Leave a comment and let me know what you think. It's partly a satire on the business of publishing which I was starting to understand by this time in my career, partly an ironic commentary on the mistakes a woman makes when she takes responsibility for everything, but it is mostly a wry musing on the nature of being a woman — whether in our world femininity is so constructed that a man could do it as well as a woman, and perhaps — more optimistically — that a real woman will find love if she dares. As a descendant from the royal line I found this novel interesting though not 100% factual. This during a time when harvests were failing caused widespread poverty and social unrest. It was very liberating to get away from the royal family and royal palaces and into daily life of aspiring people, hoping to rise from poverty into the New England of political freedoms and opportunities. The fact is that Margaret Beaufort was ambitious for her son to be king.
Much of the text is repetition and could be omitted. The whole book felt lazy, as if she had a historical timeline and a general sense of what she wanted to write, but her mind was almost wholly on something else. Who killed your uncle George? The story is repetitive, recycled, and dull, and history is once again dumbed down to the level who is superficially friends with whom, with key events taking place offstage and relayed in lacklustre summary. Who killed your uncle George? Hey there, Elizabeth of York, what happened to the princes in the Tower? Henry executes him on Tower Hill, leaving Margaret to face a lifetime of uncertainty. So much abuse and the constant phrases Gah! She brought no dowry or international connections, no territories or promise of diplomatic support. The story of the title Bread and Chocolate was inspired by a baking Jesuit. Gregory is a complete master of her genre.
Maybe it's the presence of Margaret Beaufort -- the repetition was ghastly in the novel about her as well. Yes, the author is a great storyteller and always enjoyable to read, I just don't agree with her interpretation of the facts presented in this book. He was a serial killer and this book traces his steps towards psychosis. She got the gender voices done without over-exaggerating the differences. Hmmm, not sure that's really enough proof of their love.
Secondly, Catherine of Aragon comes swiftly to mind — what if Elizabeth had become pregnant as Henry in the book wishes, but infant mortality and miscarriage leave him without an heir? This book was simply horrible. Or a counterfeit prince — a low-born enemy to Henry Tudor and his York princess wife? Both T he White Queen and The White Princess were strong ratings performers for Starz. This is a show devoid of life, character, and any motivation other than screwing people over or trying to not get screwed over. My biggest point of contention in this book is the portrayal of the devout Catholic Margaret Beaufort. Raised in exile in Brittany and having taken the throne with a French and Scottish force, Henry had neither the easy popularity nor the longstanding political allegiances of the House of York. I rewrote it through more drafts than anything since.
Gregory attempts in her Author's Note to justify her diversion from anything resembling truth. This book in the Cousins' War series was very interesting regarding Elizabeth, Princess of York. Gregory's not allergic to flagrant dramatic license, which suits my reading tastes to a T. One might think Gregory did that as a deliberate troll of her haters, in which case. But her rivalry and paranoia was too much for her. People have begun to dance, endlessly and without stopping.
There is, of course, the matter of The Prophecy, which is the only witchy-ish bit in the book, and could have made quite an interesting theme, but it sort of got dumped on us late in the story instead. He has no clue how to be a real king. I have never liked this in any of the books written by Ms. But is he the lost boy sent into the unknown by his mother, the White Queen? But Arthur's sudden death, followed by his mother's, leaves Henry Tudor with a difficult to decision, to marry his son's wife himself or to arrange her marriage to his younger son. But The White Princess is a compellingly tangled watch, casting light on figures often blotted out by the male-dominated historical spotlight. They are cousins to Margaret Plantagenet Benson , a reluctant member of the York clan. I loved the heroine and especially the sequences in Bath.
Right up until the last stage of copy editing I was revising and adding material and characters to this dark story. Loyalties will wax and wane, and family members will wind up on opposite sides, as the House of Tudor works to fortify its rule over a splintering empire. She brings to life historical figures, imbues them with personality and makes them just as complicated as any real person is or should be. Where I got the book: my local library. The country is ruled by a council of men who jostled for control of the young king. After the death of the Dowager Queen Elizabeth, Lizzie inspires Henry's men to fight against the pretender, who ultimately finds sanctuary in a monastery.
Will I read the next book in this series? Apparently the only thing he does in his reign is to execute people horribly, tax the people to excess and lock people in the Tower. In order to retain its control, the Church must identify which phenomena can be rationally explained and which may really be magic. Gregory is at her best when she writes adult historical fiction, and The White Princess is a strong, if repetitive and slowly-progressing, addition to her long-running series on what was then called the Cousins' War and is now termed The War of the Roses. Elizabeth also brought in a model of queenship that differed vastly from that of the woman she replaced, the Lancastrian Margaret of Anjou. I started research on John Tradescant and found enough material for two books, and developed an entirely new style of writing: the fictionalised biography.
Compared to the previous entries into this series, the White Princess falls woefully flat. However, their mutual enmity and distrust—as well as the political plots of their mothers—threaten to tear both the marriage and the kingdom apart. This combined with the ongoing expansion of the British Empire has led to the United Kingdom becoming the richest and most powerful country in the world. She can tell a great story and create unforgettable characters Wideacre Wideacre Wideacre , but this treatment of Elizabeth of York definitely isn't one of them. The font was large with generous spacing between lines, very short chapters and at least we didn't have.