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The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory
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Sep 18, 2009

did not like it
bookshelves: women-that-really-existed-fiction, historical-fiction, england
Read in October, 2008

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 his loyalty and honor. And of course you have Queen Mary. Let me say, I am going to search for another portrayal of her because this queen resembles nothing of what I have heard of her. In this book, Queen Mary just pontificates on her status. "I am a French princess. My body is sacred. You cannot touch me. Yada yada yada." Also, I am confused about the Bothwell situation. One chapter she is writing him letters "My dear Bothwell, come save me," and the next chapter she is stating how he raped her and forced her to marry him and kidnapped her. Then again, in the following chapter, she is declaring he is the only man manly enough to fight for her. Somebody, enlighten me, please.
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message 1: by Sam (new) - rated it 2 stars

Sam OMG! Her wishy-washiness about Bothwell annoyed me too! At page 140 I made a note saying: "WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN RAPED DO NOT TRUST AND ADMIRE THEIR RAPISTS." Wtf, Gregory.

message 2: by Tara (new) - rated it 1 star

Tara Chevrestt I noticed in The White Queen, at least the TV Series, that Edwards attempts to rape Elizabeth. She deters him and then suddenly regrets it and this is the birth of the "greatest love story." *snorts*

message 3: by Sam (new) - rated it 2 stars

Sam I haven't read that book or seen the show yet...ugh. That is so gross.

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