by Philippa Gregory
Review by Marilyn Baron- www.marilynbaron.com
In her latest Cousins’ War novel, Philippa Gregory tells the remarkable story of Elizabeth of York, the first Tudor Queen, a daughter of The White Queen, mother of Henry VIII of England and grandmother of the long-reigning Elizabeth 1st.
Henry Tudor married Elizabeth of York, princess of the enemy house for political reasons—to unite a country divided by war for nearly two decades. But she’s still in love with his slain enemy, Richard III. England dreams of a missing heir, Elizabeth’s brother, who was imprisoned in The Tower with her other brother, and assumed dead.
Henry fears that the “prince” is out there waiting to invade and reclaim his throne, with the help of Elizabeth’s plotting mother.
When a young man does invade England, Elizabeth has to choose between Henry, who she’s starting to love and the boy who claims to be her beloved lost brother. If the missing boy takes over, that will invalidate her own children’s claims to the throne. And if she “recognizes” her brother, her life and the lives of her family will be in danger.
I loved this book, as I love all of Philippa Gregory’s books. I hated Henry Tudor and his controlling mother, Margaret Beaufort, who never trusted Elizabeth and who spent all their energy and his people’s money trying to capture “the boy.” As a result, he never won the people’s love and he squandered Elizabeth’s love.
I enjoyed learning all about the history of the period and about a woman who was daughter, sister, niece and wife of English monarchs.
***** (5 stars)
You can purchase The White Princess at: http://www.amazon.com/The-White-Princess-Cousins-War/dp/1451626096/ref=sr_1_1?