Publisher: Simon and Schuster, August 2013
There is a whole army of readers who live for these historical-English-monarchy-style books. I’m not one of them. I don’t know why, I guess I just never got started. But, thanks to my book club friends, I can now say I have read one – The White Princess.
I’m going to tell you a little bit about the story, but I want you to understand that I am not an expert in this English history stuff – or even slightly knowledgeable. So, bear with me as I give you my version of what happened in England in the late 1400s, as learned while reading The White Princess:
Elizabeth, of the House of York, is the White Princess. She is the daughter of a former king, who is now dead. She fell in love with King Richard III, who she hoped to marry – as soon as his wife dies. But Richard III was killed by an army of men paid by people who want Henry Tudor to be the king.
Henry Tudor and his scheming mother take power, but they are not satisfied. The problem is that most of the people in the country don’t like Henry. Also he learns that a son of the previous king (Elizabeth’s brother) may still be alive. It’s rumored that he was whisked away as a boy and has been in hiding ever since.
This missing prince really bothers Henry a lot. To help cement his control, Henry (and his mother) decide that he must marry Elizabeth. He doesn’t really want to, nor does she want to marry him, but, to protect their individual families and for the good of the country, they agree to marry.
They beginbbb as a loveless marriage, but Elizabeth gradually grows to understand