The White Princess

by Philippa Gre­gory (Si­mon & Schus­ter) at www.ama­zon. com

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The fifth in­stal­ment in Philippa Gre­gory’s se­ries The Cousins’War con­tin­ues to ex­plore the de­cep­tion, be­trayal, and bru­tal power strug­gles that took place within Eng­land’s royal fam­i­lies in the 15th cen­tury.

TheWhite Princess fol­lows the story of El­iz­a­beth of York, who is forced to marry Henry Tu­dor in an at­tempt to end the feud be­tween the Houses of Lan­caster and York.

It is be­lieved the mar­riage will unify a coun­try that has been di­vided by war for nearly two decades. Al­though he killed her first love – Richard III – El­iz­a­beth even­tu­ally warms to her hus­band. But with her mother plot­ting against the Tu­dors, and her lost brother Richard ru­moured to be emerg­ing to take the throne, El­iz­a­beth be­comes torn be­tween her new fam­ily and her loy­alty to the Yorks. Will she choose the red or the white rose?

Gre­gory’s take on his­tory is grip­ping and full of scan­dal, and read­ers are in­stantly sym­pa­thetic to­wards the char­ac­ters who suf­fer as a re­sult of the on­go­ing bat­tle for the throne.

If you’ve ever dreamed of be­ing a princess the cruel re­al­i­ties of life as a royal may make you think again.

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