Posted By Claire on August 4, 2009
“The White Queen” is the first in a series about the Plantagenets, the warring family who held the English throne before Henry Tudor married Elizabeth of York and established the Tudor line. Philippa Gregory has given this new series of books the title “The Cousins’ War” because the Plantagenet period of history is all about the struggles between brothers and cousins.
I won’t tell you any more (except that it’s a fabulous book!), as I don’t want to spoil it, but here are some video goodies to tell you more about this wonderful new Philippa Gregory novel.
Philippa Gregory on Elizabeth Woodville:-
You can read an excerpt from “The White Queen”, to give you a taster, at the special Simon and Schuster page.
Simon and Schuster, the book’s publishers, describe this book as:-
“The first in a stunning new series, The Cousins War, is set amid the tumult and intrigue of The War of the Roses. Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings this family drama to colourful life through its women, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
The White Queen tells the story 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 success 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, Philippa Gregory explores the most famous unsolved mystery, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.”
There are various videos on YouTube that Simon and Schuster have released, including an interview with Philippa Gregory about her depiction of witchcraft in the novel – click here.
Unfortunately, this video and Gregory’s handling of witchcraft, with regards to Elizabeth Woodville and Jacquetta Woodville, is causing a bit of a stir on the Internet because Gregory talks about basing her writing on the fact that Jacquetta was tried and found guilty of witchcraft, and would have been executed if Margaret d’Anjou had not stepped in. I really don’t know where she got this from but it is not true, Jacquetta was arrested but acquitted.
There will always be divides and arguments about Philippa Gregory but, at the end of the day, she is a writer of fiction and her books are very readable.