I've never been much of a student of British history, particularly of all the shifts and changes to the monarchy during the times when several powerful families fought over the crown. This novel, narrated by Anne Neville follows England's history through her eyes as Henry VI has been deposed, Edward IV is now king but her father, Richard Neville the Earl of Warwick, become upset after he secretly marries against his wishes. Her father, the so called kingmaker, is a powerful man and it was with his support that Edward came to the throne in the first place. But the new queen's family, the Woodville's, threaten Richard's power and influence and he eventually decides to work against them and the King Edward. Anne's sister Isobel and Anne herself become pawns in his plans, as he tries to place various men of Royal blood on the throne in Edward's place. Much blood is spilt along the way, and Anne has much heartbreak to endure before eventually becoming a queen as the wife of King Richard III.
I was definitely sucked into Anne's story, Gregory did a great job of creating a character who I felt for as she described the dramatic events of her life. There was of course a lot of drama and intrigue and much changing of sides. I kept turning to the real historical accounts to confirm and clarify some of what I was reading, and I suppose the author can be criticized for not always following history faithfully--though much of what she fiddled about with is disputed so her interpretation can be as valid as anyone's. The mystery of the princes in the tower is not given a clear cut answer, so it appears even Anne--the queen of England at the time--is not entirely sure what happened to them. Some readers may be upset with the author over details like these, I for one appreciated an emotionally engaging story that helped me to learn more about the English monarchy than I ever knew before.
I really enjoyed this one and the different take of Richard III. It followed well with having seen most of (working on it) the video for White Queen. It also hit home as I had just been over to the UK in the early fall and history came alive.
Really enjoyed this book. I am enjoying all the books in this "cousins" series. Although they are fiction, it does help to place the people involved in these events within the context of the times and their relationships to one another. So many books are written about the kings-it is nice to see the story told from the woman's point of view and to understand how the families of the women contributed to the overall history of these times. My only criticism is that I find her family trees to be incomplete for the purposes of understanding all the relationships. I would also appreciate more complete dating on the family trees.
I saved this one for last in the series due to the fact I am not a fan of Anne Neville at all and still am not. None the less this book is very good , interesting and just as spellbinding as the others. I couldn't put it down for the life of me. It brought me to hate Anne even more and added other viewpoints ( no matter how wrong) to the white queen story. As well as all the other characters involved. I was disappointed that it didn't go in to more detail and tell how the relationship between Princess Elizabeth and Richard developed. It did fill in some gaps that the other books left out. All in all a must read whether read in order or not, This series is very good and even more interesting due to the fact that these characters actually lived.
I couldn't put this book down! It is romance, suspense, and history all rolled into a great historical fiction package. The only issue I had was the fact that many of the characters share the same name by lineage. Though characteristic of the time period, it was hard to discern between each "Richard" or "Edward." I recommend this book and this author!
You know Gregory's done her research & writes well, but I found this romantic story of Anne Neville & Richard 3rd curiously uninvolving & not as lavish as it could have been.
(Sadly, I could also see how powerless upper-class medieval women could be.)
Can Phillipa Gregory do any wrong? Well yes. BUT NOT IN THIS ONE! I loved this book and I'm loving every book in the cousins war series almost as much as I loved her Tudor series. Gregory has a great point of view for showing how the women of the time delt with what their husbands, fathers, and brothers were doing.
Gregory's latest book in the Cousins' War series tells the story of Anne Neville, daughter of kingmaker, Richard Neville, who put Edward of York on the throne. Full of romance, intrigue, and conflict, this was an extremely engrossing read. Dare I say it was one of her best books to date!
Brings to life the 15th century royal court of England - from the perspective of the women. Brief lives packed with tragic events. Fascinating that the Richard to whom the heroine is married is the king whose long-lost burial site was recently rediscovered under a parking lot...
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