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The Other Queen (The Tudor Court #6)

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From #1 New York Times bestselling author and “queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory—a dazzling new novel about the intriguing, romantic, and maddening Mary, Queen of Scots.

Fleeing violent rebellions in Scotland, Mary looks to Queen Elizabeth of England for sanctuary. Though promised protection, Mary, perceived as a serious thre
Paperback, 440 pages
Published July 14th 2009 by Touchstone (first published 2008)
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This book took me quite some time to get through. I have read Philippa Gregory's other books, and though they are not always factually correct, and most often read like gossip mags, I have come to enjoy them and expect that of her books. This was so long and drawn out, and not at all enjoyable. It is written from the viewpoint of Mary Queen of Scots and her two jailers, but you are never engaged with any of the three main characters. Gregory simply twists and repeats the same sentiments for each ...more
Oct 20, 2008 Annie rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Die-Hard Philippa Gregory Fans
Shelves: read-in-2008
It wouldn't be hard to accuse me of building up so much anticipation for the release of 'The Other Queen' that it was doomed to fail from the start. Much in the way 'The Other Boleyn Girl' movie was always going to tick me off - even if I do love Eric Bana. So, I am willing to cop a little of the flack when I say that I've found Gregory's latest and last Tudor novel effort a little disappointing. This was still a great book about the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots, I just felt it wasn't up ...more
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May 19, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Lovers of Historical fiction
Recommended to B the BookAddict by: Goodreads
Shelves: hist-fiction
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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.

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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.

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His wife Bess Talbot Countess of Shrewsbu
Gregory seems to have changed her style some since 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. This is certainly not a frothy bit of 16th century soap opera but quite a serious and well researched bit of historical fiction on life of Mary, Queen of Scots during the first few years of her imprisonment in England.

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
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I cannot fathom why every reader must compare every book of Gregory's to The Other Boleyn Girl. I understand that it was the most popular and was made into a film. That doesn't mean every comment should be "This is not like The Other Boleyn Girl" or "This is so much better than The Other Boleyn Girl". Can't an author write other books and in other writing styles?! Furthermore, I will bet a million dollars that 80% of the other readers NEVER read The Other Boleyn Girl and only saw the film which ...more
This is the latest book in the Tudor series and it is painful to get through. I can pick up The Other Boleyn Girl and read through it in one sitting, but each book in the Tudor series grows more and more tired until we are left with the mess that is The Other Queen. Using three different perspectives worked fine in The Boleyn Inheritance, but in this book they change so often, sometimes lasting only a page and a half, it is hard to grow attached, or even understand the point of view of one singl ...more
Tara Chevrestt
As a Gregory fan, I am very very disappointed. This book has the same style as The Boleyn Inheritance, in which it goes back and forth between narratives of three different people. That, I did not mind. The narratives themselves are awful. You have Bess Hardwich who just goes on and on and on about her properties and her candlesticks stolen from monasteries and her account books. She never talks of much else and she speaks every 2nd chapter. You have her husband George that just rambles on about ...more
The latest in Gregory's Tudor Court novels is about Mary, Queen of Scots. It sent me back to my Anne Somerset biography of Elizabeth I to look at certain details, and like most historical fiction, has prompted an interest in reading more actual history about the characters involved.

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
Sharon Robards
After reading a few of Philippa Gregory’s books set earlier in the Tudor period, I should have predicted the ending to this. But of course I went into this, knowing nothing about Mary Queen of Scots. Out of the books I’ve read from this author, this is my favourite, perhaps because I really wanted to keep reading because of my lack of knowledge of the heroine, if we can call her that, and the ending surprised me. Yes. I know. I should have known how it was going to end. It was also a pleasant ch ...more
Roxanne Sukhan
Philippa Gregory writes brilliantly, and really draws her reader into the sights, sounds, feeling of the 16th century. She really brings history to life.
Actually, what really got on my nerves was that Bess of Hardwick had to be such a jealous bi***. What can she expect Mary to do? Seduce old men or sell herself? She is born to be a queen, and a born sofisticated young women, and bold, and truely brave. Not to mention a beautiful lady. Bess, to me seems like an old ugly b****. I see that she's jealous about George, her husband the Earl of Shrewsbury, falling in love with Queen Mary, but what can the poor guy do? She's so intimidating and has such ...more
What I love about Philippa Gregory's novels is that you fall in love with the main character, even if you hated them as a periphery character in a previous book; and you also find yourself hating periphery characters that were main characters in another novel and you feel like your world is all upside-down and you love it all the more for that. In this book I find myself hating Queen Elizabeth once again because of my complete sympathy with the main character of Mary, Queen of Scots. At the same ...more
Phillippa Gregory novels are sort of my secret shame - I love her books and pretty much devour them as soon as they come out. This one was...well, it was just okay. The historical focus(Mary Queen of Scots) is intriguing, but...I felt like it was sort of just..meh, as Gregory basically gave Mary no personality other than her bizarre obsession with freedom (honestly, the character must have said (or had commented about her) that she "had to be free" about 95 times. I GET IT, okay?) and did a lot ...more
Not Philippa Grefory's best book by far, but it was okay. The story of Mary Queen of Scotts, this one was told from the view point of three different people, and while the comparison between Mary and Bess was interesting, the book did seem very repetitive on many issues, and did drag a bit.
Philippa Gregory é um dos nomes de respeito quando se fala em ficção histórica, visto que os seus livros têm conquistado fãs por todo o mundo e fazem parte da lista de bestsellers do New York Times. Historiadora e escritora, a sua paixão pelo período Tudor resultou em Duas Irmãs e um Rei, um livro que alcançou um sucesso tal que levou Hollywood a comprar os seus direitos e a realizar um filme com o mesmo nome com Eric Bana, Natalie Portman e Scarlett Johnson como protagonistas. A partir daí, Gre ...more
Brittany B.

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
A dinastia Tudor sempre me fascinou, especialmente durante os reinados de Henry VIII e da Rainha Elizabeth- a Rainha Virgem.

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
As an avid reader of Philippa Gregory's historical fiction, I was very excited for this book to hit the shelves but I ended up being somewhat disappointed with it. The book takes place during the time of the house arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots. The story is narrated from three viewpoints-Mary, her guardian George, Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife Bess. At first, newlyweds George and Bess are honored with Queen Elizabeth asks them to house Queen Mary and her court after her trial in London until ...more
Feb 18, 2009 Roxy rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who's sick of being happy?
Recommended to Roxy by: Costco
On those days when I'm feeling sorry for myself I can now say, 'Hey, it could be worse, you could have been Mary, Queen of Scots. Wow, was this depressing! I know, I know... It was obvious from the beginning that Mary's story would not end well, but still, I felt the urge to lecture the people in the book: 'Don't do it, Mary!' or 'Be nice, Elizabeth!' I usually like the author's historical details, but there wasn't so much of that in this book. I also think that it was repetitive and drawn out t ...more
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I'd heard great things about Philippa Gregory and loved the film The Other Bolyne Girl, but was sadly disappointed. This book focuses on the time of Mary Queen of Scots and her incarseration (which was really just staying somewhere else) by Queen Elizabeth. The book took the points of view of Mary, Lord Shewsberry and his wife, Bess. Given that Mary stayed with the other two during her capture, I don't really feel that a very wide remit was given to the subject at hand. With the uprising in the ...more
I've read a few of Philippa Gregory books now, and it seems like the quality has been going downhill steadily since The Other Boleyn Girl. This is the worst so far and I think I'm finally giving up on this author.

As others have said, this book is painfully, painfully repetitive. Gregory splits her chapters between three P.O.V. characters: Mary Queen of Scots, George Shrewbury and Bess Shrewbury. Instead of opening up the story, giving three unique perspectives to the same plot, the characters en

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
This novel deals with Mary Queen of Scots' early captivity in England whilst under the ';care' of Gilbert Talbot and his wife, Bess of Hardwick.

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
Lauren Fidler
ah, philippa gregory, so we meet again...

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.

the good:

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 -
Cheyenne DeBorde
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
Since I've read "The Other Boleyn Girl", I have been wanting to read another book by Gregory. She makes the Elizabethan Court and all that it entails so alive. I felt as though I was right there with the characters.

This book was written from first person point of view by Bess, George and Queen Mary, each chapter written by another character, so youare getting three view points of the story. The story of Bess who holds a grudge as she watches her holdings and everything she has worked for slip aw
I finished this, mostly because I've decided that I want to read as many different retellings (or fictionalizations) of the Mary Queen of Scots story as I can. It's not a book that treats anyone kindly, making all the characters come off as utterly flawed, either through pride, worldliness, selfishness, foolishness, or sheer cruelty.

It's written in a shifting 1st person; each chapter has a different 1st-person voice, rotating through the main characters of George, his wife Bess, and Mary. At th
Jenny Q
(Note: This review was originally posted to Amazon in 2008.) I must start off by saying that I can not give a proper review of this book because I could not finish it. As a big fan of Gregory and historical fiction in general, I waited for three months to get this from my local library, only to be completely surprised to find that it was so boring I had to force myself to keep picking it up! I kept waiting for it to get better, I kept waiting for the characters to inspire my affections, but it n ...more
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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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Other Books in the Series

The Tudor Court (6 books)
  • The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)
  • The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudor Court, #3)
  • The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4)
  • The Virgin's Lover (The Tudor Court, #5)
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2) The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1) The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1) The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4) The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudor Court, #3)

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