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La regina della rosa bianca

di Philippa Gregory

Altri autori: Vedi la sezione altri autori.

Serie: Cousins' War (1), I romanzi dei Plantageneti e dei Tudor (2)

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In this account of the wars of the Plantagenets, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, Elizabeth Woodville, catches 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.… (altro)
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    The Sunne in Splendour di Sharon Kay Penman (DevourerOfBooks, kraaivrouw)
    DevourerOfBooks: Perhaps the best historical fiction on The War of the Roses.
    kraaivrouw: This is the one to read about the War of the Roses.
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    Sakerfalcon: Another novel focusing on Elizabeth Woodville.
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    cyderry: this book explains how the Yorkist/Lancaster line split occurred.
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    The Princes in the Tower di Alison Weir (ddelmoni)
    ddelmoni: Non-fiction
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    BookshelfMonstrosity: Both lushly descriptive, compelling historical fiction series take place in Tudor-era England. Strong, well-developed female protagonists anchor these character-driven stories full of romantic drama, royal intrigue, and evocative period atmosphere.… (altro)
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Who hasn't heard of the War of the Roses? (And I don't mean that cheesy movie from the late '80's! - ha ha) Well, sit back and put yourself right in the middle of it with this first entry in the "The Cousins' War" series, which takes us back a few generations before the infamous Henry VIII and the Tudor Court.

The stunningly beautiful commoner, Elizabeth Woodville, finds herself with little means to support her two children after her husband unexpectedly perishes. Determined to take charge of her future, she runs out to meet the handsome young king as his cavalcade passes near her home. Enchanted by the golden-haired Elizabeth, King Edward IV of York marries her in secret. Not satisfied with a hidden marriage, Elizabeth and her mother rise to the occasion to obtain Elizabeth her rightful place. Who said history is boring?

If you're a fan of the "Game of Thrones" books or TV series, you'll likely recognize the Yorks and Lancasters in the Starks and Lannisters (even the names are similar!).

I was enchanted by Elizabeth from start to finish, and of her lively Rivers family. I hope you will be too. ( )
  Desiree_Reads | Aug 31, 2021 |
Elizabeth Woodville, a young widow who stands to lose everything after her husband’s death, makes a desperate move and petitions King Edward IV to restore her late husband’s lands to her as he travels the road past her father’s estate. She gets more than she dreamed of when the attraction between her and the king is instant and irresistible. The two marry in a secret ceremony and Edward crowns her the Queen of England.

But the country has been at war for too long. Threats to Elizabeth’s family and children and Edward’s throne crop up at every turn. Can she navigate the treacherous times and keep her loved ones safe?

I read The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory years ago and enjoyed them both. I have some understanding of England’s history under Henry VIII though and I know pitifully little about the Wars of the Roses. That lack affected my enjoyment of The White Queen a bit. There’s a family tree at the beginning but it doesn’t actually show anyone who appears in the book. I was so confused! I still don’t understand why the publisher included that family tree. It might show the beginning of the wars but it wasn’t helpful at all with this period.

There’s a fantastical element woven throughout the novel that I didn’t care for either. Elizabeth is descended from a water goddess, Melusina, so Elizabeth and her mother have magical powers. They cast spells and curses and have strange forebodings. They hear Melusina singing when someone in their family is about to die. I’m making it sound like more of a plot device than it actually was but the fact that the author included it at all bothered me. I love reading fantasy and I don’t generally mind magical realism, but these fantastical touches felt out of place in a book about real people and events.

I liked Elizabeth herself though. Just think about the courage she showed as a woman petitioning the king in person–not in court, but on the side of the road. And that’s just the beginning. When she’s queen, she makes sure to place her family in positions of power too. She learns some of the art of intrigue and dips her toes into those waters to hold onto what’s rightfully hers. The Elizabeth in these pages is a force to be reckoned with.

I did enjoy learning a bit more about this period of history. As events unfolded, I realized that Elizabeth’s sons were the mysterious “Princes in the Tower” (which I only know about because of Sent , a middle grade book). And now that I’ve finished The White Queen, I’m curious to find out how the throne went from the Yorks and Lancasters to the Tudors. This feels like something I should know more about but as an American, England’s vast history is daunting.

Those who know more about this period in history will probably like this more than I did. The history confused me a bit but Elizabeth was a strong character whom I enjoyed reading about. ( )
  JG_IntrovertedReader | Aug 14, 2021 |
Better then the series. Loved it! ( )
  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
Actually read 1/2 of book then set it aside to read others before finishing it. There was too much plotting, battles, to keep me interested. Elizabeth in the beginning was like able but then became a plotting, want royalty at all costs. She claims to care about her kids but more interested in reclaiming the crown. Admired King Edward with his true love of wife while still being constantly horny. Spells with mother were OK with predictions but her own were mean, witchy. Sorry for oldest daughter being used as her pawn. ( )
  kshydog | Dec 13, 2020 |
This is as good as I remember.
By far my favorite Philippa Gregory book since The Other Boleyn Girl.
I read it in about 3 days and I very much liked Elizabeth Woodville and her successes and failures in love, life and family during the Wars of the Roses. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
[A] highly professional, highly enjoyable novel: stylistically plain, rhetorically straightforward, infinitely more interested in drawing readers into the life and immediacy of history than in pedantically mimicking period idioms.
 
Set in the last years of England's infamous Wars of the Roses (so called for the emblems of the competing claimants to the throne: a red rose for the adherents of the House of Lancaster, a white one for the House of York), "The White Queen" deals with the life of Elizabeth, a widowed commoner who married Edward of York (Edward IV) and became not only a queen but one more pawn in the spasmodic, bloody civil war for the English throne.
aggiunto da KayCliff | modificaWashington Post, Diana Gabaldon (Aug 25, 2009)
 
Gregory's exhaustive research, lush detail and deft storytelling are all in top form here, making The White Queen both mesmerizing and historically rich.
aggiunto da Shortride | modificaPeople, Joanna Powell (Aug 24, 2009)
 

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Cottenden, JeffImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
Lee, YuanImmagine di copertinaautore secondarioalcune edizioniconfermato
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In the darkness of the forest the young knight could hear the splashing of the fountain long before he could see the glimmer of moonlight reflected on the still surface. He was about to step forward, longing to dip his head, drink in the coolness, when he caught his breath at the sight of something dark, moving deep in the water. There was a greenish shadow in the sunken bowl of the fountain, something like a great fish, something like a drowned body. Then it moved and stood upright and he saw, frighteningly naked: a bathing woman. Her skin as she rose up, water coursing down her flanks, was even paler than the white marble bowl, her wet hair dark as a shadow.
She is Melusina, the water goddess, and she is found in hidden springs and waterfalls in any forest in Christendom, even in those as far away as Greece. She bathes in the Moorish fountains too. They know her by another name in the northern countries, where the lakes are glazed with ice and it crackles when she rises. A man may love her if he keeps her secret and lets her alone when she wants to bathe, and she may love him in return until he breaks his word, as men always do, and she sweeps him into the deeps, with her fishy tail, and turns his faithless blood to water.

The tragedy of Melusina, whatever language tells it, whatever tune it sings, is that a man will always promise more than he can do to a woman he cannot understand.

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Richard on my other side kneels too and mutters, as if he cannot be heard, "Is this the king? Really? He is the tallest man I have ever seen in my life!"

"Know this: ... we put into your dark depths this curse, that whoever took our firstborn son from us, that you take his firstborn son from him.... take his murderer's son while he is yet a boy ... And then take his grandson too ... and this is payment for the loss of our son."
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In this account of the wars of the Plantagenets, a woman of extraordinary beauty and ambition, Elizabeth Woodville, catches 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.

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