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3.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 53.4 out of 5 3.40 (10 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Philippa Gregory Narrator: Susan Lyons Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Related: The Cousins’ War Series Release Date: January 2011 ISBN: 9781442342330
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The White Queen tells the story of a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition who, catching the eye of the newly crowned boy king, marries him in secret and ascends to royalty. While Elizabeth rises to the demands of her exalted position and fights for the success of her family, her two sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries: the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is still unknown. From her uniquely qualified perspective, Philippa Gregory explores this most famous unsolved mystery of English history, informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills.

With The White Queen, Philippa Gregory brings the artistry and intellect of a master writer and storyteller to a new era in history and begins another bestselling classic series from this beloved author.

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Quotes & Awards

  • The White Queen demonstrates decisively that Gregory, the historical novelist who gave us The Other Boleyn Girl and The Other Queen, remains at the top of her form. A total-immersion experience into the fifteenth century.” 

    Barnes & Noble, editorial review

  • “Engrossing…Most of the story is blunt, brutal, and bloody, but Gregory has a deft hand with historical imagination, making the most of ancient mysteries…Good historical fiction always provides at least incidental commentary on the present (if not outright warnings). In this case, the warning is clear: Turning your back on morality for the sake of political gain will come back and bite you in the bum.” 

    Diana Gabaldon, New York Times bestselling author

  • “History buffs from Shakespeare on have speculated about this fateful period, especially the end of Edward and Elizabeth's two sons, and Gregory invents plausible but provocative scenarios to explore those mysteries; she is especially poignant depicting Elizabeth in her later years…Gregory earned her international reputation evoking sex, violence, love and betrayal among the Tudors; here she adds intimate relationships, political maneuvering and battlefield conflicts as well as some well-drawn supernatural elements…Captures vividly the terrible inertia of war.” 

    Publishers Weekly

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Laurie | 5/23/2011

    " Fantastic read! Elizabeth Rivers and Edward of York and constant wars. If you don't have the geniology of English monarchs down, Elizabeth is the mother of the princes in the tower. Phillippa Gregory has become one of my favorite authos. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Cherry | 5/18/2011

    " What an amazing book - such a good story and a fabulous account of the Plantagenates. Absolutely loved it and cant wait to read the next book The Red Queen. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Diane | 5/15/2011

    " I enjoyed this book. It's a time period I did not know much about. The characters did not feel as developed as her Tudor series. It may be that I just know that period better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Haley | 5/12/2011

    " I'm sort of an Anglophile, so I will pretty much like anything about the British monarchy. The plot was entertaining and never got too slow, but I thought the dialogue could have been more true to the time period. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Gina | 5/9/2011

    " If you only read one Philippa Gregory, I think this is the one to read. A true page turner. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cathy | 5/6/2011

    " I thought the 2nd half really dragged and was pretty boring. Not sure that I'd read another book in the series. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Danica | 5/5/2011

    " Love this author and how she teaches so much about history in such an etertaining way. Didn't find anyone to like in this story but appreciate the information on the Royal history before the Tudors. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Denese | 5/5/2011

    " I tried and tried but just could not get interested. Elizabeth Woodville was a weak queen, disliked by her country, and trying to make her part water goddess was no improvement. I usually like Philippa Gragory's books but am dropping this series. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Dondero | 5/4/2011

    " I loved this book. I wished I had known more about the kings and queens of England but I got a lot out of this nonetheless. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Angela | 5/3/2011

    " I found it interesting not knowing much about that era of history...wish I knew more as I am sure I would have found the book even more interesting if I could have placed it in historical context. "

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About the Author
Author Philippa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory is an internationally bestselling author of historical novels. She earned her BA from the University of Sussex and a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from Edinburgh University. She is the author of the Wideacre trilogy, the Earthly Joys series, and the Tudor series, which includes the enormously successful book The Other Boleyn Girl. There are currently over a million copies of The Other Boleyn Girl in print in the US alone; it was also made into a successful major motion picture starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson, and Eric Bana. Gregory also regularly contributes short stories, features, and reviews to a number of newspapers and magazines.

About the Narrator

Susan Lyons has appeared on numerous television shows, including A Country Practice, Police Rescue, Something in the Air, and All Saints. Among her film credits are Winds of Jarrah and In a Savage Land. She is married to Tony Award–winning actor Jefferson Mays.