The Cousins' War Series Is a Must Read!
August 13, 2013
I’m a big fan of historical fiction, especially if it’s based on royal figures in British history. Phillipa Gregory’s books are right up my alley. I have steadily been making my way through her Cousins' War series, which is set during England’s War of the Roses. I just finished The White Princess, which I read in a day, and now I am left wanting more!
The series was released in a certain order (The White Queen, The Red Queen, The Lady of the Rivers, The Kingmaker's Daughter, and The White Princess); however, I would highly suggest reading the series chronologically in order to make sure you don't get confused (The Lady of the Rivers, The White Queen, The Red Queen, The Kingmaker's Daughter, The White Princess).
The White Princess tells the story of Henry VIII’s parents, Henry VII and his wife, Elizabeth of York. Until I started reading this series, I didn’t know much about King Henry VIII’s predecessors; however, their lives were just as scandalous as his! This series is full of murder, mystery, war, and romance. If you are looking for a series with any of these things, I would suggest reading the Cousins' War series! Phillipa Gregory takes an already scandalous but true series of events in history and adds her twist to give the story more depth. For instance, in The White Princess, she weaves a story about what could possibly have happened to the famed Princes in the Tower and the events surrounding their disappearance, as told by their sister, Elizabeth of York. Poor Elizabeth’s father, King Edward IV, dies and her uncle, Richard III, steals the throne. Her younger brothers, rightful heirs to the throne, go missing. Then, Henry Tudor defeats Richard, takes the throne, becoming Henry VII, and marries Elizabeth. Elizabeth never knows for sure what happened to her brothers, but Gregory’s idea of what could have happened is a very good theory!