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.
'A master storyteller...Gregory captures the intrigue and suspense of life at the Tudor court in vivid detail. She skilfully combines painstaking historical research with a gripping fictional narrative and her characters are so lifelike and engaging that they practically leap from the page'
'A cleverly wrought political novel. In introducing Parr to a new audience, Gregory has done the first lady of English letters something of a favour'
'Gregory dramatises the story of a reluctant royal wife negotiating the anxious, dangerous years of her marriage... written with her usual authority and capacity for great drama'
'The Taming of the Queen reads like a clever, intimate thriller'
'Gregory brilliantly captures the torn loyalties, treacheries and tragedies that lie beneath the historical detail, to entertaining effect'
'The contemporary mistress of historical crime'
'Popular historical fiction at its finest, immaculately researched and superbly told'
'Gregory creates a world in which all but the most determined women are tools in the hands of powerful men... past-paced, convincing, vivid and engrossing'
'Philippa Gregory has another hit on her hands with this gripping page-turner. Her novel simplifies and humanises the complex politics of the period'
'Lady Margaret Beaufort - cold, clever, calculating - will stop at nothing to put her son Henry Tudor on the throne. Gregory is very good at describing the bitchiness of the women in this tale of dynastic rivalry'
'Rollicking, page-turning stuff'
'Popular history at its best'
'Meticulously researched...for each novel she immerses herself in dozens of primary and secondary sources, before transforming them into vivid fiction'
'History comes gloriously alive as Elizabeth Woodville seduces and marries Yorkist King Edward IV'
'Philippa Gregory is truly the mistress of the historical novel. It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging'
'Her novels are filled with strong, determined women who take their fate into their own hands'
'Rarely has history been so seductive'
'Gregory makes history come alive ... riveting'
Publication date: 21/02/2017
Publication date: 09/08/2016
Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
|Publication date:||21st February 2017|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
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 ...More About Philippa Gregory