Brother turns on brother to win the ultimate prize, the throne of England, in this really dazzling account of the wars of the Plantagenets. They are the claimants and kings who ruled England before the Tudors, and now Philippa brings them to life through the dramatic stories of the secret players, the indomitable women, starting with Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen.
This book tells the story of this woman of extraordinary beauty and overarching ambition who, catching 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 sons become central figures in a mystery that has confounded historians for centuries the missing princes in the Tower of London whose fate is unknown even now. Philippa's research enhances the enigma of this most famous unsolved mystery of English history.
About the Author
Philippa Gregory (b. 9 January 1954 in Nairobi, Kenya) is a British award winning writer of historical novels since 1987, the best known of which is The Other Boleyn Girl (2001).
Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl which was made into a TV drama, and a major film. Now, six novels later, she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.
She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire where she keeps horses, hens and ducks. Visitors to this site, PhilippaGregory.com become addicted to the updates of historical research and the progress of ducklings.
Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for almost 200 in the primary schools of this very dry and poor African country, and thousands of school children have been able to learn market gardening in the school gardens watered by the wells. The charity also provides wells for womens' collective gardens and for The Gambia's only agricultural college at Njawara.
A past student of Sussex university, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh university, her love for history and commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing. She also reviews for the Washington Post, the LA Times, and for UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from this website, PhilippaGregory.com.
Philippa Gregory Books
- The Kingmaker's Daughter
- The Other Queen