The Other Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #14)
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 o...more
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The ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots.
The Tudor blood ran in her veins yet she was ousted from Scotland and denied the English crown in the event of Elizabeth's death. Her right to the crown is often debated amongst historians.
Her guardian George Talbot 6th Earl of Shrewsbury.
A man torn between serving his own queen Elizabeth 1 and Mary who is thrust into his household.
He was in an unenviable situation; to serve England or to honor what is right and just.
His wife Bess Talbot Countess of Shrewsbu ...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
Mary looks to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England, for sanctuary after fleeing the violent rebellions in Scotland. Though she is promised protection, Mary is perceived as a serious threat to the English crown, and finds herself imprisoned as a "guest" in the house of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsberry, and his wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcome the condemned queen into their home, hoping that servi ...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
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
THE OTHER QUEEN is about Mary Queen of Scots and covers the time from when she enters England to throw herself on her cousin's mercy. her cousin being, of course, Queen Elizabeth I - hence the title the other Queen. The story finishes at Mary's execution. Mary is kept in custody in England - and her jailers were husband and wife Bess and George. George falls in love with the doomed Queen and Bess just looks on. THE OTHER QUEEN is told from the points of view ...more
I groaned when I realised that Philippa Gregory had returned (why, oh why?!) to the formula she used in "The Boleyn Inheritance" of three different first person narrators. Three reasons why this format doesn't work for Gregory. One, she has a tendency to use this as a crutch so that she can "tell" rather than "show". Two, the voice of the three different narrators is indistinguishable and you only knew who was narrating which chapter because the chapter heading always said so. Three, in an effor ...more
Uma vez que esta série é composta por seis volumes e Henry VIII casou-se seis vezes, assumi erradamente que este livro se referia à sua sexta mulher, Catherine Parr. Se tivesse lido a sinopse, tal não teria acontecido, por isso mea culpa... De qualquer maneira, dificilmente teria deixado passar a oportunidade de o ler, uma vez que a Nidia foi generosa o suficiente para o pô ...more
The book is written in the first person with each of Gilbert, Mary and Bess have a 'voice' in which to describe events as they have seen / experienced them. This is an interesting idea but imposes limitations on Gregory which in turn become major weaknesses - we cannot know anything the characters themselves do not know which leads to the introduction of ...more
As far as historical fiction goes, I have to say this is one I admire most as, not a historical recounting but, a great story of its own. I feel like it really focused on making the story itself interesting without depending on the historical events to hold it up. In fact, most of those events were only backdrop to the characters and motivators to the characters themselves.
I find the writer’s use of character voice is one of the best I’ve seen. She manages to use three different points of v ...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
Bess: "I am where I am today by making the most of myself, and getting the best price for what I could bring to market. I am a self-made woman - self-made, self-polished and self-sold - and proud of it."
George: "I am nobody's agent. I am no bought opinion. I am no hired blade. ... But I will do my dut ...more
Mary Queen of Scots, the rival and cousin of Elizebeth 1st of England, is a “guest” in one of the houses of the wealthiest man in England, George Talbot 6th Earl of Shrewsbury. After being deposed of her throne in Scotland Elizabeth promises to help re ...more
when i'm in the mood for a little historic smut, i usually can rely on good ole ms. gregory to save the day. not quite so this time around. here, she tackles the story of mary queen of scots during the time of her pre-tower "imprisonment" in the hands of the earl of shrewsbury and his scheming wife.
1. the trinity narration, which i loathed at first, actually made this book better than i think it should be. too much of any character is bad here - ...more
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