Here's an interesting question. Why is it that I have absolutely no interest in the current British royal Family (the Queen bores me, Charles is worse, and I could care less about Harry, Will, Kate or the baby, and my wife had never forgiven me for my indifference regarding Diana Spencer), but British History (with capitals, yes) captivates me. Will I care more about Charles, Prince of Wales when he's been dead 500 years? Interesting to ponder, yes?
In any event, I have really enjoyed Philippa Gregory whose prestigious output has been a gift to all us British history buffs and summer readers. I have previously reviewed The Other Boleyn Girl, and have read a number of others, including The Constant Princess, and The Queen's Fool and am currently listening to The Red Queen from Audible.com. Well written, good main character development, always enough drama and romance. Now, for the life of me I could not tell you how accuate the history really is and I will admit that I have heard that some of the books published between The Other Bolelyn Girl and The White Queen were perhaps of lesser quality. However, the White Queen is well written and holds the reader's interest.
The protagonist, Elizabeth Woodville (once Elizabeth Woodville Grey), Queen of England, a Lancastrian maid married to the usurper King Edward IV of York is portrayed quite sympathetically (as is her mother, Jocquetta) and her progression from widow to secret marriage to Queen of England to deposed monarch in hiding is made interesting and with a degree of anticipation, even knowing the real history. Edward IV is also portrayed sympathetically - a good king with earthy appetites, brave and courageous with a will to rule. Edward's brothers are somewhat less sympathetically drawn - George, Duke of Clarence is a duplicitious, scheming, overly ambitious turncoat and Richard, Duke of Gloucester (soon to be Richard III of the Princes in the Tower fame ) is a brave, moody, but ambitious and opportunistic lad.
I really liked the character's of Elizabeth and Edward, as I did Mary Boleyn. However, you need not fear that all of the main characters are portrayed sympathetically. I am half way through "The Red Queen" - the story of Margaret Beaufort De La Pole Tudor Stafford Stanley (yes, married 4 times, long story) and can attest to the fact that she is portrayed as shrill, arrogant, ignorant, demanding, and in full belief of her superiority to everyone and favored by God.
My only complaint is how and where she ended the book, but I will leave that to assess for yourselves with no further commment. Overall, the story is a good one to start and Gregory adds entertaining dialogue and intrigue. Particularly interesting is her take on "the Princes in the Tower". It is a good book with which to pass the time.