series about the women involved with the War of the Roses whatever happened to the announced Jane Seymour book, btw? Beyond Shakespeare, I sadly don't know that much about that vast chapter in England's history. And, even though I was pretty sure you'd have inaccuracies here too, I decided to give you a chance based on your past track record of entertaining me.
Well, I have to say The Cousins' War series has been a huge disappointment, from beginning to end. Given the character development of Elizabeth of York as seen in "The White Queen" and "The Red Queen," I was expecting a spirited young woman who is put in an awful position she was going to be queen whether Richard III or Henry Tudor won and rises above it to produce one of England's most notorious monarchs.
And did I get that? And that makes for a very long, tiresome read. Other things I did not like: And even though she's a supporting character, she's still as annoying as ever. He's constantly flip-flopping on poor Elizabeth I did feel sorry for her when he was around , and even though he calls her his love, he's written in a way that makes that love seem as everlasting as a stick of chewing gum.
We're never given too much detail about that, but, to paraphrase another goodreads reviewer, clearly it was Twu Wuv Forever. Actually, I'd have rather read a book about Elizabeth and Richard. That would have been intriguing and interesting, especially given the recent wave of publicity over the discovery of Richard III's body. Also a smart cash cow. I have never liked this in any of the books written by Ms.
Somehow, Elizabeth magically knows that the Tudor line will end with a Virgin Queen, and-gasp! Yes, the previous books in the series have shown Elizabeth's family possesses the Sight, but this was taking it a little too far.
Gregory, with whatever power I have, I hereby ban you from using "D'you think" in any more of your books. You did it back in "The Boleyn Inheritance" and it didn't work then, and it really doesn't work now. Gregory, in spite of all this, I kept reading "The White Princess. Maybe I'm just hoping that somehow you will return to the writing magic that possessed you when you wrote the Tudors books.
I don't know-hey look, I said it for once! Gregory, I'm a fan of yours. And I also really love history, especially British history. So, it just makes me sad when it gets mangled, and when a good idea gets mangled too. Please, no more Cousins' War books. How about writing that Jane Seymour book? Or more books set in the 18th century, like "Earthly Joys"? Aug 26, Nattie rated it liked it. Yet again another PG tale that I couldn't wait to end, when it finally did; I almost cried with joy.
I like Philippa Gregory's books, they are quite often very good, but I haven't read one yet that wasn't overflowing with annoyances. In this one, Henry VII is so paranoid, that it became nauseating. His position was understandable, but I grew weary of the constant worrying and nagging and his eyes popping out of their sockets every other page.
He asked Elizabeth the same questions over and over aga Yet again another PG tale that I couldn't wait to end, when it finally did; I almost cried with joy. He asked Elizabeth the same questions over and over again until I literally wanted to fling the book across the room. It wasn't like he was going to believe his wife anyway, so why bother?
On Elizabeth's end; if I had read one more time how much she loved Richard, was meant to be with Richard, should have been with Richard; I don't know what I would have done.
Also, I grew weary of Elizabeth constantly repeating Henry's questions to her as if she were a parrot. Nobody talks like that in a conversation, not even during the 's. One of the most irritating things was when "The boy" was referred to by Henry, and he would accuse his wife of knowing the boy's true identity, and she would act like she had never even heard of the subject.
She would repeat stupidly. Yes, Elizabeth, the boy, the one that Henry is constantly going on and on about. Next he would ask her if she had any idea who people thought the boy might be, and once again she would look around stupidly and shake her head no, then finally decide that they might think he was her long lost brother, even though every darned body in the room knew that's who he was thought to be, and she and Henry had discussed it themselves many times.
Then there was the problem of the same dialogue page after page, only said differently so as to try not to let on that the same exact things are being said thousands of times, and that most of the book is filler. I really wish PG would do something about her writing style, because her books are good, and some of the best around, but the way she writes always detracts from the story for me. Aug 03, Dominique rated it it was ok. I don't really want to do an official review for this, because, as you can probably guess by the rating, I don't have much praise for it and I feel really unfair wholly criticising books without praise, but I really just need to For my AS history course I studied Henry VII, so I thought this would be a particularly interesting book to read as I already had some background knowledge about the period.
When I studied his reign, I sort of concluded that, although he may not have been beloved in the same way as his son Henry VIII was which is an issue that crops up a lot in his character he was slightly misunderstood, but a good king who did a lot for the good of England.
I suppose that studying a king's actions and a king's person are very different things because, quite honestly, PG's portrayal of Henry VII is really incredibly difficult to like; perpetually fearful for his crown and security, he is constantly, unremittingly paranoid, always moaning and snapping at everyone -- or just plain absent. Henry definitely had moments were I did warm up to him and I thought he could redeem himself, but the next chapter he would go back to being the same as he always was: His relationship with his wife began in a horrible fashion and didn't predispose me to like him at all; it was only in the scattered declarations of love and affection for his wife and children in which I thought perhaps Henry could change and learn to cope with his demands as king.
In fact, the whole book is arguably an observance of his deterioration of character -- although eventually Elizabeth admits that she loves her husband, it is by no means a happy marriage, and it is fraught with angst and distrust -- to the point where Henry takes a mistress. I'm not sure how much of that side-plot is grounded in historical evidence before I read this, I had no idea that Henry had done that, but I suppose I shouldn't be surprised but it quite effectively killed all the hope I had in his maturing character.
Mostly because the bulk of his exchanges with his wife are either maliciously accusing her of something she hasn't done, or insulting her. Notice how most of what I have said so far is about Henry and not about the narrator -- his wife? That's because Elizabeth of York is a maddeningly unassertive and passive character. Henry is constantly accusing her of knowing something about the pretenders that seek to dethrone him and her reply is always 'I don't know'.
But nor did she ever attempt to find out more -- to play a more active role in protecting her husband's throne and her children -- to prove her loyalty to the Tudors, and not her birth family, the Yorks. She simply lets everyone else do the work and watches them fail in despair. I understand that her power is incredibly limited -- but she was Queen of England for goodness sake. She did have some authority and influence which she could have used to at least do some scheming or plotting behind the scenes like her mother-in-law so famously did -- anything -- would have been an improvement on what she essentially was, which was a baby-making machine.
She didn't seem to be very politically astute or even try to cultivate her knowledge. It was unbelievably frustrating. Really, the whole novel was just depressing. After a certain period, I expected it to lift, for there to be some relief, so PG could later reintroduce the tension. But that never happened. It is just one steady commentary on the anguish Henry VII undergoes with the pretenders to the throne, and rarely a moment of triumph or peace.
I was quite glad to finish it. Though I have nothing to praise about the ending, either -- it was disturbingly abrupt, especially because I knew the story didn't there her eldest son dies, she has another child and then she dies too. But despite the last few lines, I felt like there was no real reconciliation between Henry and Elizabeth.
I have no idea why Philippa Gregory decided to end it there. Perhaps to spare us the doubly-depressing death of her narrator only a couple of years later? The only positive thing I have to say about this book and that pushed it up to a 2 star rating was probably the fact that it was very compelling -- I read it in a day -- despite all the complaints I have, it was difficult to stop reading it.
Nor is Philippa Gregory a bad writer -- she's no Hilary Mantel -- but her writing is really too conventional for me to elaborate any more on that. Aug 29, Mike Dixon rated it really liked it. The guy was dull. He didn't wage war, have numerous extramarital affairs and he didn't chop off the heads of unfaithful wives.
Henry was a competent administrator who sorted out his country's financial problems and brought peace to a troubled realm. That's not a good basis for an exciting historical novel.
I guess that is one of the reasons why the book got such mixed reviews. I have always had a lot of respect fo Phillipa Gregory set herself a hard task when writing about the court of Henry VII. I have always had a lot of respect for Henry VII.
He married a difficult woman an exceedingly arrogant one by most accounts and led a difficult life. His son of the same name was a far more exciting fellow. Gregory but this book lasted way too long. It was always are there boys or aren't there. There might be but there might not be. That got old really quick.
I'm guessing that's similar to what happened in real life but I wanted to know sooner what happened. Elizabeth seemed really weak too, like she could've done more. She could've been more. I wasn't impressed at all with the characters even though their development was on point. The writing was wonderful but the plot was too drawn out for my taste. I have a good faith belief that use of the material in the manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its agent, or law.
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