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Old 06-14-2013, 01:02 PM   #1
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Phillipa Gregory

Is anyone going to read Phillipa Gregory's book The white Princess because I was caught by the high ick factor of the book

The White Princess opens as the news of the battle of Bosworth is brought to Princess Elizabeth of York, who will learn not only which rival royal house has triumphed, Tudor or York, but also which suitor she must marry: Richard III her lover, or Henry Tudor her enemy.

Richard III as her lover when he was in fact her uncle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.philippagregory.com/books/the-white-princess

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Old 06-14-2013, 01:34 PM   #2
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No, but I'm considering watching The White Queen, which premieres on Starz this August. The promos look intriguing.
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Old 06-14-2013, 01:40 PM   #3
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Is anyone going to read Phillipa Gregory's book The white Princess because I was caught by the high ick factor of the book

The White Princess opens as the news of the battle of Bosworth is brought to Princess Elizabeth of York, who will learn not only which rival royal house has triumphed, Tudor or York, but also which suitor she must marry: Richard III her lover, or Henry Tudor her enemy.

Richard III as her lover when he was in fact her uncle!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

http://www.philippagregory.com/books/the-white-princess
I have not read that one but I agree her ick factor can be way too much. I read and like The Other Boylen Girl so I tried a couple of her other books and could not finish either one, too much incest and unlikable characters in general.

OTOH, I was listening to BBC Radio 2 yesterday and they had the stars of The White Queen on, the show sounds interesting and I think I will add it to the DVR queue.
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Old 06-14-2013, 02:42 PM   #4
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I don't think familial dalliances/marriages were too uncommon back then among royalty.
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I don't see the incest as much of an ick factor in these books because it was completely normal for the aristocracy in those times. Yes, it gross, but certainly nothing that would stop me from reading a book. Gregory's Wideacre trilogy has incest between siblings and I still thoroughly enjoyed those books.

I love Philippa Gregory books, but I haven't been too thrilled with the Cousins War series. I read The White Queen and The Red Queen but they were just OK, so I'm not sure if I will be checking out The White Princess. I own The Lady of The Rivers but haven't read it yet.

My favorite Gregory books are The Queen's Fool and The Wise Woman.
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:02 PM   #6
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You live in the UK right? Marriage alliances of that type were commonplace in royal families for hundreds of years!
I've read all her books and am a history buff! I can't wait for the series to come to the States in August!!!
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Old 06-14-2013, 03:09 PM   #7
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I read The Other Bolyen years ago. If I remember correctly, the girl was sleeping with her brother and had a mutant baby.

I read The White Queen in April or May.
It seems marrying family was not uncommon. It also seems there are a lot of marriages and deaths and remarrying, so while they may be family, they aren't always blood family. It also appears the majority of marriages are political, to further the family alliances, and taking a lover is common.

I can't remember if Richard is really her uncle or not. I do remember from The White Queen that her (white queen's) mother in law favored certain sons and said her son that was king was a *******. I believe that was because she wanted a different son crowned king.

Anyway. It's fiction.
And still shelves upon shelves above 50 Shades of Grey.
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You live in the UK right? Marriage alliances of that type were commonplace in royal families for hundreds of years!
I've read all her books and am a history buff! I can't wait for the series to come to the States in August!!!
Cousins yet uncle and niece no!
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Cousins yet uncle and niece no!
So are you really that sensitive about the subject that you would avoid reading a book by an author that you like. I mean, I know everyone has their limits/fears/phobias and such, but I don't think the author is being overly inaccurate in what may have gone on during that time (historical fiction, notwithstanding). I have to ask if you really sensor things that much because it is offensive what people may have done way back in history.
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Don't read anything about the Egyptian pharaohs! Dads married and slept with their daughters. Sisters and brothers married and slept together too.
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Old 06-14-2013, 07:10 PM   #11
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She is one of my favorite author's I suspect (though could have missed one) you mean The White Queen, it is part of a trilogy. I loved it, but have only ever not liked her first books, the Wild acre (sp?) trilogy.
Her books are very accurate, and full of British history -like others have said. I love history, especially the Tudor period.
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Her books are very accurate, and full of British history -like others have said. I love history, especially the Tudor period.
I really enjoy her books, but they are pretty far from accurate. Still very enjoyable, though.
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She is one of my favorite author's I suspect (though could have missed one) you mean The White Queen, it is part of a trilogy. I loved it, but have only ever not liked her first books, the Wild acre (sp?) trilogy.
Her books are very accurate, and full of British history -like others have said. I love history, especially the Tudor period.
Phillipa Gregory is one of my favorites too. The White Princess will be released next month. I can't wait!
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I wanted to pop back on this thread and suggest Anita Diamant. I read The Red Tent years ago and last month read Day After Night. They are also historical/biographical fiction and an easier read. Sometimes I get confused reading Phillipa Gregory, especially with repeating names and who is related to or hates who, etc.
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So are you really that sensitive about the subject that you would avoid reading a book by an author that you like. I mean, I know everyone has their limits/fears/phobias and such, but I don't think the author is being overly inaccurate in what may have gone on during that time (historical fiction, notwithstanding). I have to ask if you really sensor things that much because it is offensive what people may have done way back in history.
I find that she fails in her books because she is writing from to much of a modern slant (plus she really isn't very accurate at all). She has taken rumours that even in these times where proved wrong to write modern books. In the film the other boleyn girl her sister begs for her life. Mary didn't nor would she have done anything that stupid as her neck would have been next.


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