The White Queen is book two in Philippa Gregory’s The Cousin’s War series.  Focusing on the war between York and Lancaster, this book follows Elizabeth Woodville, the woman who would marry King Edward IV and later become Henry VIII’s grandmother.

(A little background here – The Cousin’s War is a time period when two houses, York and Lancaster, fought for control of the throne of England.  Both claimed to be descendents of the house of Plantagenet, the royal house of King Henry VI.  This section of time is also known as The War of the Roses; the heraldic badge for the House of York was a white rose and the heraldic badge for the House of Lancaster was a red rose hence the book titles.)

I really enjoyed this book but it definitely was not one of my favorites.  I’d say it rates a 3.  Gregory did a lot of research on this book and it really shows.  With any book that includes historical characters, the sheer amount of names that float around is staggering.  Keeping track who was the Duke of Buckingham and who had been attainted and then there are the number of children each person had….Yeesh!

One of the cool things about this book is that it was turned into a TV series and is now available on Amazon prime.  I haven’t actually watched it yet, my to-watch queue is longer than I’d like to admit.

Have you seen it?  Tell me what you think in the comments!


Wanna buy?  Find the links to Amazon below!


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