The White Queen

By  Philippa Gregory

About the Book 

A woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family -- her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower. An active player in the power struggles that surrounded her, she made hard and courageous choices, always trying to protect those whom she loved. Informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills, Philippa Gregory gives an unforgettable voice to an extraordinary woman at the heart of a devastating conflict.

Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the tumult and intrigue of The Wars of the Roses to vivid life through the women of the House of Lancaster and the House of York, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. 

What Philippa Gregory thinks about World Book Night

"It's a great honour to have The White Queen selected for World Book Night. I am especially pleased that this novel will be read by so many extra thousands of readers as it is the story of a Queen of England who lived her life with great courage and grace and yet has been neglected by history. I love bringing the lives of ordinary women from long ago to the attention of readers today and it is a delight to think that this book will be part of such an imaginative venture."

What we think

“The War of the Roses told from the perspective of the woman who would become Queen of England. One of our most incredible periods of history told by one of our most brilliant storytellers, personal, involving and thrilling.”

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Also in the Wars of the Roses Cousin's Wars series:

The Red Queen
The Lady of the Rivers
The Kingmaker's Daughter

The Changeling

And books in her Tudor series...

The Other Boleyn Girl
The Boleyn Inheritance
The Queen's Fool
The Virgin's Lover

Author biography

Dr Philippa Gregory studied history at the University of Sussex and was awarded a PhD at the University of Edinburgh for her work on eighteenth century novels and their readership. Philippa is a recognised authority on women's history and a regular contributor to TV and radio programmes as well as international newspapers. Her bestselling Tudor series includes The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film, and her most recent collection, the Cousins' War series, includes four Number One bestsellers, The White Queen, The Red Queen, The Lady of the Rivers and The Kingmaker's Daughter. She is the author of 23 novels including her recent debut Young Adult novel The Changeling, which is the first part of her Order of Darkness series. Philippa welcomes visitors to her site www.PhilippaGregory.com.

 

On World Book Night

There is nothing like the recommendation of a trusted friend to make you want to read a book. World Book Night is the glorious extension of this - sending carefully selected books out to people who might enjoy them - and who otherwise might not read them. I am so proud that my book is going to be part of WBN 2012, and I hope that it encourages the recipients to keep reading.

Jojo Moyes

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