THE WHITE PRINCESS
This is the book Gregory fans have anticipated: the story of Elizabeth of York , the White Queen’s daughter, mistress of Richard III, wife to Henry VII, mother of Henry VIII and the person to heal England following the War of the Roses. In many ways this is the most fascinating and complex of the series — not only in history, but in the psychological makeup of the characters, the politics of the era and the blending of actual and reimagined history. Gregory makes everything come to life; the reality is so strong that readers are sure to take sides and argue their beliefs when the story is done. This is why Gregory is a queen of the genre.
For two decades, the houses of Lancaster and York have been at war. When Henry Tudor unexpectedly defeats Richard III at the battle of Bosworth Field he inherits a country divided. He knows he must marry Elizabeth of York to reunite England. Elizabeth mourns Richard, her lover, and prays for the return of her brothers — the lost princes in the Tower. She is a woman torn between the husband she is coming to love and the boy who appears claiming to be her brother. Elizabeth is afraid that if Henry kills the pretender, then he, too, will die. How can she reconcile her emotions and her fear and keep her husband and England safe? (TOUCHSTONE, Aug., 450 pp., $27.99)