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The Last Tudor

(The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #14)

3.81  ·  Rating details ·  16,760 ratings  ·  1,556 reviews
The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed he
Hardcover, 528 pages
Published August 8th 2017 by Atria Books
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Alice Jackman On Philippa Gregory's website, it gives her suggested order for reading them. However, I have always read them as they have become available and still…moreOn Philippa Gregory's website, it gives her suggested order for reading them. However, I have always read them as they have become available and still loved them all as stand alone books.(less)
Celina The novel is about the three Grey sisters, Jane, Katherine, and Mary. Philippa Gregory says on her website that the title is meant to be ambiguous: "M…moreThe novel is about the three Grey sisters, Jane, Katherine, and Mary. Philippa Gregory says on her website that the title is meant to be ambiguous: "Mary [Grey] is the last Tudor of the Brandon branch – a fascinating and unknown character to end such a famous line – but Elizabeth is the last ruling Tudor, the throne inherited by a Stuart." So it could refer to either Elizabeth or Mary Grey, and she and the other Grey sisters affect each others' lives to a great extent historically, so I suppose the title acknowledges that.(less)

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Aug 07, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Philippa Gregory’s latest book is as good as a play… if you like fantastical parodies. If you want to read a well-written novel about the Greys, I recommend Susan Higginbotham’s Her Highness, the Traitor instead.

Here we are again. Another year, another Philippa Gregory release; and many of the same failings and criticisms still apply.

As You Know Bob

I’m afraid this year the As You Know Bobbing is off the charts. For the uninitiated, As You Know Bob refers to a mark of poor writing where the autho
Jul 27, 2017 rated it really liked it
"The devil protects his own."

A Game of Thrones, indeed. There is more vanity, spite, jealousy, arrogance, murder and mayhem in this crooked line of succession to the Tudor dynasty that would, undoubtedly, make Ned Stark's head spin. Most certainly, winter has come.

Adding to this evil brew is Papist vs. Protestant and who is backed by whom. When Henry VIII's seriously ill young son, Edward, dies, the recognition of a true heir is at hand. That crooked line runs rivers much like the trickles of sp
Caidyn (he/him/his)

I don't want to touch this book with a 100-meter pole because of the description. (All below quotes are taken from it.)

"Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days, dying on the scaffold for her faith. But few people know about her two sisters, cousins to Elizabeth I who also faced imprisonment and death sentences for treason."

Jane died because of Parliament. She did not want to be Queen. She was forced by her parents and in-laws. She immediately surrendered her forces to Mary I (Elizabeth I's
Ophelia Sings
Aug 11, 2017 rated it it was ok
Once upon a time, a was a big fan of Philippa Gregory. Her novels piqued an interest in medieval history for me, and therein lies the problem; once you begin to delve into the history books, Gregory's novels are rendered frustrating and often infuriating, so often is she lax when it comes to the minor issue of accuracy. Of course, some artistic licence is to be expected, and an author will always interpret figures from the past, and the events in their lives, in their own way. So, Philippa Grego ...more
Ugh. Jane was annoying enough, but I yield at 20% with Katherine's story. She's even whinier and self-centered than Jane was. Back to the library you go.
Trish at Between My Lines
The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory has thrown me down a Tudor rabbit hole, but I’m not looking to escape anytime soon. The treachery, the gore, along with all the political wheeling and dealing captivate me, and I can’t get enough.


The initial thought that hits me over the head is why, OH WHY, did I wait so long to read a Philippa Gregory book? She has been on my book radar for years but somehow I just never dived into one. When watching Reign on N
Carole P. Roman
Aug 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Three sisters and three very different voices from the past all coming from one family. Philippa Gregory's The last Tudor is the final story in her successful series that began with Anne Boleyn. Starting with Jane Grey, the doomed nine day queen, Gregory draws a portrait of a teen devoted to both her religion , as well as the duty she owes her name. Born the granddaughter of King Henry's younger sister, Mary, she knows she is royal and though she is unsure of the legality of the circumstances br ...more
Nov 07, 2017 rated it did not like it
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Aug 08, 2017 rated it really liked it
This is the 15th book by this author that I have read. I have enjoyed this particular series so much. I love this kind of historical fiction. When reading her books, I inevitably have to google these historical characters, to see how the book is going to end. This one was no different. The author manages to create anticipation. But I always know how they are going to end before I reach the last page. This book is one of the saddest books, I almost didn't want to finish it.

I will say this book wa
4.5 stars. I love Philippa Gregory, she has the ability to take historical people and make them incredibly real. The reason this loses half a star is because I struggled a bit with Lady Jane Grey (I had the same problem with another book about her earlier this year, Innocent Traitor.) I absolutely adored Katherine and Mary's stories. I think this was the first of her books that had me crying in the end - never a good thing when you're on your way to work. I am very, very sad to hear that this wi ...more
Sep 14, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I wanted very much to read this book, so when I saw this gorgeous edition, it was impossible not to get it immediately.

The Last Tudor is not the story of Queen Elizabeth I, but of three of her cousins: Jane, Katherine and Mary Grey. Jane Grey is to inherit the throne when her cousin King Edward VI dies and famously becomes the Nine Days Queen, a martyr for the protestant faith. Katherine was a carefree beauty that sparked jealousy in Elizabeth and her fury when Katherine secretly marries for lov
I find Philippa Gregory's Tudor novels very hit and miss. A couple I adore but others I don't and sometimes find them hard to finish. Unfortunately, this is one of the latter - largely, I think, because the characters are allowed no freedom to develop. All is rigid. All is black and white.

Apr 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
The fourteenth (chronologically speaking) in Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction novels of Plantagenet Tudor England, this one features the era of Queen Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots. But its focus is on the last three Tudor Princesses and likely heirs, Lady Jane Grey, (Queen for nine days), Katharine Grey, and little Mary Grey. The book is written in three parts from each of the sister’s points of view.

I love Philippa Gregory and I love this series. I loved watching the White Queen and
I am fascinated by historical fiction especially the Tudor period. This is the story of three sisters each with a different journey in life.
I was not very familiar with the Grey family prior to reading this book, but found it very interesting.
Philippa Gregory portrayed an interesting view of the Elizabethan court and the politics of the time.
The young girls are granddaughters of Henry VII, younger sister Mary.
Henry VIII was catholic, his only male heir Edward VI was Protestant. Edward dies witho
Alayne Emmett
Nov 08, 2019 rated it really liked it
I have read a couple of Philippa Gregory books before so when I was lent this one I thought I’d give it a try.
It was interesting and I found out a lot about this era in history that I didn’t know as history wasn’t my strong subject at school.
I enjoyed this story very much and although it’s the 14th in the series it can be read as a stand alone book. I will read her others eventually after a break to read other book’s as sometimes I did struggle with it which is why I’m giving it 4 stars.
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I absolutely adore the fact that Philippa Gregory writes about lesser known women. We barely know anything about Jane Grey’s sisters (especially Mary) so, even though it’s fiction, some of it is true (as the author points out), I really loved reading and learning more about their lives under the reign of Elizabeth I
I had decided to overcome my distaste for Philippa Gregory and give this book a shot, since Lady Jane Grey has always been a historical figure of great interest to me. Simply reading the synopsis made me change my mind.
"..who earned the lifelong hatred of her cousin Elizabeth I when she married for love."
Really? When is Miss Gregory going to stop shading strong and exemplary women of our History just to write a spicy romance that's going to sell? Isn't she content that she destroyed Anne Boleyn
Joy D
This is my first historical fiction by Philippa Gregory. You may ask why I would start with book #14 in a series. In attending our weekly trivia game, one of the questions had to do with the name of the Queen of England who lasted but nine days. We knew the answer was Lady Jane Grey, but did not know much about her life, so decided to investigate further, and this book came up in an online search. This book is basically a character study of the three Grey sisters, with approximately a third of t ...more
Dec 02, 2017 rated it liked it
Be ever grateful that you were not a royal living under the reign of Elizabeth I or Mary Tudor, Henry's half sister. According to this book, Elizabeth not only ruled with an iron hand but also a jealous one as well. Ms Gregory alludes to the idea that Elizabeth never wanted anyone at court to be happier than she and to marry and or fall in love with someone who might take away the shine from the love her subjects were to have for Elizabeth as their queen and royal sovereign,

In this book we meet
Sonja Arlow
3 1/2 stars

This has to be hands down the saddest Phillipa Gregory I have ever listened to.

Jane Grey – queen for 9 days, more pious than the Pope, eldest of the Grey sisters and to be honest not the most riveting character to read about (sorry Jane)

Catherine Grey – married in secret for love and paid a price so so much higher than she ever expected. This character will stay with me for a long time.

Mary Grey – dwarf-like little doll, more outspoken than her sisters but ultimately also fated to be
Karen’s Library
Aug 23, 2017 rated it really liked it
This was another fascinating Tudor historical fiction, this one about the Grey sisters. The Grey sisters are the granddaughters of King Henry VIII's younger sister, Mary. Upon King Edward's death, and per his will, the Protestant reformers put Jane Grey on the throne instead of Edward's sister, Mary Tudor. Queen Jane Grey ruled for only 9 days when Mary's followers managed to remove Jane and put Mary on the throne.

I knew the story of Jane Grey, sort of. Not the entire story, and nothing of her
Mar 12, 2019 rated it it was amazing
This is Philippa Gregory’s final book about the Tudor line and my final read in the series, and boy was it a great way to end. It is the story of three sisters, Lady Jane Grey, Lady Katherine Grey, and Lady Mary Grey, cousins to Queens Mary and Elizabeth Tudor. Of course, the brief reign of Lady Jane is a well-known story, but I had no knowledge whatsoever of either of her sisters or their tragedies and victimization at the hands of Queen Elizabeth.

Told in a first person narrative, the novel ha
Aug 10, 2018 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Imagine a teenage sex scene being narrated by the current 92-year-old British queen. Sexy huh? Because that it what the narrator of this audiobook sounds like. The way she says ‘orf’ ( for off) particularly makes me cringe.
I’m a Philippa Gregory fan and this is the first time I’ve listened, rather than read her books. She has the ability to make you feel transported to the Tudor period and see, smell, feel a time long ago.
In The Last Tudor, she tells the story (in three first-person parts) of
Sep 22, 2018 rated it it was ok
I rather enjoyed some of this, though I'm not usually a fan of Gregory's novels and even though she has a really annoying tendency to (as other reviewers have pointed out) write some of the most absurd 'As You Know, Bob' dialogue I've ever read. I did, for the most part, enjoy Mary Grey's narrative and her relationship with Thomas Keyes, and the section narrated by Katherine Grey interested me enough to google her and her husband Lord Hertford's real story. But myyyyy goodness, Philippa Gregory ...more
Nov 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
4.5 stars - Incredible. I really loved it.

I have read enough about Tudor history to know that Queen Elizabeth was not actually the golden angel pop culture often portrays her as today, nor do I believe that "virgin queen" is an appropriate moniker though that does give me a great chuckle. This novel however really highlighted how malicious and manipulative she was through the factual choices she made in dealing with her cousins.

While I applaud her progressive feminist mindset that was centuries
Lisa - (Aussie Girl)
After reading many books on the Tudors it was a nice change to see lesser known members of the extended family (The Grey Sisters, cousins to Elizabeth 1) taking centre stage .
Diana Long
Jan 31, 2018 rated it it was amazing
I've read a number of this author's Historical works of fiction and I am always captivated by her writing and the voice she brings to these women. It's no doubt she spends hours researching her subjects and with the knowledge she obtains creates a plausible history for them. In this novel she gives a personal story for each of the three Grey Sisters, Ladies Jane, Katharine and Mary so the work is divided into three sections, where one sister leaves off the next continues from that point. As the ...more
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Part of me wanted to give this book a lower rating, because plenty of liberties are taken with historical fact, but if you're not too hung up on that, this can be a fun read if you enjoy drama.

I will say one thing, that this book led me to do historical research on the Grey sisters IRL, and it was truly fascinating. It certainly left me liking Elizabeth ! a little less. Her reign might have been known as the Golden Age, but Elizabeth was apparently still backwards in some ways.
Jul 30, 2017 rated it it was amazing
When I saw the two names attached to this book, Tudor and Philippa Gregory, that was all I needed to tap the "Request book" button within a second. My fascination with The Tudors has spanned decades, and no one makes it more palatable than Philippa Gregory.

My only misgivings were that I would not find the central figures in this tome that interesting: the "Nine Days Queen", Lady Jane Grey, and her two younger sisters, Lady Katherine and Lady Mary. Queen Elizabeth I was England's Monarch at this
✨ kathryn ✨
Wowowowow. The Tudor period was always my favourite at school (I loved learning about it in history and I researched the music until about 18 months ago), so this book was right up my alley. So fantastically written. Accessible for my brain which has been out of formal education for 18 months or so. An absolutely fascinating read!
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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acc ...more

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The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (1 - 10 of 15 books)
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  • The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #2; The Cousins War #1)
  • The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #3; Cousins War #2)
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Cousins' War #4)
  • The White Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #5; Cousins War #5)
  • The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #6)
  • The King's Curse (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #7; Cousins War #6)
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #8)
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