Monday, August 3, 2009

Book Review & Giveaway: "The White Queen" by Phillippa Gregory


"The White Queen: The Cousins War" by Phillippa Gregory
Read An Excerpt
Cover is of my ARC (a big thank you to Ally at Simon & Schuster!) I don't really care for the current release's cover.
The second and third books in the anticipated series are tentatively titled The Red Queen (Margaret Beaufort) and The White Princess (Elizabeth of York).

Published August 18th 2009 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster
Hardcover, 416 pages
The Burton Review Rating: 4 stars
Book Description:

THE COUSINS' WAR Book One:
Philippa Gregory, "the queen of royal fiction," presents the first of a new series set amid the deadly feuds of England known as the Wars of the Roses.
Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenet's. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa Gregory brings them to life through the dramatic and intimate stories of the secret players: the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
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."

Phillippa Gregory does it again! All the possible controversial theories are utilised here in this work of The Wars of The Roses and shall be used for fodder by history enthusiasts. Phillippa Gregory is one of those authors that you either love or hate. Those that are very particular about sticking to the known facts regarding Anne Boleyn dislike her for what she says happened in "The Other Boleyn Girl". And then the movie came out and that took even more liberties (not Gregory's fault) and there was a mini revolt on Facebook against Gregory which was fun to watch. I must say that "The Other Boleyn Girl" is exactly what got me hooked on historical fiction last year, probably about February of 2008. And there was no turning back. I googled Henry VIII and bought more books, from non-fiction to fiction all about the Tudor Era. I then read Gregory's "The Constant Princess" and "The Queen's Fool" and enjoyed those. I got a little burnt out on Gregory once I read last year's "The Other Queen"; I did not like some of the insinuations that were made about Mary Queen of Scots in her attempt to spice up her dull writing. STILL.. I have a soft spot for her since she was the jumping off point to this passion I now hold for historical fiction. The fact that I know the family tree of Henry VIII and potential successors to the throne during his reign would probably fascinate and bore those that know me outside of this book blog world. It's my little secret, and I owe it all to Phillippa Gregory.

Just as there are myths and rumors that have been debated about regarding Mary and Anne Boleyn of The Other Boleyn Girl, there have also been many different theories regarding Elizabeth Woodville. Most historians now seem to agree that without proof of things such as Elizabeth and her mother being witches, there is no reason to discuss it further because of the lack of logical proof. But with this novel, it is all opened back up and historians again will have a field day denying all the insinuations that Gregory makes with this new novel. Gregory even has a YouTube video discussing this Witchcraft topic. For this particular novel we are treated to historical fiction where the author has taken all of her available information and used her creative spin to twist the facts into something more pleasing then a text book. She does quite well creating the story and I believe there will now be a lot more googling on Elizabeth Woodville, and there is nothing wrong with that.

"The White Queen" is a novel taking place during a tumultuous period of time in the latter half of the 1400's before Henry VIII's father's reign, called The Wars of The Roses, also known as The Cousin's War for the specific period that takes place within Gregory's book. England was not stable, there were two distinct factions of Lancastrians and Yorkists who battled for their right to the throne of England and each had legitimate candidacy with ancestors that had easily each justified their quests for the throne. For some, it was just a matter if the descendancy came via the female or male line as to where in the royal line of succession they landed. The Yorkists overthrew the reigning King Henry VI who was a bit 'touched in the head' and put Edward IV, a Plantagenet, on the throne, eventually murdering the pious king. It is a very intriguing history for England, as well as one of my favorites, and there are many what-if's that can be asked for the possible outcomes of this war. There are many people involved, many important figures also who are turncoats and traitors (such as Warwick the advisor and 'Kingmaker', and the king's brother George, the Duke of Clarence) and those who try to keep up with the prominent figures of this time could easily be confused. For this read, Gregory successfully dodges that confusing bullet. She sticks to her main characters and centers her story around Elizabeth Woodville, a Lancastrian widow who suddenly marries the Yorkist King. That was such an amazing feat in itself that Elizabeth and her mother were quickly branded as witches, since there could have been no other logical way that the King of England would have wedded in secret to an unimportant family from an opposing party. There are conflicting stories as to whether Elizabeth and Edward had known each other before the infamous meeting under the tree, but there is not a lot of hard evidence about Elizabeth Woodville in general. She is of a large family and was married and widowed before wedding Edward; she came into her royal marriage with two sons of her own, and she was older than her husband Edward IV. These Grey sons did not get a lot of time in the book, but were also quite important in their time, along with the Woodville clan themselves.

P. Gregory depicts Elizabeth Woodville and Edward IV meeting when Elizabeth asks for the rights to her dead husband's land, and soon after their marital events are taking place towards the beginning of the novel. Some intriguing dialogue comes after, prophetic phrases galore and then Queen Elizabeth is complete with three girls off of the King. I was a bit dismayed at the jump in time, as well as the lack of putting names to her growing family. It wasn't till the younger Elizabeth was 4 years old before Gregory actually mentions her name. I think that since there are so many different family members a part of this Cousin's War, that the author did not want to add more names than necessary into the story that she was telling. There are many Elizabeths, Edwards, Richards of the time. For a novice, leaving some names and their importance out of this novel works well, such as the Grey boys, but since I am not, that turned me off a bit, especially since I know the importance of her daughter, Elizabeth of York, who later does become a Queen and mother to the Tudor Dynasty.

The characterization of Elizabeth Woodville in the beginning was very likable and I enjoyed the first person narration. Once Elizabeth Woodville is Queen, she seems to become immediately shallow, spiteful, and vengeful, eager to promote the Woodville names. I liked the way that the seemingly loving marriage was portrayed; Edward was promiscuous and Elizabeth had resigned herself to that even though she outwardly did not like Elizabeth (Jane) Shore. Once disaster strikes the family and her father and brother are killed in battle, she is intent on revenge and not exactly likable at that point either especially when the witchcraft angle is at use. Yet as a mother, I completely fell into pace with her character as she finally realized the extreme danger her royal family was in and I was helplessly rooting for her all the way even though I already knew the general outcome.

Although I was enjoying the way that P. Gregory was depicting the story of the traitors Warwick and Edward's brother George, I was getting a bit annoyed at the amount of times the author had Elizabeth mentioning that they were "dead men" because she has "their names in the black locket in my jewellrey case and their names will never see the light again until they themselves are in eternal darkness"... which is just one example that shows that the author wants us to believe that Elizabeth and her mother were indeed witches. Several occasions occurred where either the whistles or breaths of the ladies had affected major events in the stories. As far as witches go, I do not subscribe to that idea although I do believe that perhaps they were harmless women attempting any means possible to get what they wanted by trying little tricks and prayers and the like, but I do not believe that they would have certain powers that the author would like us to believe. With these interesting twists to the original facts, readers may not enjoy the overused witch theory.

Other little tricks of the witch angle were used that were said to aid in battles, as well as the sixth sense Elizabeth had that almost had her privy to The Sight. I call it woman's intuition. There were many references to Melusina, a goddess of the River, hence the origin of Elizabeth's family name; at the time her brother was the Earl of Rivers. And this brother Anthony Woodville is known as being a scholarly and astute man, and that memory is held intact in the novel. Anthony was shown as disputing the power of Melusina as mere stories, until he was facing his death and he even reflects upon the 'fact' that Melusina was Jacquetta's grandmother. At Anthony's death we also are treated to an actual poem that he indeed wrote during that time. I was intrigued by Anthony and I look forward to reading some more on him.

Elizabeth is very close to her brother Anthony, the other brothers do not figure prominently until a little more towards the end. Elizabeth's emotions towards her young boys and her love for her children are emoted quite well throughout, and I felt sorry for her at her inability to see the right way of out of her ordeals. I think everyone who knows the name Elizabeth Woodville would then understand the fact that her two boys by the King Edward had disappeared in the Tower following the death of the King. The novel depicts the king's brother George Duke of Clarence as an outrageously jealous boy, his and the King's mother is seemingly doting only on George and could care less for King Edward, and the third York brother Richard, Duke of Gloucester is depicted as a sensitive quiet boy who wants to come into his own in his own time. There are a few of the other main characters of The Wars of The Roses mentioned but they do not feature as prominently, such as Margaret Beaufort, her new husband and her son, Henry Tudor, who is leading the Lancastrians. Overall I did not find in-depth characterizations except just for what Elizabeth W. portrayed them as, which is the downfall of first person narratives, although a few times we slipped into third person to set the scene.

I do not want to give too much away for the actual novel, but the facts are history that many know and there are just so many facts and pertinent events!! This novel does not immediately bode well for the reputation of Richard, the dead King's brother who decides the throne should be his and not Edward's son. There are multiple reasons why the nobles do not want Edward and Elizabeth's children on or near the throne of England. The novel climaxes around the events of these little princes, and we are treated to a rare glimpse of what happened during the period the boys, and how the infamous Princes in the Tower disappeared. The author again takes liberties with the age-old theories, although mostly scoffed at the author uses them for a clever story angle.

There are many more events that occur throughout the novel that correlate to the reality of the Wars of the Roses, such as battles, births, marriages and deaths, but the basis of the novel is indeed fiction and should not be taken as fact. Ages of supporting figures are probably incorrect also. It took awhile to feel accustomed to some of my I-don't-believe-that-happened thoughts, and I had to remind myself that this was not intended to be a history lesson. The author really did a fine job of spinning the controversy of the rumors into a very entertaining read. Although the initial writing of Phillippa Gregory started off a bit forced it sucked me in quick enough. Aside from the complaints of distortion of facts which is to be expected, and the lack of character development, another criticism I have is that I could not grasp a sense of time. The chapters are divided by dates and those are the only clues we have as to what year we were in. When time passed or the author jumped a few years, we actually didn't know it unless you were paying attention to the chapter's dates. I am also sure that there were other minor facts that are misconstrued in the novel, (like dates and people involved in what conspiracy) but I am not that much of a stickler for remembering odd dates and places. I think that Phillippa Gregory wanted to keep us entertained, and since I am forever in awe of the period, and she accomplishes that.

I am sorry for the very long drawn out review, this was a hard one to do because I didn't want to give the twists away, but I wanted to try and explain my reactions to the book. And it's not every day I review a Phillippa Gregory book, so instead of deleting all the rambling discussion in the middle here I just kept it in to be true to myself. I realize only 2 of you read it, and I look forward to your responses. Suffice it to say, I enjoyed reading the novel, it was fascinating to read the plot development twists that the author fashioned and helped quench my thirst for more information on Elizabeth Woodville. I do not think that those who wish for more accuracy in their historical reads will thoroughly enjoy this one. The fact that we will never truly know what happened in many instances is still evident, but this is still a worthwhile read for those who enjoy historical fiction that is meant to entertain. The author does well with not tying up loose ends, so we are eager for her next installment. And for those that are not that up-to-speed on The Wars of The Roses, this is a fabulous introduction to one of the views of the period. Just as "The Other Boleyn Girl" beguiled many new fans of the era, and perhaps even started the Tudors media frenzy, I can only hope that this novel also spurs on the debates about The Wars of The Roses. A fabulous time period full of battles, love, treachery, you really should not miss this read.

If you have also read this book, then I direct you to Phillipa's not exactly live website here (at time of my reviewing) but you really need to be wary if you have not read the book, as it contains serious spoilers. Otherwise for those who received an ARC like I did, this is a good replacement for the Author's note that we enjoy so much. There is also a group read occurring August and September on Goodreads. It will be separated out by chapters so that you will not get hit with any spoilers. This would have been delightful for me as I was reading it, as sometimes I was bursting at the seams with incredulity, yet other times I was truly aching for Elizabeth's loss.

I am hosting a giveaway for an unread copy of the ARC of this novel which reached me par avion from the UK which is always fun, but this is for USA addresses only. The ARC is shown in the picture shown above. In order to qualify as an entry, you must do all of the following. (You do NOT need to leave separate comments):

1. Follow This Blog via Google (See sidebar, or the very top of page under your toolbar)

2. Comment with your Email Address telling me if you have read any Phillipa Gregory Books and what your opinion is of them/her.

After all the above is complete, you may:

3. Plus One Entry for a Twitter, Facebook, Blog post or sidebar blurb mentioning this Giveaway with a link back to this review. You must also post the link to where I can find your post doing this. You can also borrow this handy dandy graphic to post it, just don't forget to link it to here:


Contest Ends: Friday, August 14th 7:00PM CST; I will email the winner who has 48 hours to respond.

66 Witty Commenters Here:

Jaime said...

Already a follower :)
my email address is jaime.huff1@gmail.com. I have read nearly all of Phillipa Gregory's books and love them! She breathes life back in to these long dead historical figures.

Here's my twitter entry: http://twitter.com/Historyslover/status/3112503931

dolleygurl said...

I am already a follower and my email is dolleygurl@hotmail.com. I posted on my blog sidebar here http://themaidenscourt.blogspot.com/. I have read The Constant Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance and The Queen's Fool. I love how her characters all seem so real and make you want to keep reading even after it has ended.

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
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I am a follower of this blog

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
weloveourdogs@juno.com

You know I haven't read anything from the Aurthor but I WANT too READ this book quiet badly It looks so Good. I love the cover art too!!

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
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I follow you on twitter & I twitted about this contest http://twitter.com/BurtonReview/status/3112309387

Shawna said...

Shawna Lewis
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I posted it on Facebook
http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=21955090502&ref=ts#/posted.php?id=1259591812&share_id=112201733356&comments=1&ref=nf#s112201733356

misfitandmom said...

Not here to enter, I will wait for the library copy. Thanks for plugging the group read at Goodreads. It should be lively and we have several members very well versed on this period.

MJ said...

I follow. I haven't read any of her books...yet.:)

mj.coward[at]gmail.com

Marie said...

Great review! No need to enter me in the giveaway as I already have a copy and now can't wait to read it!

Allie ~ Hist-Fic Chick said...

Thanks so much for hosting this! I forgive Philippa Gregory's historical inaccuracies because, like you, she was the one to first introduce me to historical fiction and now its pretty much all I read...I've read The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Virgin's Lover, The Constant Princess, and The Other Queen. I always research characters afterward for inconsistencies so I wouldn't say she's doing us a disservice for writing in an entertaining way, although I do tend to prefer when novels stick to the facts. The only book I've ever read about the Plantagenets is Katherine by Anya Seton, so I think this would be the perfect one to read next.

I'm already a follower, and I added this to the sidebar of my blog:

http://histficchick.blogspot.com/

Histficchick@gmail.com

RachieG said...

I'm a follower! :)

I like Phillipa Gregory. She has a neat way of showing the story that has historical significance while also making it romantic and heart breaking. Her portrayal of Anne Boleyn was exceedingly poignant.

rachie2004 @ yahoo (dot) com

Linda said...

I've read the Gregory books from the Tudor era, The Other Boleyn Girl was a springboard into the Historical Fiction genre. I tend to question Gregory's historical accuracy, but am still anxious to read this book. Thanks for the giveaway. And I'm a follower.
lcbrower40(at)gmail(dot)com

Pam said...

I'm already a follower. I haven't yet read a Philippa Gregory book though I have a few of them on my wishlist. I'd love to make this my first one!

melacan at hotmail dot com

Meghan said...

No need to enter me, as I have an ARC of my very own. =) I did read your entire review though, mostly because I'm genuinely interested in what you thought. It bugs me that PG strays so far from historical fact (and then movies are made from her books which are even worse) but I know she can tell a good story. Still, I'm cringing a little now that she's moving into *my* area of research. I can't fault her exactly for making the Woodvilles real witches because everyone will know that's not true, but I'm wondering what else will pop up to annoy me. I'll be reading it soon, so I'm sure I'll find out. I hope the story can outweigh the problems!

Ms. Lucy said...

Hi Marie- FANTASTIC review...so thorough and I absolutely want to read this!

Unfortunately I don't qualify fpr the giveaway being from that faraway land called Canada...(even the publishers denied me that- otherwise I would have been one of the 3 amongst you-Arleigh tried..)

Anyway, I will still twitter for you:)
Hugs

Susan Higginbotham said...

Great review! As you know, I'm curious about this one, but I think I'll get it from my library and let the giveaway go to a better home.

Bridget said...

Just posted about this on Win A Book. No need to enter me.

Marie Burton said...

I would love to have a discussion but mean spirited immature comments do no belong on my blog and will be deleted. Post wherever else you want, its your world. Don't make me a part of it.

trish wilson said...

For the benefit of those who don't know I have today on You-Tube slapped down Phillipa Gregory not once but five times.

Isn't there something in the States called the Freedom of Information Act?

trish wilson said...

For the benefit of those who don't know I have today on You-Tube slapped down Phillipa Gregory not once but five times.

Isn't there something in the States called the Freedom of Information Act?

Marie Burton said...

"This act allows for the full or partial disclosure of previously unreleased information and documents controlled by the United States Government. The Act defines agency records subject to disclosure, outlines mandatory disclosure procedures and grants nine exemptions to the statute."

Tell me, Trisha, how this applies to a book review? Would you mind informing us what you are referring to, so that we can better understand each other?

The Anne Boleyn Files said...

I agree with Marie, Trish, please tell us what you are referring to and why you would "slap down" Philippa Gregory, she's simply an historical novelist!

Sarah said...

Thanks for the review, Marie! I'll be reading this for myself in the next couple of weeks.

As Marie mentioned, the FOIA applies to records of US federal government agencies.

S. Krishna said...

Great review! No need to enter me because I already have this book to review. I love Philippa Gregory, but I think it's important to remember that her work is fiction. Like you said, I know her books get some people riled up, but I think she is a talented writer and while I don't always agree with her interpretation of history, she certainly writes interesting books!

Misfit said...

**scratches head***

What does a book review have to do with the Freedom of Information Act?

Sara said...

Just signed up to be a follower. I have read Boleyn Girl, Boleyn Inheritance (very good), Constant Princess, Queen's Fool, The Virgin's Queen. I also have The Other Queen waiting to be read. I think Gregory is wonderful, even if she doesn't stick to the facts she sure enlivens interest in the history behind her stories. I also just finished a non-fiction book on Richard the III and was estatic to find out PG is doing War of the Roses.

PS-Really cool that Susan Higginbotham commented on your blog too!
Thanks.
Skkmiller (at) live (dot) com

trish wilson said...

Marie

Why don't you chill out and then check out what I did say on You Tube and why?

Emily said...

I have read A Respectable Trade and really enjoyed it! Phillipa Gregory has a knack for making a story come to life.

emily.wittenberg@gmail.com

I am a follower.

Alaine - Queen of Happy Endings said...

Hi Marie, fantastic review, can't wait to read this book!

trish wilson said...

What a chapter of amazing coincidences.

Not only was I born under the sign of the Ox but Georgette Heyer happens to be one of my fave authors only one of six.

For the record the remaining five are Conan Doyle, Wilde, Sayers, Stephen King and MR James

Anonymous said...

Trish Wilson,

You make no sense whatsoever! How is Marie, or anybody for that matter, going to access your YouTube video without a link? Secondly, with your ranting and raving over who-knows-what, who would want to view it anyway?

Your blog makes no sense... you make absolutely no sense... and I think you should expend your energies elsewhere!

Sheri

Beverly said...

Yes, I have some of the suthor's work and have enjoyed the books that I have read. They are very engaging historical fiction.

Please enter me in the contest

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lizzy J said...

Loved the review! Please add me to the contest. I have it up in my sidebar, twittered it also. My email is elizabethjohnsonart@yahoo.com

I love all her books even if they can stray a bit.

Htttp://www.historicallyobsessed.com

BUSY BEE said...

I already follow!

bsyb100 at gmail dot com

I loved the "other boleyn girl" and really liked it. I would love the chance to read some of her other work too.

thanks

Alyce said...

I follow your blog.

First let me say that I am impressed with the in depth post that you wrote - it must have taken a lot of time and effort.

I haven't read a Philippa Gregory book yet, but I do have one on my shelves waiting to be read. I've heard great things about most of her books.

akreese (at) hotmail (dot) com

lizzy J said...

Holy Cow I just realized that I was not following you this whole time! I completely messed up.

I just became a follower.

I am ashamed.

Valorie said...

I am a follower.

And I've never read any of her novels, but I am slowly collecting them because I have heard that she's good and I want to be able to bulk read her stuff.

Blogged: http://www.morbid-romantic.net/2009/08/05/book-giveaways-08-03-08-09/.

Valorie
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bookreviewsbybobbie said...

Hi Marie,

Thank you for the review; it's very detailed and thought provoking. :)

It looks like "someone" is having some difficulty enjoying your reviewing style. Try not to take it to heart; we can't please everyone.

Thanks for commenting on my review of The White Queen. :)

Take care,

-Bobbie

MoziEsmé said...

I would love to read this and get my own opinion of Philippa Gregory - I had no idea she was so controversial! :) Thanks for a thorough review.

janemaritz at yahoo dot com

Serenaf66 said...

I adore Philippa Gregory and have read all her books. I met her once and she signed a book 'for my greatest fan Serena'- sigh !
Can't wait to read The White Queen
my email addy serena.fitzgerald@sky.com

Anna said...

I've never read anything by Philippa Gregory, but I've heard good things about her books. This one sounds fascinating to me, as I've never read anything about this time period.

I'm already a follower, and I've added the giveaway to my sidebar.

--Anna
Diary of an Eccentric
diaryofaneccentric at hotmail dot com

trish wilson said...

As the saying is 'Walk into my parlour said the Spider to the Fly'

Thanks for walking into mine. For the record I don't rant and rave. Why should I when you and so many of your fellow contributors do it so much better than I ever could?

Arleigh said...

Marie, I think you have a troll.

"In Internet slang, a troll is someone who posts controversial, inflammatory, irrelevant or off-topic messages in an online community, such as an online discussion forum, chat room or blog, with the primary intent of provoking other users into an emotional or disciplinary response or of otherwise disrupting normal on-topic discussion."

Ignore it and it will go away eventually. It thrives on responses, so just starve it to death with silence ;)

Marie Burton said...

Thank you Arleigh for that bit of wisdom.
It's a shame because I am really an open-minded person and I would love to have an intelligent conversation. It helps to know why one is so upset in the first place.

misfitandmom said...

Arleigh's advice is the best. PDNFTT. Please do not feed the trolls.

Sheila (bookjourney) said...

Excellent review! I love Philippa Gregory and would be thrilled to read this book!

Our book club read The Other Boleyn Girl last year and it won our best book of the year as well. I went on to read The Boleyn Inheritance and The Queens Fool.

For the record - I like the cover of your book better than the released one too.

Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!

teabird said...

I'm already a follower - I like the other cover, too! - but whichever cover, I'd love to read this.

teabird17 @@ at @@ yahoo dot com

teabird said...

p.s. - I haven't read any of her books yet, but -- I shall!

Susan said...

I'm now following you! susan dot kelley at sbcglobal dot net

I have only read The Other Boleyn Girl, but I did enjoy it very much. The author who actually got me started on historical fiction was Anya Seton with her book Katherine.

I also tweeted your giveaway: http://twitter.com/jezebelsk/statuses/3186465353

Thanks for the great giveaway!

Rachel said...

I've read all of Gregory's novels about royalty and I thought they were great before I read other historical fiction. I still like her work, I just have found better novels since.

Thanks for the giveaway!

Rachelhwallen@gmail.com

Esme said...

I am a follower-I have started The Other Boleyn Girl.

I also read your Sunday Salon-isn't being honest what a review is all about.

I liked your review.

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Bonnie said...

I am a follower.

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I have read several earlier Philippa Gregory books and have enjoyed them. They may have some historical inaccuracies but the stories are well told and well written.

I added your graphic button on my sidebar under Other Blog Giveaways with details and a link to get here at my blog Redlady's Reading Room

Thanks for a wonderful giveaway!!

Belinda M said...

1. I follow your blog

2. I have not read any of Phillipa Gregory`s books



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Susie Tudor Daughter said...

Hi Marie~ I follow, I love your blog!!! I have read several of Phillipa Gregory's books, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance were my favorites. I have been waiting with anticipation for The White Queen.
Thanks

Ladytink_534 said...

I've read The Queen's Fool and The Other Bolyen Girl but I haven't managed to pick up any others as of yet. I'd love a chance to read this one though!
Ladytink_534(at)yahoo(dot)com

Jenny Girl said...

OMG with the review Marie! I have never read such a through review in all my life.
I bow to your awesomeness my exalted reviewer friend :)

Please enter me in this contest. P. Gregory also introduced me into the world of histortical fiction, and while she may not always be completely truthful, her stories make me want to seek out the truth. Other Boleyn Girl and Queen's Fool I enjoyed. The Virgin's Lover, not so much because I didn't like the depiction of QE I.

Regarding the witch theory, there was another set of books that also explored the Woodville witch connection, although it dealt with time travel. The books were by Garcia y Robertson, and the first was Knight Errant. Modern day chick goes back to that time falls in love w/Edward IV, but Woodville is there, blah, blah, blah. The theory works under the time travel premise.
Either way I would love to read this book. Sorry to read about troll too!

gaby317 said...

Please enter me in the contest!

I'm a follower.

I've read a few of Philippa Gregory's novels and enjoyed them very much. I'm sure that I'd enjoy The White Queen as well!

Thanks so much for the entry.

+ 1 I'll post a link to this contest on my blog's sidebar.

http://startingfresh-gaby317.blogspot.com/

gaby317nyc AT gmail DOT com

heatherzilla said...

I have read books by Philippa Gregory. "The Other Boleyn Girl" is my favorite, probably because it is the first book I read by Philippa Gregory.

I am a follower.

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Carol W. said...

I am a new follower.
I've read many of Philippa Gregory's books, and when I reach the end of one of her novels, I eagerly await the next.

wolfcarol451(at)gmail(dot)com

mannequin said...

Here's a link to my blog post in which I divulge the location of the giveaway I hope no one else enters because I really, really want to win.

Yes, I use run on sentences for emphasis.


http://fracturedtoy.blogspot.com/2009/08/wild-world-wide-web-giveaways.html

Grad School Mommy said...

what an incredibly detailed review! that's impressive! that would have taken me a week to develop -- so thank you and kudos. :)

first things first: i follow via Google.

yes, i've read Gregory's novels before -- my favorite being "The Other Boleyn Girl." I appreciate her for her ability to tell the unusual story, to take a kernel of what's been told before and to insert her twist on the historical record. So, it's her storytelling versus her writing that I find most compelling... and I enjoy her work alot. When I want something a bit "meatier" in terms of research, I turn to Anya Seton, Rosalind Miles, or Allison Weir. But I really like what Gregory brings to each of her stories.

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mannequin said...

Hi and thanks for the giveaway!
I'm a follower and yes, Philippa Gregory is on my bookshelf and the pages are already worn. I've read five of her books and I love her writing.
I'm fully aware as would anyone be that she is a historical novelist. I'm aware that not everything can be held historically accurate also.

What Ms. Gregory has done is to give us delightful reading and for me, given me the incentive and curiosity to brush up on my history and study the Tudor period.

Gwendolyn B. said...

Marie: I'm becoming desperate to read this book! It will be my first Philippa Greggory novel. ('bout time, huh?)Thanks for the chance to win this.

I'm a Follower.

Here's my Tweet: http://twitter.com/ASeaOfBooks/status/3312849216

geebee.reads AT gmail DOT com

virginiebarbeau said...

Hi there! I'm a follower. I love Philippa's books. She is who got me stuck on Historical fiction. I'm also a follower on Twitter and will be tweeting about this giveaway. @FleurDeMar

Henrietta said...

1. I am a new follower

2. I would love to read this book! I have read The Queen's Fool and am dying to read more! The story was just wonderful! I love being transported back to those days! Historical Fiction is my favorite genre.

3. Tweeted the giveaway: http://twitter.com/ahensnest/statuses/3320779760

Thank you for this great giveaway!

Dar said...

Fantastic review Marie. This was a book I could have written pages on I think. There was just so much going on and it was all good. I can't wait for the next one!