The Other Queen (The Tudor Court #6)
Two queens fighting to the death for dominance
The untold story of Mary, Queen of Scots
This dazzling novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary, Queen of S...more
It also places a great focus on one of my personal heroines of the period, Bess of Hardwick. She is one of the three narrators. The others are Mary and Bess' husband George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who s...more
The book surprised me by being *very* focused on the Queen of Scots, with little of Elizabeth at all. It makes sense, but still surprised me. What also surprised me was the assumption that the average reader would be...more
Like a good wine, Gregory's work only improves with time. I found The Other Boleyn Girl to be tawdry and lurid, but have been pleasantly surprised with her works since then.
The Other Queen tells the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, through her voice and the voices of her jailers, Bess and George, Countess and Count of Shrewsbury. Mary's character, however, is not a sympathetic one--she's manipulative, conniving, and ruthless in...more
Personagens destes apesar de serem fascinantes acabam por se tornar um problema na narrativa. Ninguém quer ler um livro em que odeie a personagem principal. Acaba por se tornar cansativo e faz com que demoremos mais a ler a história porque sempre que vemos que o capítulo será contado por...more
This is Philippa Gregory's worst book. If this had been her debut novel, it would never have been published. I've read most of Gregory's books, Ive come to realize that the bad outweigh the good.
And here is her book of shame:
When the book opens, Mary, cousin to Elizabeth, seeks protection and refuge in England. She has been chased from France, following the death of her husband. The Scots hate and rebel ag/ her. She has no one but Queen Elizabeth. Elizabeth promises her safety, but keeps her g...more
É certo que a minha classificação deste livro não seria tão elevada se Maria, A Rainha dos Escoceses não fosse, de longe (!), a minha rainha preferida.
Entrei no livro já a adorar a personagem principal, portanto admito que isso toldou toda a minha visão relativamente ao resto do livro - não estava interessada em que Philippa Gregory me contasse uma história bonita, queria que ela relatasse a história de Maria...more
What was Gregory thinking when she tackled the very complex character of Mary Queen of Scots?
Suffice it to say I was lured by a new book regarding Mary Queen of Scots, one of my favorite historical figures.
I think overall, this gives somewhat of a thumbnail sketch of Mary, Queen of Scots confinement in England. It does not give an idea as to the depth and complexity of her personality. If anything it paints her as somewhat naive.
By far, the heroine of the novel seems to be Bess of Hardwick, who has a far greater grasp on the politics of the time. Her lack of gullibility and frustration of her situation was portrayed far m...more
This is the last of the books in Gregory's Tudor series, and it shifts focus to the cousin of Queen Elizabeth I. Mary, Queen of the Scots, has claims on three separate thrones: France, Scotland, and England. As the novel starts, Mary has been forced to flee from Scotland because of rebellious lairds. She finds herself in her cousin's court, hoping for sanctuary. Elizabeth is only too willing to help out, particularly since she questions Mary's loyalty. The result is that she places Mary in the h...more
All three main characters are prone to whining: Mary about her sacred status as a queen, Bess about her wealth which is rapidly diminishing due to the...more
and ruthlessness of King Henry VIII and his daughters Mary and Elizabeth are horrifying but intriguing.
Poor Mary, Queen of Scots, thought her relationship to Queen
Elizabeth and the fact that she was a Queen would protect her.
However, if she really had so many people trying to not only
restore her to he throne of Scotland but also to put her on
the throne of England, I can see why Elizabeth wanted to keep
her under lock and key.
I find the monarchy's history absolutely fascinating, but I also get mixed up about when certain Kings ruled, what they did, were they considered good or bad, how they became king, etc. So reading this book was wonderful because it really puts the story in context so it's...more