The White Princess – Philippa Gregory

The White Princess is Elizabeth of York, last seen embarking on liaisons dangereuses with Richard III, now facing up to the prospect of marrying his rival, Henry VII.

Excellent telling of the transition from The Wars of the Roses to The Tudors – and how rocky this first reign of the new dynasty was.

As with The Constant Princess, Philippa Gregory’s versions of history reveal realities that had previously passed me by. In The Constant Princess it was just how long Henry VIII and Katherine of Aragon were married (24 of his 38 years on the throne), and in The White Princess it was how long and strong was the threat posed by Perkin Warbeck, who claimed to be Richard of York, the younger of the Princes in the Tower and Elizabeth of York’s brother.

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