Throwback Thursday involves me picking a book I’ve previously read to talk about, today I’m going to discuss The White Queen by Philippa Gregory.
Internationally bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings the tumult and intrigue of The Wars of the Roses to vivid life through the women of the House of Lancaster and the House of York, beginning with the story of Elizabeth Woodville, the White Queen. A woman who won the love of a king and ascended to royalty by virtue of her beauty, Elizabeth fought tenaciously for the success of her family — her daughter who would one day unite the warring dynasties, and her two sons whose eventual fate has confounded historians for centuries: the Princes in the Tower. An active player in the power struggles that surrounded her, she made hard and courageous choices, always trying to protect those whom she loved. Informed by impeccable research and framed by her inimitable storytelling skills, Philippa Gregory gives an unforgettable voice to an extraordinary woman at the heart of a devastating conflict
The White Queen was the first of Philippa’s books that I picked up & it took me on an adventure through almost every single one of her releases (since new releases have been made I’ve now got 4 of her books left to read); I’ve always found the Tudors interesting, so finding a book that was about King Henry VIII’s grandmother, who was rumoured to be a witch & supposedly pulled a knife out on her future husband King Edward IV, got me really, really excited. I totally fell in love with ELizabeth Woodville & to date she is still my favourite English Queen. Philippa’s books were the first adult historical fiction books I ever dived into & her work changed me forever.
As I said previously, I’ve always found the Tudor’s interesting, but being able to learn through fiction, using Phillipa’s books, about people before King Henry VIII came along, got me even more excited about this period of history. Reading Philippa’s books even led me to take a module on the English Renaissance in my first year of university – a module that stretched from the start of the 100 Years War (just before King Edward IV & Elizabeth Woodville’s time) up until the death of Queen Elizabeth I; this module allowed me to learn what was fact & what was rumour, & my grades for this module were the best out of all of my modules in my first year.
One day I hope I can go back to university to study history properly, but for now I continue to get into periods of history via. historical fiction, & if I get attached to a certain period I do everything I can to learn the real facts. Right now I am focusing a lot on Asian history, which started when I read Yeonmi Park’s biography, & I’m also making sure I learn more about World War 2. History is so, so important to me & I wish the teaching in school had been better so that my passion for it could have been unlocked sooner – who knows what my career path may have looked like if it had been.