Monday, April 6, 2015
THE WHITE QUEEN and THE RED QUEEN - both by Philippa Gregory
THE WHITE QUEEN
THE RED QUEEN
I listened to the audio versions of Philippa Gregory’s Tudor era books, The White Queen and The Red Queen. Both books tell the story of the War of the Roses. The White Queen, however, tells the story from the viewpoint of Elizabeth Woodville, wife of King Edward of York, the Plantagenet king. The Red Queen, on the other hand, tells the story from the viewpoint of Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry Tudor, the Lancaster heir and future King Henry VII.
As I have said in reviews of other books by Gregory, she tells the same story from the points of view of different people. Although this provides different perspectives on the story, the fact remains that it renders her works quite repetitive. Despite this shortcoming, Gregory’s books do leave the reader with insights into the personalities of the characters she uses to narrate the story.