This was my second time reading Philippa Gregory within a two week period. I picked up her book The Lady of the Rivers from the bargain table at my local bookstore on a whim, and quite enjoyed it. When I looked up Lady, I saw it was actually book three in the Cousins' War series, which is currently at six books long. So, I got my hands on number one, The White Queen.
I like this book for the same reasons I love The Mists of Avalon. It's a story about a woman surviving in a man's world. It's a look at a period in history where women have little to no voice. Gregory doesn't condescend to write about these women; she enjoys showing the power they wielded, even if it was from behind a veil.
If you're a fan of historical fiction or period pieces, this book is for you. It's well researched and bewitching. And more importantly, if covers a historical period that's fraught with intrigue and relatively few historical records, providing plenty of opportunity for Gregory to employ her imagination.
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Genre: historical fiction
Copy Source: personal library