Two women competing for a man's heart....
Two queens fighting to the death for dominance...
Here is the untold story of Mary Queen of Scots, in which New York Times best-selling 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 jailors 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 succeeded in seducing the Earl, or if the great spy master William Cecil linked them to the growing conspiracy to free Mary from her illegal imprisonment, they will all face the headsman.
Heralded as "the queen of royal fiction" by USA Today, Philippa Gregory uses new research and her passion for historical accuracy to place a well-known heroine in a completely new story full of suspense, passion, and political intrigue. The Other Queen is the result of her determination to present a story worthy of this extraordinary heroine.
©2008 Phillipa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"Mary's hell-bent assuredness combines deliciously with brisk chapters and rich historical detail. Indulge." (People)
I compare this book to The Red Queen. Both books contain characters that can be abrasive and borderline annoying. Its enjoyable to expand ones imagination beyond the historical characters whom we admire.
The various characters are always well developed and true to themselves in Philippa Gregory's novels. This time; however, the characters repeat themselves and their thoughts over and over and over. It moved much slower than her other books in this series.
I still enjoyed the book from the historical standpoint, and she definitely got across what the politics and lives of the people of England were during this period. It also illustrates how society had to deal with changing times. I enjoyed Bess's "self made woman" approach to life. She, too, was an example of how society was in transition from royal and noble rule to people rising in status due to cleverness and hard work.
Bress remains my favorite and the character I was rooting for, but her husband was soooo noble and lost in his love and concern as well as caught up in the change of status for the nobles that my heart felt for him as well.
I will use this book to reinforce what life was like in England during this time frame with my fifth grade class. It is so difficult for them to understand just how trapped women of that time were as well as all the political plots which can be applied to politics just about anywhere and any time.
Philippa Gregory is a master at making history interesting. I am basically a fan of mysteries and detective novels. She fits this genre as well as historical fiction.
I have now read all of Philippa Gregory's "Tudor" Series and loved, loved them all!! Each book gives great insight into each character and the time period. Philippa Gregory is an outstanding writer!!! The narration was great and puts you in the time period as you listen. Narrators didn't lose my attention!! Great Book!!
I usually enjoy Philippa Gregory. I don't know why I can't get into this book. I just can't get into it. I'm goint to request a refund.
Best part was the narration. The narrators were incredibly realistic.
In some sections the story line was redendant and it was very slow.
Yes. I have read and/or listened several of her works.
Since ther story is told from the perspective of three historical figures, each brought the personalities, and their significant differences to life. THey did an excellent job.
history, entertaining and enjoyable
This is a great example where a history lesson can be entertaining and enjoyable
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