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The Other Queen (Tudor Series #8/9) (edition 2009)

by Philippa Gregory

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This dazzling novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary, Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the guest of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcome the doomed queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailers will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court. To their horror, they find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question. If Mary succeeds in seducing the earl into her own web of treachery and treason, or if the great spymaster William Cecil links them to the growing conspiracy to free Mary from her illegal imprisonment, they will all face the headsman.… (more)
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Title:The Other Queen (Tudor Series #8/9)
Authors:Philippa Gregory
Info:Touchstone (2009), Edition: Reprint, Paperback, 464 pages
Collections:Bookmooch, Your library
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The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

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    The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory (tina1969)
    tina1969: This is the story of Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard through the eyes of Jane Rocford. A lot more enjoyable read than The Other Queen.
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    Behind the Curtain by Kay Macaulife (KayCliff)
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Gregory is a master at taking you back in time, dropping you into another world and making you want to stay there as long as possible. When historical figures come alive properly, history begins to make sense as a story of the lives of people with real emotions and challenges.
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  mattorsara | Aug 11, 2022 |
"The Other Queen" I listened to was an abridgment, which may not always give you a true view of the story. With this in mind, I thought Mary Queen of Scots was not right in the head. I realize that she was grabbing at opportunities but she did not look at her circumstances beforehand. She just went with the old system, not recognizing the new. This is a problem many of us have seen for the last 100 years. The rules/technology has changed so fast we cannot keep pace. Living in the past can kill us as it did Queen Mary. ( )
  nab6215 | Jan 18, 2022 |
The two stars is because it’s not good for Phillips Gregory. To be fair, it’s a good enough book and certainly helped me understand her captivity and a very interesting account of the seriousness of the Northern rebellion. ( )
  mumoftheanimals | Jul 30, 2021 |
I loved this book. Told by three characters, Mary Queen of Scots, the Earl of Schrewsbury and his wife Bess during Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary to her cousin. A constant page turner and so interesting to read the story as told from all three perspectives. A must read. ( )
  ChrisCaz | Feb 23, 2021 |
I liked this considerably better on the 2nd reading.
I'm much more familiar with Bess of Hardwick. ( )
  LoisSusan | Dec 10, 2020 |
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This dazzling novel from the #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of history's most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines. Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary, Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth's promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the guest of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcome the doomed queen into their home, certain that serving as her hosts and jailers will bring them an advantage in the cutthroat world of the Elizabethan court. To their horror, they find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question. If Mary succeeds in seducing the earl into her own web of treachery and treason, or if the great spymaster William Cecil links them to the growing conspiracy to free Mary from her illegal imprisonment, they will all face the headsman.

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