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