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Philippa Gregory

Author of The Other Boleyn Girl

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About the Author

Philippa Gregory was born in Nairobi, Kenya on January 9, 1954. She received a B.A. in history at Sussex University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in 18th-century literature from the University of Edinburgh in 1984. She has taught at numerous universities and was made a fellow of Kingston University in 1994. show more Her historical novels include: Wideacre, The Queen's Fool, The Virgin's Lover, The Constant Princess, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Other Queen, The White Queen, The Red Queen, The Lady of the Rivers and The White Princess. She has also written several contemporary fiction works including Perfectly Correct, The Little House and Zelda's Cut. She adapted her novel A Respectable Trade, about the slave trade in England, into a four-part series for BBC television. Her script won an award from the Committee for Racial Equality. She won the Feminist Book Fortnight Award in 1990 and the Romantic Novelist of the Year Award in 2002. Her book, The Other Boleyn Girl, won the Parker Romantic Novel of the Year award and was adapted into a major feature film in 2008 starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. The White Queen was adapted into an original cable series on the Starz nertwork in 2013 starring Max Irons and Rebecca Ferguson. Her title The Kings Curse made the New York Times bestseller list in 2014. Her title, The Taming of the Queen, made the New York Times bestseller list in 2015. Her latest bestseller is Three Sisters, Three Queens. Gregory also writes children's books, is a regular contributor to newspapers and magazines, a frequent broadcaster for radio and television, and runs a small charity that builds wells in schoolyards in Gambia. (Bowker Author Biography) show less
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Works by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl (2001) 15,613 copies
The Queen's Fool (2003) 6,202 copies
The Boleyn Inheritance (2006) 6,170 copies
The Constant Princess (2005) 5,963 copies
The White Queen (2009) 5,245 copies
The Virgin's Lover (2004) 4,923 copies
The Red Queen (2010) 3,510 copies
The Other Queen (2008) 3,326 copies
The Lady of the Rivers (2011) 2,579 copies
Wideacre (1987) 2,242 copies
The Kingmaker's Daughter (2012) 1,893 copies
The White Princess (2013) 1,687 copies
The Favoured Child (1989) 1,426 copies
Meridon (1990) 1,346 copies
Earthly Joys (1998) 1,340 copies
The King's Curse (2014) 1,312 copies
The Taming of the Queen (2015) 1,241 copies
Three Sisters, Three Queens (2016) 1,197 copies
The Wise Woman (1992) 1,136 copies
The Last Tudor (2017) 957 copies
A Respectable Trade (1995) 917 copies
Tidelands (2019) 917 copies
Virgin Earth (1996) 852 copies
Changeling (2012) 757 copies
Fallen Skies (1993) 568 copies
Dark Tides (2020) 474 copies
Stormbringers (2013) 325 copies
The Little House (1997) 322 copies
Fools' Gold (2014) 200 copies
Dawnlands (2022) 177 copies
Zelda's Cut (2000) 173 copies
Alice Hartley's Happiness (1992) 127 copies
Perfectly Correct (1996) 124 copies
Normal Women (2023) — Narrator, some editions — 116 copies
Bread and Chocolate (2000) 115 copies
Dark Tracks (2018) 82 copies
The Princess Rules (2020) 38 copies
Earthly Joys/Virgin Earth (2004) 38 copies
Florizella and the Wolves (1992) 19 copies
Florizella and the Giant (1993) 18 copies
Princess Florizella (1988) 12 copies
Something to Read About (2011) 10 copies
The Little Pet Dragon (1994) 8 copies
La dernière reine (2019) 3 copies
Gregory Novellas (2004) 2 copies
No title 2 copies
Vētras nesēji (2014) 1 copy
Laumu bērns (2013) 1 copy
Mr̲ka strm̲mar (2022) 1 copy
A Sötétség Rendje (2014) 1 copy

Associated Works

Middlemarch (1871) — Afterword, some editions — 17,796 copies
Katherine (1954) — Foreword, some editions — 2,963 copies
Pincher Martin (1956) — Afterword, some editions — 892 copies
The Other Boleyn Girl [2008 film] (2008) — Original book — 172 copies
Why Willows Weep: Contemporary Tales from the Woods (2011) — Contributor — 22 copies
A Feast of Stories (1996) — Contributor — 15 copies
Good Housekeeping Short Story Collection (1997) — Contributor — 15 copies
Who Was Betty?: A Whimsical Collection of Tall Stories (2011) — Contributor — 7 copies


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Common Knowledge



4.5 Stars. This was a Goodreads Giveaway book. This is the first book of historical fiction that I have read by Phillipa Gregory. I enjoyed reading it and will be reading more of her books in the near future.
Bambean | 37 other reviews | May 20, 2024 |
Totally unappealing first person narrator ruined what should have been an interesting slice of historical fiction.
Abcdarian | 126 other reviews | May 18, 2024 |
I'm a bit of a sucker for historical fiction and have been meaning to read Philippa Gregory for a while now. The book is clearly very well-researched and I learned a lot about 16th century Spain from it.

As a character, Katherine drew me in despite knowing how it would ultimately end for her, alone and poor, disregarded. The book doesn't take us there thankfully, it ends as she is about to give her testimony before the Papal Legate court convened to hear "The King's Great Matter". What we do experience is her years of widowhood before marriage to Henry. I had no idea how it had been for her. This, coupled with her early life as Catalina, Infanta of Spain, fascinated me.

The only criticism I have is that reading the long passages in italics (for Katherine's internal monologues) got a little wearisome. Other than that, if you like historical fiction then you will probably enjoy this novel.
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punkinmuffin | 164 other reviews | Apr 30, 2024 |
I am becoming addicted to Philippa Gregory's novels. Impeccably researched and masterfully narrated stories of the women in the murderous court of Henry VIII, they hook the reader like a thriller. We know what happens to them, these women who are mostly used to further the ambition of the men in their families. They are killed, or discarded when no longer useful. Some lucky few escape, like Anne of Cleves and Mary Boleyn. Others, like little Katherine Howard, never stood a chance.

But it's Gregory's imagining of these women's inner voices that pulls us in. In this, the third of the Tudor Court series, the least-known of Henry's wives are given the ability to tell their own tale. Anne of Cleves is desperate to escape the cruelty and neglect of her family. Picked out by Thomas Cromwell as a means to ally England with Protestants in Europe, she is utterly unprepared for the real Henry Tudor. No longer the dashing prince beloved for his good looks and heroic sportsmanship, he rails in vain against his increasing age and toxic leg wound while gorging himself at dinner and lets himself believe Kitty, Anne's pretty young maid-in-waiting, is actually in love with him. Both women are treated appallingly by their families: neglected and ignored until they are seen to be of use. And now that Henry is able to remake England's laws and religion with impunity they, like all his subjects, are at his capricious mercy.

A third narrative voice comes in the person of Jane Boleyn, Lady Rochford, sister-in-law to Anne Boleyn and wife to George. Their ghosts haunt her, the bright, shining, most beautiful pair ever to be seen at court. The part Jane played in their deaths, and the role she now assumes in the Queen's chambers under the auspices of her uncle Thomas Howard, the Duke of Norfolk, tell a story of a woman desperate for some power of her own.

I've already reserved a copy of "The Taming of the Queen", Katherine Parr's story, from my library. Can't wait!
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punkinmuffin | 173 other reviews | Apr 30, 2024 |



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