Featured on The Book Show on Sky Arts on 20 November 2008.
A former Author of the Month on Lovereading Philippa Gregory is back with another fantastic historical novel, this time the focus in the "other queen" Mary Queen of Scots. Gregory's books are methodically researched for spot on historical fact along with brilliant story telling. She's in a class of her own.
A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl. Mary, Queen of Scots, fights to regain her kingdom whilst under the guard of Queen Elizabeth's trusted accomplice, Bess of Hardwick. Mary is Queen of Scotland but she has been forced to flee her land and take refuge in an England that is ruled by her cousin Elizabeth. But England, precarious in its Protestant state, set against the mighty powers of Spain, France and Rome, doesn't need a charismatic Catholic figurehead at large. So Elizabeth's chief advisor, Cecil, devises a plan in which Mary will live under guard with his 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? Mary must wait in her privileged imprisonment for the return to Scotland and her infant son; but waiting is not the same as doing nothing! 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.
Praise for The Other Queen 'No-one writes historical fiction with quite the elan of Philippa Gregory
'A fascinating portrayal of a woman who was as strong and deserving of the throne as Queen Elizabeth'
'A real delight'
Woman and Home
'Philippa Gregory's novel looks at Mary Stuart and her times from a fresh and engaging angle! Above all, the book is an examination of the nature of loyalty, as well: to a spouse, to a monarch, to a family or a family name, to a religion, to political ideals and especially to one's sense of self'
Washington Post Book World Praise for
'The Constant Princess': 'One of Gregory's great strengths as a novelist is her ability to take familiar historical figures and flesh them into living breathing human beings. The Constant Princess is a worthy successor to her previous novels about the Tudors and deserves to be a bestseller.'
'Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing.'
'Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-plattered dining.'
'The contemporary mistress of historical crime. Her novels are filled with strong, determined women who take their fate into their own hands!Gregory brings to life the sights, smells and textures of 16th-century England.'
Kate Mosse, Financial Times
'The Virgin's Lover': 'A book to lose yourself in!a simmering mixture of intrigue, lust and betrayal at the court of Elizabeth I, it breathes new life into the suspected love affair between the young queen and Robert Dudley.'
'Convincing and entertaining'. Daily Telegraph 'A fascinating new take on a story we thought we knew.'
'History has a sexy makeover in an erotic account of Elizabeth l's relationship with the married and tantalisingly unavailable Robert Dudley.'
Glamour, Books of the Year
'Gregory's success lies in restoring humanity to her historical figures.'
'Gregory vivdly portrays court life -- all the political intrigue, divided loyalties, love and betrayal.'
Woman and Home
'Queen of the historical novel.'
Mail on Sunday
'The Other Boleyn Girl': 'It is a credit to Gregory that she is able to sustain interest in an epic-length tale when the ending is one of the most well-known moments in English history. The very believable dialogue and detail take you all the way into the claustrophobic privy chambers of the royal palaces!Gregory has launched herself into a popular period and produced something with that most underrated of virtues: readability.'
'This is an intelligent variation on a familiar tale [with] witty use of metaphor.'
Time Literary Supplement
'This compulsively readable novel is a wonderful account of the tudor court!This is the finest historical novel of this year.'
'The Queen's Fool': 'Totally absorbing!this is a triumphant piece of storytelling, not least because Gregory manages to make familiar events fresh and unloved people fascinating.'
'Gregory offers a subtle examination of the tension between profound personal faith and the dangers of imposing that faith on others.'
'It combines history and invention in gripping and memorable style.'
'Historical fiction at its most masterly. Meticulously researched and realised and with an engaging and totally convincing heroine, The Queen's Fool invites readers to rethink their opinions of both 'Bloody'
Mary and the
Queen. Superbly plotted, exquisitely written with the enviable capacity to simultaneously thrill and provoke thought, this novel is even more
than The Other Boleyn Girl
Historical Novels Review
'Gregory serves up some more deliciously sombre moments from a factious Tudor court.'
'Gregory's dramatic, plot-driven novel is thoroughly readable.'
Publication date: 21/08/2008
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Publication date: 07/06/2008
Publisher: Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers
|Publication date:||7th June 2008|
|Publisher:||Harper an imprint of HarperCollins Publishers|
|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