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Philippa Gregory - Author

About the Author

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

King's Curse

King's Curse

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 09/09/2014

The final novel in the Cousins War series, the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen, by #1 New York Times bestselling author and the queen of royal fiction (USA Today) Philippa Gregory tells the fascinating story of Margaret Pole, cousin to the White Princess, Elizabeth of York, and lady-in-waiting to Katherine of Aragon.Regarded as yet another threat to the volatile King Henry VIIs claim to the throne, Margaret Pole, cousin to Elizabeth of York (known as the White Princess) and daughter of George, Duke of Clarence, is married off to a steady and kind Lancaster supporterSir Richard Pole. For his loyalty, Sir Richard is entrusted with the governorship of Wales, but Margarets contented daily life is changed forever with the arrival of Arthur, the young Prince of Wales, and his beautiful bride, Katherine of Aragon. Margaret soon becomes a trusted advisor and friend to the honeymooning couple, hiding her own royal connections in service to the Tudors. After the sudden death of Prince Arthur, Katherine leaves for London a widow, and fulfills her deathbed promise to her husband by marrying his brother, Henry VIII. Margarets world is turned upside down by the surprising summons to court, where she becomes the chief lady-in-waiting to Queen Katherine. But this charmed life of the wealthiest and holiest woman in England lasts only until the rise of Anne Boleyn, and the dramatic deterioration of the Tudor court. Margaret has to choose whether her allegiance is to the increasingly tyrannical king, or to her beloved queen; to the religion she loves or the theology which serves the new masters. Caught between the old world and the new, Margaret Pole has to find her own way as she carries the knowledge of an old curse on all the Tudors.

The White Princess

The White Princess

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Paperback / softback 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.

Complete Wideacre Trilogy: Wideacre, The Favoured Child, Meridon

Complete Wideacre Trilogy: Wideacre, The Favoured Child, Meridon

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 13/02/2014

From the author of THE WHITE QUEEN and THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, discover Philippa Gregory's sweeping and passionate epic, The Wideacre TrilogyWIDEACRE is Philippa Gregory's first novel, a tale of passion and intrigue set in the eighteenth century. Wideacre Hall, set in the heart of the English countryside, is the ancestral home that Beatrice Lacey loves. But as a woman of the eighteenth century she has no right of inheritance. Corrupted by a world that mistreats women, she sets out to corrupt others. No-one escapes the consequences of her need to possess the land...In THE FAVOURED CHILD, the Wideacre estate is bankrupt, the villagers are living in poverty and Wideacre Hall is a smoke-blackened ruin. But in the Dower House two children are being raised in protected innocence. Equal claimants to the inheritance of Wideacre, rivals for the love of the village, only one can be the favoured child. Only one can be Beatrice Lacey's true heir.MERIDON is a desolate Romany girl, determined to escape the hard poverty of her childhood. Riding bareback in a travelling show, while her sister Dandy risks her life on the trapeze, Meridon dedicates herself to freeing them both from danger and want. But Dandy, beautiful, impatient and thieving, grabs too much, too quickly. And Meridon finds herself alone, riding in bitter grief through the rich Sussex farmlands towards a house called Wideacre - which awaits the return of the last of the Laceys.

Fools' Gold

Fools' Gold

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 11/02/2014

All that glitters may well be gold in the third book in the Order of Darkness quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.Tasked to expose a coin counterfeiting scheme, Luca and Isolde travel to Venice just in time for Carnival. Amid the masks, parties, and excitement, the romantic attraction between the two reaches a new intensity that neither can deny. Their romance is interrupted by the arrival of the alchemist, who may be the con artist theyve been looking for. But as Luca starts to investigate the original charge, the alchemist reveals his true goalhe plans to create the Philosophers Stone, a mystical substance said to be capable of turning base metals into gold and producing the elixir of life. With pounds of undocumented gold coins and an assistant who claims to be decades older than she appears, all evidence points to the possibility that the alchemist has succeeded in his task. But as Luca and Isolde get closer to the truth, they discover that reality may be more sinister than they ever could have imagined.

constant princess

constant princess

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 08/11/2013

Slova imeyut ves. Slovo - kak kamen', broshennyj v prud: krugi idut po vode, i ne znaesh', kakogo berega oni dostignut. Kogda-to ona skazala odnomu yunoshe: "e;YA tebya lyublyu i budu lyubit' vechno"e;. No ehto byla lozh', i ona byla uverena, chto ej pridetsya derzhat' otvet pered Gospodom, no ne predpolagala, chto pridetsya derzhat' otvet pered lyud'mi. Katalina, doch' velikih ispanskih monarhov Ferdinanda Aragonskogo i Izabelly Kastil'skoj, vyrosla v tverdom ubezhdenii, chto obyazatel'no budet korolevoj Anglii, no put' k britanskoj korone okazalsya truden. I vse zhe ona stala Ekaterinoj Aragonskoj, suprugoj Genriha VIII. No kakovo ehto - byt' zhenoj vzdornogo i samonadeyannogo Genriha? Vse predydushchie knigi Filippy Gregori stali mirovymi bestsellerami, a ee roman "e;Eshche odna iz roda Bolejn"e; byl ehkranizirovan s uchastiem takih zvezd Gollivuda, kak Natali Portman, Skarlett Johansson i EHrik Bana, i stal mezhdunarodnoj kinosensaciej.

Dornenschwestern

Dornenschwestern

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2013

Geliebte Schwester. Erbitterte Rivalin. Der mchtige Herzog Richard Neville, Vater der jungen Schwestern Anne und Isabel, schumt vor Wut. Denn all seinen Einflsterungen zum Trotz hat der liebesblinde Knig Edward IV. weit unter seinem Stand geheiratet - die schne Elizabeth Woodville, eine skandalse Verbindung. Dabei verdankt Edward den Thron ihm allein, ihm, dem "e;Knigsmacher"e;. Heimlich vermhlt Neville seine Tchter mit den nchsten Thronanwrtern, intrigiert, blst zum Angriff auf das Knigshaus - und scheitert. Wie Spielblle katapultiert sein Machthunger die Schwestern als Thronanwrterinnen in die Hhe oder als Landesverrterinnen in den Abgrund. Mit aller Kraft versuchen Anne und Isabel, ihr Schicksal in die eigenen Hnde zu nehmen und den grten Wunsch ihres Vaters zu erfllen: die englische Krone fr einen Knig aus dem Hause Neville. "e;Dornenschwestern ist Philippa Gregory in Hchstform."e; (Associated Press)"e;Gregory ist der Superstar des historischen Romans, und Dornenschwestern zeigt, warum: Diese Autorin bietet ihren Lesern intelligente Unterhaltung und eine Reise in eine bewegte Vergangenheit."e; (Historical Novels Review)"e;Ihre vielen Fans werden die lebendigen Figuren, den ppigen und bewegenden Stil und die faszinierende Geschichte aus Frauenperspektive lieben."e; (Library Journal)"e;Intrigen und Kampf bis zum Tod um Macht und Liebe."e; (Los Angeles Times)"e;Groartige Unterhaltung."e; (New York Daily News)

Philippa Gregory 3-Book Tudor Collection 2: The Queen's Fool, The Virgin's Lover, The Other Queen

Philippa Gregory 3-Book Tudor Collection 2: The Queen's Fool, The Virgin's Lover, The Other Queen

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 12/09/2013

From the bestselling author of THE WHITE QUEEN, now a hit BBC TV production - the last three novels of her Tudor Court series: THE QUEEN'S FOOL, THE VIRGIN'S LOVER and THE OTHER QUEENTHE QUEEN'S FOOL is a stunning novel set in the Tudor court, depicting the rivalry between Queen Mary and her half-sister Elizabeth, played out against a background of betrayal, conflict and passion. Elizabeth's bitter struggle to claim the throne she believes is hers by right, and the man she desires almost more than her crown, is watched by her 'fool': a girl who has been forced to leave her homeland of Spain, as a Jew fleeing the Inquisition. In these dangerous times, a woman must choose between ambition... and love.THE VIRGIN'S LOVER is a sumptuous historical novel set in the court of Elizabeth I, who has acceded to the throne of England, a position she has waited and schemed for all her life. She is surrounded by advisers, all convinced that a young woman cannot form political judgements. Elizabeth feels that she can rely on just one man: her oldest friend, Robert Dudley. As the pressure grows for Elizabeth to marry, her preference is clear, but he is unavailable. But what if the unthinkable were to happen... In a blend of passion, personalities and politics, this is a stunning novel of the Tudor court and a country divided.In the final book of the Tudor Court series, THE OTHER QUEEN is a dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal. Mary, Queen of Scots, is fighting to regain her kingdom whilst under the guard of Queen Elizabeth's trusted accomplice, Bess of Hardwick. Bess is a self-made woman, a shrewd survivor. She is newly married to her fourth and most distinguished husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury. But what marriage can withstand the charms of Mary? Or the threat of rebellion that she always carries?With her characteristic combination of superb storytelling and authentic historical background, Philippa Gregory brings to life this period of great change, in a riveting tale of betrayal, loyalty, politics and passion.

The White Princess

The White Princess

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 01/08/2013

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. Read by Sarah Feathers

The White Princess

The White Princess

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Hardback Release Date: 24/07/2013

From the bestselling author of The Other Boleyn Girl comes 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.

White Princess

White Princess

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 23/07/2013

The newest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author and queen of royal fiction (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory tells the passionate story of Elizabeth of York, daughter of the White Queen, who gets caught in the middle of a battle for the crown of England. The White Princess opens as the news of the battle of Bosworth is brought to Princess Elizabeth of York, who will learn not only which rival royal house has triumphed, Tudor or York, but also which suitor she must marry: Richard III her lover, or Henry Tudor her enemy. A princess from birth, Elizabeth fell in love with Richard III, though her mother made an arranged betrothal for her with the pretender to the throne: Henry Tudor. When Henry defeats Richard against all odds, Elizabeth has to marry the man who murdered her lover in battle, and create a new royal family with him and his ambitious mother: Margaret Beaufort, The Red Queen. But, while the new monarchy can win, it cannot, it seems, hold power in an England which remembers the House of York with love. The new kings greatest fear is that somewhere, outside England, a prince from the House of York is waiting to invade and re-claim the throne for the house of York. Fearing that none of his new allies can be trusted, Henry turns to his wife to advise him, all the time knowing that her loyalties must be divided. When the young man who would be king finally leads his army and invades England, it is for Elizabeth to decide whether she recognizes him as her brother and a claimant to the throne, or denies him in favor of the husband she is coming to love

Philippa Gregory 3-Book Tudor Collection 1: The Constant Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance

Philippa Gregory 3-Book Tudor Collection 1: The Constant Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl, The Boleyn Inheritance

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 04/07/2013

From the bestselling author of THE WHITE QUEEN - the first three novels of her Tudor Court series: THE CONSTANT PRINCESS, THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, THE BOLEYN INHERITANCETHE CONSTANT PRINCESS tells the story of Henry VIII's first wife, Katherine of Aragon, the Spanish princess raised to be Queen of England and first brought to England to marry Henry's older brother, Prince Arthur. But when her new husband dies, she must fight for her birthright - and in marrying the now heir to the throne, she must tell the greatest lie... and hold to it.THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL, made famous by the film adaptation, tells the story of the less notorious Boleyn sister, Mary, who catches the wandering eye of the young King Henry VIII. But when he tires of her, she sets out to school her sister, Anne, as a replacement - and before their story is over, the course of English history has been irrevocably changed. Politics and passion are inextricably bound together in this compelling drama.In THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE, the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry must take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves. Anne, although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, senses a trap closing around her. Katherine Howard is confident that she can follow in the steps of her cousin Anne Boleyn to dazzle her way to the throne but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn, haunted by the past, knows that Anne's path led to Tower Green and to an adulterer's death.

Stormbringers

Stormbringers

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 04/06/2013

The second book in a YA quartet filled with intrigue, mystery, and romance, from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory.The year is 1453, and the end of the world is closer than ever.As Luca and Isolde continue their journey, their attraction grows with each passing day. Even as they try to remain focused on the mysteries theyve been ordered to investigate, the tension between them builds.Their budding, illicit relationship is put on hold when a boy, Johann, and his army of children arrive in town. Johann claims to have divine orders to lead the children across Europe to the Holy Land, and the townspeople readily accept his claims. Luca wants to believe, but his training tells him to question everything...but when Johanns prophecy begins to come true, Luca wonders if they have finally stumbled upon a real miracle.Yet even the greatest miracles have the potential for darknessand the chaos that follows Johann is unlike anything anyone could have imagined.

The White Queen

The White Queen

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: Paperback / softback Release Date: 23/05/2013

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.

Die Mutter der Konigin

Die Mutter der Konigin

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: eBook Release Date: 01/11/2012

Herrin der Flusse, Seherin des Schicksals, Mutter der weien KoniginSie sei so rein, dass sie ein Einhorn fangen knne, sagt man ber Jacquetta von Luxemburg. Ihrer Vermhlung mit dem mchtigen Duke of Bedford, dem engsten Berater Knig Henrys VI., sieht die junge Frau mit Furcht entgegen. Denn ihr Herz gehrt Bedfords Junker Richard Woodville. Als der ungeliebte Gemahl unerwartet stirbt, schlieen die beiden heimlich den Bund der Ehe - eine beispiellose berschreitung der Standesgrenzen. Dann nimmt der Knig die junge Maguerite d'Anjou zur Frau, und Jacquetta steigt zur engsten Vertrauten der neuen Knigin auf. Intrigen und Missgunst beherrschen bald das Leben zu Hofe. Doch mit unerschtterlicher Loyalitt kmpft Jacquetta fr das Herrscherpaar - und fr ihre Tochter Elizabeth, die sie fr etwas Hheres geboren sieht: die Krone des englischen Knigreichs und die weie Rose von York. "e;Perfekt recherchiert und grandios erzhlt."e; (The Times)"e;Philippa Gregory ist wahrlich die Meisterin des historischen Romans! Geschichte kann kaum unterhaltsamer, lebendiger oder bezaubernder erzhlt werden."e; (Sunday Express)"e;Niemand schreibt besser ber die Tudors als Philippa Gregory. Sie stellt alle ihre Nacheiferer in den Schatten."e; (Publishers Weekly)"e;Eine wrdige Ergnzung dieser faszinierenden Serie."e; (Library Journal)

The Kingmaker's Daughter

The Kingmaker's Daughter

Author: Philippa Gregory Format: CD-Audio Release Date: 16/08/2012

I have lost my father in battle, my sister to Elizabeth Woodville's spy, my brother-in-law to Elizabeth Woodville's executioner, my nephew to her poisoner, and now my son to her curse...' The gripping and ultimately tragic story of Anne Neville and her sister Isabel, the daughters of the Earl of Warwick, the most powerful magnate in England through the Cousins' Wars. In the absence of a son and heir, he ruthlessly uses the two girls as pawns but they, in their own right, are thoughtful and powerful actors. Against the backdrop of the court of Edward IV and his beautiful queen, Elizabeth Woodville, Anne turns from a delightful child growing up in intimacy and friendship with the family of Richard Duke of York to become ever more fearful and desperate as her father's enemies turn against her, the net closes in and there is, in the end, simply nowhere she can turn, no one she can trust with her life.