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Has anybody else read this book. I am about half way through and am wondering whether I have the patience to finish it. I like the story being told virutally from Elizabeth Woodville's point of view and am pleased to get to grips with the turmoil surrounding the reign of Edward IV. However, it is the repetition of information that is driving me up the wall. If I have to read yet again about the piece of paper she has secreted with the names of the men who killed her father and brother I think I will spit!!! And that is not the only piece of information that is repeated over and over again. Is it only me, or has anyone else noticed this?

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Just thought I would report the fact that I did finish this book. Despite the fact that I learnt quite a lot about what went on during the reign of Edward IV, especially seeing it from the point of view of his Queen, I still could not get away from the repetition nature of the narrative. Bits of information about what had gone before, the attitude of people, her view of them, etc., just did not need to be repeated in such detail so many times I felt. If those repetative statements were edited out, the 400 pages would probably come down to 350 and, for me anyway, would be a much more enjoyable book.

 

Having said all that, Gregory illustrated the historical characters well, bringing to life the intrigue and aspirations of the York and Lancastrian clans and those surrounding them. I particularly liked the way Gregory weaves such an interesting story about the princes in the Tower of London and the possible events of that time.

 

I believe the next book in the trilogy comes out later this year - The Red Queen - but I am not sure I will rush to buy this in hardback!

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I finished my copy of The White Queen two days ago.

 

I see where your coming from with the repetition, all the messengers coming by the sanctuary repeating the same messages and then she relays it all to her own daughter, so we have to read it twice...

 

But on the whole I do thoroughly enjoy her books and struggle to put them down once started. I like the way her writing flows and the way she brings an element of historical accuracy into it.

 

The Red Queen is out on the 3rd June I believe and I can't wait to get it!!! Although not in hard back....I prefer paper back! Lol.

 

I also bought Wideacre that she wrote as well set in the 18th century and I've read all the Tudor Court novels.

 

Don't suppose anyone knows any other authors that write like her about similar or the same things...It could be interesting to have something to compare them to as its not normally something I read.

 

xxxx :)

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