Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The White Queen by Philippa Gregory

I LOVED this book!  Its been a while since I have read anything about england in the 14-1500s and this was the perfect book to get me back in.

Elizabeth is the white queen.  King Edward takes her, a common woman, to be his queen.  This whole book takes place during the war of the roses, when England's two houses (York and Lancaster) are fighting for the throne.  The York's remove the Lancaster King and then the Lancaster's try to get him back on the throne.  All the while King Edward and Queen Elizabeth are beloved rulers of England.

During the turmoil of the houses fighting, family members are killed, some are called out as witches, and others are imprisoned.  But through it all, Elizabeth's faith in her family and her right to be queen never wavers.

The most fascinating tid-bit I took from this book is that Elizabeth was the mother of Elizabeth Tudor, who was the mother of Henry VIII, the king with 6 wives.  And the great grandmother to Queen Elizabeth I, England's most famous Queen, who ruled without a husband.

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