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The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
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Aug 13, 2012

really liked it
Read in August, 2012

Gregory has a real talent at making history come alive. It is fun to think about how these people really were, even though none of us really knows definitively. The format she uses in this novel is quite effective. It is first-person accounts of three key people in the story of Mary, Queen of Scots, written as the events are unfolding, as if they are being told to an outside observer. It is an unusual telling of an old event that does not use some of the main characters in the real story, Lord Cecil, the various other members of the court of Elizabeth I, but instead, concentrates on Mary and her 16-year imprisonment outside London and her caretakers during that time, a wealthy and admired duke and his wife. All events outside the setting where Mary is located are told through the words of these three people.

I love pure history but as mentioned before, it is fun to think about the everday lives of these people and how other people outside the traditional main characters could have been affected, what they could have been thinking and feeling at the time. It is good, light reading in between more serious pursuits.
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