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The White Queen (a review)

I'm reading THE LADY OF THE RIVERS by Philippa Gregory. I'm reading it on my Oyster Books app, but that is another post. THE LADY OF THE RIVERS is the first in a series about the women who played a role in the War of the Roses.

The first book opens with Jaquetta witnessing the burning of Joan of Arc, then marrying a widower duke, and later a squire with whom she conceives Elizabeth Woodville. Elizabeth will grow up to marry King Edward IV of England and bear him the two princes who will later perish in the Tower of London.

If you enjoy historical fiction (sometimes more fiction than history) and a little spice in your romance, then this is the perfect book(s).

I'm an avid historical fiction fan. I grew up reading Victoria Holt novels. I'm a huge fan of the HBO series THE TUDORS. This is similar to those.

If you're going to read the series, then I recommend that you read the first one before you read the others. It will all make more sense to you.

STARZ has also created a series called THE WHITE QUEEN that is based on the novels. You can watch the first season for free on Amazon Prime.


"The minute I stopped arguing, I could begin to see and feel. Right there, Step Two gently and very gradually began to infiltrate my life. I can't say upon what occasion or upon what day I came to believe in a Power greater than myself, but I certainly have that belief now. To acquire it, I had only to stop fighting and practice the rest of A.A.'s program as enthusiastically as I could."


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Feisty56 wrote on February 5, 2015, 8:20 PM

I've enjoyed reading historical fiction since I was a young girl, although at the time I didn't truly know it was fiction. I remember reading biographies of early Americans, though, and wondering how anyone knew what a young Betsy Ross thought or said long before she sewed the first flag.

I'm putting "Lady of the Rivers" on my Want-to-Read list right now. Since you are a fan of this genre, have you read John Jakes' The Kent Family Chronicles?

DWDavisRSL wrote on February 5, 2015, 9:07 PM

I enjoy historical fiction that is a bit more current, say from the American War Between the States up through the Korean War. WEB Griffin is one of my favorites.

MelissaE wrote on February 5, 2015, 9:58 PM

I loved John Jake's growing up. I'll look up the KENT FAMILY CHRONICLES. it sounds familiar.

MelissaE wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:01 PM

I'll check him out. I like history from any time. American History was my second major.

MelissaE wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:04 PM

Just downloaded book one in the Chronicles. I think I read them in high school.

Feisty56 wrote on February 5, 2015, 10:06 PM

I read the series about 20 years ago and still recall how I didn't want to read those last chapters, to have to say adios to the characters and storyline.

Dragonfairy1 wrote on February 6, 2015, 6:37 AM

I love these books, The Lady of the Rivers was my favourite, followed by the White queen, The Red queen was my least favourite, she's a hard character to like.

MelissaE wrote on February 6, 2015, 7:18 AM

Is THE RED QUEEN Henry the 8 mum?

FreyaYuki wrote on February 7, 2015, 10:50 AM

Sounds interesting. Will look into this book when I've some more time.

JohnRoberts wrote on February 9, 2015, 11:15 AM

I did get The White Queen on DVD and watched it all. Pretty good historical show.