The Other Queen (The Tudor Court #6)
Two queens fighting to the death for dominance
The untold story of Mary Queen of Scots
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 Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth'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
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
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
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
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
Philippa Gregory's book captures thi...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.
Mary connives and consorts with the northern English Lords who want to return Engl...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
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
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