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Philippa Gregory - Author

About the Author

Philippa Gregory was our Guest Editor in October 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing.

Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the international bestseller The Other Boleyn Girl, which became a major film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. Several books later, she is looking at the family that precedes The Tudors in the The Cousins' War series, which was televised by the BBC as The White Queen.

Philippa's other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for several hundred wells for the primary schools of this poor African country. A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year at Edinburgh University, her love of history is the hallmark of her writing. She lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire. 

Author photo copyright: Johnny Ring.

 

Featured books by Philippa Gregory

The Last Tudor

The Last Tudor

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Paperback Release Date: 08/02/2018

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Three Sisters, Three Queens

Three Sisters, Three Queens

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Paperback Release Date: 21/02/2017

There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other. When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined - with Margaret's younger sister Mary - to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France. United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret's boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret's proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others. As they experience betrayals, dangers, loss and passion, the three sisters find that the only constant in their perilous lives is their special bond, more powerful than any man, even a king.

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Three Sisters, Three Queens

Three Sisters, Three Queens

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Hardback Release Date: 09/08/2016

There is only one bond that I trust: between a woman and her sisters. We never take our eyes off each other. In love and in rivalry, we always think of each other. When Katherine of Aragon is brought to the Tudor court as a young bride, the oldest princess, Margaret, takes her measure. With one look, each knows the other for a rival, an ally, a pawn, destined - with Margaret's younger sister Mary - to a sisterhood unique in all the world. The three sisters will become the queens of England, Scotland and France. United by family loyalties and affections, the three queens find themselves set against each other. Katherine commands an army against Margaret and kills her husband James IV of Scotland. But Margaret's boy becomes heir to the Tudor throne when Katherine loses her son. Mary steals the widowed Margaret's proposed husband, but when Mary is widowed it is her secret marriage for love that is the envy of the others.

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The Taming of the Queen

The Taming of the Queen

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Paperback Release Date: 25/02/2016

Why would a woman marry a serial killer? Because she cannot refuse...Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him. Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn's trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent. But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry's dangerous gaze turns on her.The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy - the punishment is death by fire and the king's name is on the warrant...

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The Taming of the Queen

The Taming of the Queen

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Hardback Release Date: 13/08/2015

Why would a woman marry a serial killer? Because she cannot refuse...Kateryn Parr, a thirty-year-old widow in a secret affair with a new lover, has no choice when a man old enough to be her father who has buried four wives - King Henry VIII - commands her to marry him. Kateryn has no doubt about the danger she faces: the previous queen lasted sixteen months, the one before barely half a year. But Henry adores his new bride and Kateryn's trust in him grows as she unites the royal family, creates a radical study circle at the heart of the court, and rules the kingdom as Regent. But is this enough to keep her safe? A leader of religious reform and the first woman to publish in English, Kateryn stands out as an independent woman with a mind of her own. But she cannot save the Protestants, under threat for their faith, and Henry's dangerous gaze turns on her. The traditional churchmen and rivals for power accuse her of heresy - the punishment is death by fire and the king's name is on the warrant...

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The King's Curse

The King's Curse

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Paperback Release Date: 12/03/2015

The riveting story of Margaret Pole, daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, and was one of the few surviving members of the Plantagenet dynasty after the Wars of the Roses. Plantagenet, once carried proudly by Margaret like a crown upon her head, is now, at the end of the 15th century, the most dangerous name in England...

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The White Princess

The White Princess

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Paperback Release Date: 27/02/2014

The haunting story of the mother of the Tudors, Elizabeth of York, wife to Henry VII. Beautiful eldest daughter of Edward IV and Elizabeth Woodville - the White Queen - the young princess Elizabeth faces a conflict of loyalties between the red rose and the white. Forced into marriage with Henry VII, she must reconcile her slowly growing love for him with her loyalty to the House of York, and choose between her mother's rebellion and her husband's tyranny. Then she has to meet the Pretender, whose claim denies the House of Tudor itself.

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Other books by Philippa Gregory

Tidelands

Tidelands

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 20/08/2019

THE BRAND NEW SERIES FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different . . . Midsummer's Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands - the marshy landscape of the south coast. Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life. Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor's ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands. `Vivid and beguiling - Philippa Gregory at her best' woman&home 'Tidelands evokes a world of suspense and superstition. Its fascinating fictional heroine, Alinor, is caught in a net of in-between spaces . . . I was completely swept up in this wonderful, immersive story set in the English Civil War when women who lived unconventional lives risked being accused of witchcraft' Tina Jackson, Writing Magazine Praise for Philippa Gregory: `Popular historical fiction at its finest, immaculately researched and superbly told' The Times 'Philippa Gregory is truly the mistress of the historical novel. It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging' Sunday Express `Gregory has popularised Tudor history perhaps more than any other living fiction writer . . . All of her books feature strong, complex women, doing their best to improve their lives in worlds dominated by men' Sunday Times 'Immaculate research, pacy narratives and a stubborn insistence that history is not only about men . . . a powerful reminder of how precarious the lives of the Tudor women could be' Daily Mail

Tidelands

Tidelands

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Hardback Release Date: 20/08/2019

THE BRAND NEW SERIES FROM THE SUNDAY TIMES NUMBER ONE BESTSELLING AUTHOR England 1648. A dangerous time for a woman to be different . . . Midsummer's Eve, 1648, and England is in the grip of civil war between renegade King and rebellious Parliament. The struggle reaches every corner of the kingdom, even to the remote Tidelands - the marshy landscape of the south coast. Alinor, a descendant of wise women, crushed by poverty and superstition, waits in the graveyard under the full moon for a ghost who will declare her free from her abusive husband. Instead she meets James, a young man on the run, and shows him the secret ways across the treacherous marsh, not knowing that she is leading disaster into the heart of her life. Suspected of possessing dark secrets in superstitious times, Alinor's ambition and determination mark her out from her neighbours. This is the time of witch-mania, and Alinor, a woman without a husband, skilled with herbs, suddenly enriched, arouses envy in her rivals and fear among the villagers, who are ready to take lethal action into their own hands. `Vivid and beguiling - Philippa Gregory at her best' woman&home 'Tidelands evokes a world of suspense and superstition. Its fascinating fictional heroine, Alinor, is caught in a net of in-between spaces . . . I was completely swept up in this wonderful, immersive story set in the English Civil War when women who lived unconventional lives risked being accused of witchcraft' Tina Jackson, Writing Magazine Praise for Philippa Gregory: `Popular historical fiction at its finest, immaculately researched and superbly told' The Times 'Philippa Gregory is truly the mistress of the historical novel. It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging' Sunday Express `Gregory has popularised Tudor history perhaps more than any other living fiction writer . . . All of her books feature strong, complex women, doing their best to improve their lives in worlds dominated by men' Sunday Times 'Immaculate research, pacy narratives and a stubborn insistence that history is not only about men . . . a powerful reminder of how precarious the lives of the Tudor women could be' Daily Mail

Virgin Earth

Virgin Earth

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 17/07/2019

Sequel to the outstanding historical novel Earthly Joys, and written by the bestselling Philippa Gregory, the author of The Other Boleyn Girl and The Virgin's Lover. John Tradescant the Younger has inherited his father's unique collection of plants along with his unerring ability to nurture them. But as gardener to Charles I, he confronts an unbearable dilemma when England descends into Civil War. Fleeing from the chaos, John travels to the Royalist colony of Virginia in America. But the virgin land is not uninhabited. John's plant hunting brings him to live with the native people, and he learns to love and respect their way of life just as it is threatened by the colonial settlers. In the new world and the old, the established order is breaking down and every family has to find its own way of surviving. For the Tradescants, through the upheavals of the Commonwealth and the Restoration, this means consolidating their reputations as the greatest gardeners in the country.

The Queen's Fool

The Queen's Fool

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2018

*A stunning new unabridged recording of one of Philippa Gregory's bestselling novels of the Tudor court - available on audio download* 1553. Hannah Green, the young daughter of a Jewish bookseller, is forced out of Spain by the Inquisition, and becomes an unlikely player at the fractious Tudor Court. Her gifts of foresight mean that she is given as a Holy Fool to the newly crowned Mary I. But as Mary's grip on the throne loosens, threatened by the ambitions of her sister, Elizabeth, Hannah is trapped in the deadly rivalry between the daughters of Henry VIII. As a secret Jew and unwitting spy in the struggle between a Catholic queen and a Protestant princess, Hannah must hide her own identity. And as a girl watching a passionate queen and her cold-hearted sister, Hannah must learn how to be a woman. With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind Hannah Green's story.

The Constant Princess

The Constant Princess

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2018

*A stunning brand new unabridged recording* A splendid and sumptuous historical novel from the internationally bestselling author, Philippa Gregory, telling of the early life of Katherine of Aragon. As a little girl Katherine of Aragon was betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of Henry VII of England, and was raised in the palace of the Alhambra, knowing that she would be queen of England. In 1501, the teenage Spanish princess arrives in her new kingdom, but the future is turned upside down with the death of her handsome young husband - only six months after the wedding. Transformed from beloved bride to superfluous widow, Katherine endures hardship and loneliness as the Tudor court slowly squeezes her out of royal circles. But Katherine never forgets her promise to her young husband that she would be a good Queen of England; and Katherine is determined not to fail, even if it means the greatest lie in English royal history... With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind The Constant Princess.

The Virgin's Lover

The Virgin's Lover

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2018

*A stunning new unabridged recording* A sumptuous historical novel set in the court of Elizabeth I, from Sunday Times No.1 bestseller Philippa Gregory, the author of The Other Boleyn Girl. 1558. After years of waiting, Princess Elizabeth accedes to the throne of England. For many, Elizabeth's ascension is a glorious new dawn. Not so for Amy Dudley, whose ambitious husband, Sir Robert, is the acknowledged favourite of the new queen - a queen who must marry to secure her survival. But Robert Dudley has many powerful enemies. And although she is clearly besotted with him, the virgin queen will not risk her hold on the throne. Desire and ambition are unleashed at the court and at her home, Amy Dudley will face the ultimate betrayal. With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind The Virgin's Lover.

The Other Boleyn Girl

The Other Boleyn Girl

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2018

*A stunning brand new unabridged recording* The acclaimed international bestseller of the Tudor court, during the years of Henry VIII's pursuit of Anne Boleyn - and the revolutionary sequence of events that followed. 1521. Young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, maid in waiting and favourite to Queen Katherine of Aragon. Yet Mary catches the eye of the capricious king and - propelled by the ambitions of the powerful Boleyn family - she betrays her queen, and takes her place as Henry VIII's new mistress. But while Mary is in childbed, a rival comes to court - her sister Anne, a young woman ruthless in her drive to become queen. With her own destiny unknown, and the Boleyn enemies gathering, Mary must defy her family - and command her own fate. With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind Mary's story.

The Boleyn Inheritance

The Boleyn Inheritance

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2018

*A stunning new unabridged recording* From the bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl, Philippa Gregory, comes a wonderfully atmospheric evocation of the court of Henry VIII and his final queens. 1539. Anne of Cleves wins the dangerous prize of becoming Henry VIII's fourth wife. From the start, Anne's royal blood, education and fierce intelligence count for nothing as the king pursues young Katherine Howard. Katherine is a pawn in the political manoeuvres of her ambitious family; unprepared for the dangers that await, she steps into their trap. At her side is kinswoman Jane Boleyn, who has served - and betrayed - one queen already: her sister-in-law Anne, who died on Henry's scaffold. Will Jane betray a second queen to the headsman? As the three women's fates entwine in the most volatile court in Europe, each must survive an increasingly tyrannical, murderous king. With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind The Boleyn Inheritance.

The Other Queen

The Other Queen

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/11/2018

*A stunning new unabridged recording.* A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the No.1 bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl. 1568. Mary Queen of Scots, fleeing rebellion in her kingdom, is offered a safe haven by Elizabeth I with George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The arrival of an extravagant queen turns the household upside down, as it becomes clear that the visit is a house arrest. Queen Mary makes Bess' hard-won house a centre for unrest and treason, and - perhaps worst of all - Mary Queen of Scots' fabled beauty starts to work on the Tudor loyalist, Bess' own husband, George. The two women fight for their own rights: Mary to regain the crown and the kingdom of Scotland; Bess to win back her husband and houses. A third woman can decide: Elizabeth the First, and nobody knows how far she will go to protect her own safety. With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind The Other Queen.

Um Reich und Krone

Um Reich und Krone

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 25/09/2018

Drei Schwestern. Drei Leben. Drei Wege zur Macht. JaneKnigin von England fr neun Tage, wird die junge Jane Grey von der Halbschwester des Knigs Mary in den Tower gesperrt und bezahlt fr die Machtgier ihres Vaters auf dem Schafott. KatherineLerne zu sterben, schreibt Jane an ihre lebensfreudige Schwester Katherine - der die unfruchtbare Knigin Mary und dann Knigin Elizabeth niemals zugestehen werden, einen Tudor-Sohn zu gebren. Als ihre Schwangerschaft entdeckt wird, steht sie nur noch wenige Schritte von Janes Los entfernt. MaryMissachtet zu Hofe, meidet die kleinwchsige Mary die misstrauischen Blicke der Knigin. Nach dem Schicksal ihrer Schwestern wird ihr nur allzu bewusst, in welcher Gefahr sie schwebt. Was wird geschehen, wenn die Letzte aus dem Geschlecht der Tudors der skrupellosen Knigin Elizabeth die Stirn bietet?Der letzte Teil der Tudor-Saga.

Earthly Joys

Earthly Joys

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 31/08/2018

Slava iskusnogo sadovnika Dzhona Tradeskanta gremit po vsej Anglii semnadcatogo veka. No bescennym slugoj ego delayut ne masterstvo i bezuprechnyj vkus, a chestnost' i vernost' svoemu gospodinu. Buduchi doverennym licom sehra Roberta Sesila, sovetnika korolya YAkova I, Tradeskant stanovitsya svidetelem togo, kak delaetsya istoriya - ot Porohovogo zagovora do voskhozhdeniya na prestol korolya Karla I i vozrastayushchej vrazhdebnosti mezhdu parlamentom i dvorom. Vskore talanty sadovnika privlekayut vnimanie samogo mogushchestvennogo cheloveka v strane - gercoga Bekingema. On ne pohozh ni na kogo: ehpatazhnyj, besshabashnyj, beskonechno obayatel'nyj. Vse, chto predstavlyalo kogda-to cennost' dlya Tradeskanta - olicetvoreniya anglijskoj poryadochnosti i dobrodeteli, - merknet pered ego predannost'yu gercogu, za kotorym on gotov idti v ogon' i v vodu. Odnako iskrennyaya vera Dzhona v svoego hozyaina postepenno oborachivaetsya razocharovaniem, i zhestokie somneniya, terzayushchie ehtogo udivitel'nogo cheloveka - botanika, sobiratelya redkostej, sozdatelya nastoyashchih sadov EHdema, privodyat k neozhidannoj razvyazke. "e;Zemnye radosti"e; - pervaya kniga dilogii, posvyashchennoj sem'e Tradeskant.

Boleyn Inheritance

Boleyn Inheritance

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2018

Net pokoya golove, uvenchannoj koronoj, skazal SHekspir. Razve chto slozhit' golovu na plahe, i ehto ne bylo redkost'yu v zhestokom veke, kogda Angliej pravil Genrih VIII. Podobno zloj zvezde, on prityagival i gubil tekh, kto volej ili nevolej okazyvalsya v ego okruzhenii. Ne izbezhala strashnoj uchasti i koronovannaya izbrannica monarha Anna Bolejn. Kazniv ee, Genrih zhenitsya na Anne Klevskoj, chej portret kisti Gol'bejna ocharoval ego. Uvy, chayaniya korolya, mechtavshego o semejnom schast'e, snova ne sbylis', i popavshej v nemilost' molodoj koroleve prihoditsya byt' ochen' ostorozhnoj: pri dvore odno nevpopad skazannoe slovo mozhet stoit' zhizni... Mezh tem yunaya frejlina Ekaterina Govard napropaluyu koketnichaet s vsesil'nym monarhom, upivayas' soznaniem togo, chto ona prekrasna i vse muzhchiny na svete zhelayut ee. Ej nevdomek, chto krasota ee sluzhit razmennoj monetoj v rukah tekh, kto umelo vtiraetsya v doverie radi sobstvennoj vygody, kak ehto delaet intriganka Dzhejn Rochford. No ni izvorotlivyj um, ni zhenskie chary ne mogut protivostoyat' vole bezzhalostnogo i nepredskazuemogo korolya Anglii.

Virgin's Lover

Virgin's Lover

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 10/05/2018

Osen'yu 1558 goda vse cerkovnye kolokola vozveshchayut o vosshestvii na anglijskij prestol Elizavety Tyudor - korolevy, dlya kotoroj dolg pered stranoj byl prevyshe vsego. Dlya blestyashchego politika sehra Roberta Dadli vocarenie Elizavety oznachalo to, chto on s pochestyami vozvratitsya ko dvoru. No, poluchiv pochti neogranichennuyu vlast', sehr Robert zavoeval i serdce molodoj korolevy. I teper' ego oburevaet mechta - zhenit'sya na nej i sest' ryadom s Elizavetoj na trone Tyudorov. Emu kazhetsya, chto dlya ehtogo nuzhno reshit'sya vsego lish' na odin shag: izbavit'sya ot lyubyashchej ego zheny... Filippa Gregori - odna iz samyh populyarnyh sovremennyh anglijskih pisatel'nic. Ee blistatel'nye istoricheskie romany ob anglijskih korolyah i korolevah perevedeny na mnogie yazyki, a roman "e;Eshche odna iz roda Bolejn"e; stal mirovym bestsellerom i uspeshno ehkranizirovan s Natali Portman i Skarlett Johansson v glavnyh rolyah.

Queen's Fool

Queen's Fool

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 18/04/2018

Angliya. 1553 god. YUnyj korol' EHduard smertel'no bolen, i stranoj prakticheski pravit gercog Nortumberlendskij, zhelayushchij vozvesti na tron svoego starshego syna. CHetyrnadcatiletnyaya Hanna Grin i ee otec, bezhavshie ot inkvizicii Ispanii, pytayutsya naladit' svoyu zhizn' v Londone. Sluchajno devushka znakomitsya s krasivym i harizmatichnym Robertom Dadli, mladshim synom gercoga. Uznav, chto Hanna obladaet sposobnost'yu predvidet' budushchee, Robert ustraivaet ee shutihoj v svitu korolya i zastavlyaet shpionit' v pol'zu sem'i Dadli. Zatem Hanna igraet te zhe roli pri dvore korolevy Marii, a potom i princessy Elizavety. Pod ugrozoj obvineniya v eresi, izmene i koldovstve Hanna dolzhna vybirat' mezhdu bezopasnoj zhizn'yu prostogo cheloveka i opasnymi intrigami korolevskoj sem'i, kotorye nerazryvno svyazany s ee sobstvennymi stremleniyami i zhelaniyami.