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The Other Queen

A Novel (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)
Length: 16 hrs and 32 mins
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From number-one New York Times best-selling 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 threat to the English crown, is soon imprisoned by her former friend as a “guest” in the house of George Talbot, earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcomes the condemned 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 grow to realize the task will bankrupt their estate and lose them what little favor they’ve managed to gain as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Queen Elizabeth. And Mary is not as hopeless as she appears, manipulating the earl and spinning her own web of treachery and deceit, as she sharpens her weapons to reclaim her Scottish throne - and to take over Queen Elizabeth’s of England.

©2008 Philippa Gregory Limited (P)2019 Simon & Schuster

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Outstanding writing and reading, as usual

I was especially eager to listen to this book, as Alex Kingston and Richard Armitage are two of the readers. They did not disappoint. The manner in which each expressed their joys and their tears, along with an amazing turn as a man who is completely undone, were beyond any expectation I had.

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Another great book from Gregory!

The book takes a unique perspective on Queen Mary. I love Alex Kingston's performance! She is one of my favorites!

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My new favorite Phillippa Gregory book!

A story with a well known ending told from unique perspectives. It also told the not so well known story of Bess of Hardwick, which I found fascinating! I also enjoyed the narration very much. I am sad the book is over; wondering if my next choice will be as intriguing and intoxicating as this book was.