The Other Queen

The Other Queen A dramatic novel of passion politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl in which Mary Queen of Scots fights to regain her kingdom whilst under the guard of Queen Elizabeth s tru

  • Title: The Other Queen
  • Author: Philippa Gregory
  • ISBN: 9780007190348
  • Page: 176
  • Format: Hardcover
  • A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl, in which Mary, Queen of Scots, fights to regain her kingdom whilst under the guard of Queen Elizabeth s trusted accomplice, Bess of Hardwick Mary is Queen of Scotland but she has been forced to flee her land and take refuge in an England that is ruled by her cousin Elizabeth But EA dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl, in which Mary, Queen of Scots, fights to regain her kingdom whilst under the guard of Queen Elizabeth s trusted accomplice, Bess of Hardwick Mary is Queen of Scotland but she has been forced to flee her land and take refuge in an England that is ruled by her cousin Elizabeth But England, precarious in its Protestant state, set against the mighty powers of Spain, France and Rome, doesn t need a charismatic Catholic figurehead at large So Elizabeth s chief advisor, Cecil, devises a plan in which Mary will live under guard with his trusted accomplice Bess of Hardwick Bess is a self made woman, a shrewd survivor She is newly married to her fourth and most distinguished husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury But what marriage can withstand the charms of Mary Or the threat of rebellion that she always carries Mary must wait in her privileged imprisonment for the return to Scotland and her infant son but waiting is not the same as doing nothing With her characteristic combination of superb storytelling and authentic historical background, Philippa Gregory brings to life this period of great change in her final novel in the Tudor series

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    1. This book took me quite some time to get through. I have read Philippa Gregory's other books, and though they are not always factually correct, and most often read like gossip mags, I have come to enjoy them and expect that of her books. This was so long and drawn out, and not at all enjoyable. It is written from the viewpoint of Mary Queen of Scots and her two jailers, but you are never engaged with any of the three main characters. Gregory simply twists and repeats the same sentiments for each [...]

    2. It wouldn't be hard to accuse me of building up so much anticipation for the release of 'The Other Queen' that it was doomed to fail from the start. Much in the way 'The Other Boleyn Girl' movie was always going to tick me off - even if I do love Eric Bana. So, I am willing to cop a little of the flack when I say that I've found Gregory's latest and last Tudor novel effort a little disappointing. This was still a great book about the imprisonment of Mary Queen of Scots, I just felt it wasn't up [...]

    3. The ill-fated Mary Queen of Scots.The Tudor blood ran in her veins yet she was ousted from Scotland and denied the English crown in the event of Elizabeth's death. Her right to the crown is often debated amongst historians.Her guardian George Talbot 6th Earl of Shrewsbury.A man torn between serving his own queen Elizabeth 1 and Mary who is thrust into his household. He was in an unenviable situation; to serve England or to honor what is right and just.His wife Bess Talbot Countess of Shrewsbury. [...]

    4. I cannot fathom why every reader must compare every book of Gregory's to The Other Boleyn Girl. I understand that it was the most popular and was made into a film. That doesn't mean every comment should be "This is not like The Other Boleyn Girl" or "This is so much better than The Other Boleyn Girl". Can't an author write other books and in other writing styles?! Furthermore, I will bet a million dollars that 80% of the other readers NEVER read The Other Boleyn Girl and only saw the film which [...]

    5. Gregory seems to have changed her style some since 'The Other Boleyn Girl'. This is certainly not a frothy bit of 16th century soap opera but quite a serious and well researched bit of historical fiction on life of Mary, Queen of Scots during the first few years of her imprisonment in England.It also places a great focus on one of my personal heroines of the period, Bess of Hardwick. She is one of the three narrators. The others are Mary and Bess' husband George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who s [...]

    6. This is the latest book in the Tudor series and it is painful to get through. I can pick up The Other Boleyn Girl and read through it in one sitting, but each book in the Tudor series grows more and more tired until we are left with the mess that is The Other Queen. Using three different perspectives worked fine in The Boleyn Inheritance, but in this book they change so often, sometimes lasting only a page and a half, it is hard to grow attached, or even understand the point of view of one singl [...]

    7. First off: I cheated. As soon as I realized that this book was Tudor-Lite, I speed-read it just to be done with it. Which made me sad: Great Britain in the 16th century is one of my favorite periods in which to read historical fiction and non-fiction, and I've read a *lot* of these books over the years. So "Mary as divinity" wasn't a surprise, turning the fascinating Bess of Hardwick into a Elizabethian version of Angela Channing just turned me off, and George Talbot made absolutely no impact on [...]

    8. 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 [...]

    9. What I love about Philippa Gregory's novels is that you fall in love with the main character, even if you hated them as a periphery character in a previous book; and you also find yourself hating periphery characters that were main characters in another novel and you feel like your world is all upside-down and you love it all the more for that. In this book I find myself hating Queen Elizabeth once again because of my complete sympathy with the main character of Mary, Queen of Scots. At the same [...]

    10. This novel is based on the true life story of Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots.Mary looks to her cousin, Queen Elizabeth of England, for sanctuary after fleeing the violent rebellions in Scotland. Though she is promised protection, Mary is perceived as a serious threat to the English crown, and finds herself imprisoned as a "guest" in the house of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsberry, and his wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcome the condemned queen into their home, hoping that servi [...]

    11. Gostei muito de ler este livro. Nunca tinha lido nada desta escritora e apreciei este romance histórico. Bem escrito, com personagens "reais" e emocionantes. Com capítulos curtos, optimos para alguém como eu que não tem muito tempo seguido para ler. Fiquei com vontade de ler mais livros desta autoria

    12. I groaned when I realised that Philippa Gregory had returned (why, oh why?!) to the formula she used in "The Boleyn Inheritance" of three different first person narrators. Three reasons why this format doesn't work for Gregory. One, she has a tendency to use this as a crutch so that she can "tell" rather than "show". Two, the voice of the three different narrators is indistinguishable and you only knew who was narrating which chapter because the chapter heading always said so. Three, in an effor [...]

    13. This is Philippa Gregory's worst book. If this had been her debut novel, it would never have been published. I've read most of Gregory's books, Ive come to realize that the bad outweigh the good. And here is her book of shame: When the book opens, Mary, cousin to Elizabeth, seeks protection and refuge in England. She has been chased from France, following the death of her husband. The Scots hate and rebel ag/ her. She has no one but Queen Elizabeth. Elizabeth promises her safety, but keeps her g [...]

    14. The latest in Gregory's Tudor Court novels is about Mary, Queen of Scots. It sent me back to my Anne Somerset biography of Elizabeth I to look at certain details, and like most historical fiction, has prompted an interest in reading more actual history about the characters involved.The book surprised me by being *very* focused on the Queen of Scots, with little of Elizabeth at all. It makes sense, but still surprised me. What also surprised me was the assumption that the average reader would be [...]

    15. Actually, what really got on my nerves was that Bess of Hardwick had to be such a jealous bi***. What can she expect Mary to do? Seduce old men or sell herself? She is born to be a queen, and a born sofisticated young women, and bold, and truely brave. Not to mention a beautiful lady. Bess, to me seems like an old ugly b****. I see that she's jealous about George, her husband the Earl of Shrewsbury, falling in love with Queen Mary, but what can the poor guy do? She's so intimidating and has such [...]

    16. Philippa Gregory writes brilliantly, and really draws her reader into the sights, sounds, feeling of the 16th century. She really brings history to life.

    17. I admit it - I love Phillippa Gregory. I love the court intrigue, the dynastic dynamic, the dresses, the balls, the hunts, the politics, the ever changing religious influences, and the rises and falls to power. And her writing, and the way she captures characters and tells the tale. A number of years ago, maybe 5? I read the first one in the chronological order - the Rivers of ? This one featured the mother of Elizabeth Woodville, who fell for and possibly entrapped with a family line of magic, [...]

    18. After reading a few of Philippa Gregory’s books set earlier in the Tudor period, I should have predicted the ending to this. But of course I went into this, knowing nothing about Mary Queen of Scots. Out of the books I’ve read from this author, this is my favourite, perhaps because I really wanted to keep reading because of my lack of knowledge of the heroine, if we can call her that, and the ending surprised me. Yes. I know. I should have known how it was going to end. It was also a pleasan [...]

    19. Not one of my favourite Gregory booksE OTHER QUEEN is about Mary Queen of Scots and covers the time from when she enters England to throw herself on her cousin's mercy. her cousin being, of course, Queen Elizabeth I - hence the title the other Queen. The story finishes at Mary's execution. Mary is kept in custody in England - and her jailers were husband and wife Bess and George. George falls in love with the doomed Queen and Bess just looks on. THE OTHER QUEEN is told from the points of view of [...]

    20. Phillippa Gregory novels are sort of my secret shame - I love her books and pretty much devour them as soon as they come out. This one waswell, it was just okay. The historical focus(Mary Queen of Scots) is intriguing, butI felt like it was sort of just.h, as Gregory basically gave Mary no personality other than her bizarre obsession with freedom (honestly, the character must have said (or had commented about her) that she "had to be free" about 95 times. I GET IT, okay?) and did a lot of tellin [...]

    21. This book was disappointing. I usually love Phillipa Gregory's writing, but I found myself having a hard time getting attached to the story; it was told from three points of view, switching every page and a half or so. I liked Bess of Hardwick, I was intrigued by Mary, but George annoyed me. More of Bess and Mary, and less of George and I might've loved this book.Most of the book detailed attempts to release Mary by the northern lords of England, this was interesting. However, the book sort of j [...]

    22. Not Philippa Grefory's best book by far, but it was okay. The story of Mary Queen of Scotts, this one was told from the view point of three different people, and while the comparison between Mary and Bess was interesting, the book did seem very repetitive on many issues, and did drag a bit.

    23. Not my favorite Philippa Gregory book.I liked about a third of it, and that was Mary's third. I really didn't have any interest in Bess and George, though. Bess was just a bunch of repetitive talk about her fortune, and George was a bunch of repetitive talk about loyalty and honor. I just don't think they were written in a way that would have done their actual selves justice, because there really wasn't a lot to them.I feel like this would have been a more interesting novel if it went between Ma [...]

    24. Philippa Gregory é um dos nomes de respeito quando se fala em ficção histórica, visto que os seus livros têm conquistado fãs por todo o mundo e fazem parte da lista de bestsellers do New York Times. Historiadora e escritora, a sua paixão pelo período Tudor resultou em Duas Irmãs e um Rei, um livro que alcançou um sucesso tal que levou Hollywood a comprar os seus direitos e a realizar um filme com o mesmo nome com Eric Bana, Natalie Portman e Scarlett Johnson como protagonistas. A parti [...]

    25. A dinastia Tudor sempre me fascinou, especialmente durante os reinados de Henry VIII e da Rainha Elizabeth- a Rainha Virgem.Uma vez que esta série é composta por seis volumes e Henry VIII casou-se seis vezes, assumi erradamente que este livro se referia à sua sexta mulher, Catherine Parr. Se tivesse lido a sinopse, tal não teria acontecido, por isso mea culpa De qualquer maneira, dificilmente teria deixado passar a oportunidade de o ler, uma vez que a Nidia foi generosa o suficiente para o p [...]

    26. This novel deals with Mary Queen of Scots' early captivity in England whilst under the ';care' of Gilbert Talbot and his wife, Bess of Hardwick.The book is written in the first person with each of Gilbert, Mary and Bess have a 'voice' in which to describe events as they have seen / experienced them. This is an interesting idea but imposes limitations on Gregory which in turn become major weaknesses - we cannot know anything the characters themselves do not know which leads to the introduction of [...]

    27. Excellent characterization. The book is narrated by Mary Stuart (Queen of Scots), George Talbot (Earl of Shrewsbury) and his wife Bess. From the opening narratives we know who we are dealing with - Bess: "I am where I am today by making the most of myself, and getting the best price for what I could bring to market. I am a self-made woman - self-made, self-polished and self-sold - and proud of it."George: "I am nobody's agent. I am no bought opinion. I am no hired blade. But I will do my duty - [...]

    28. As an avid reader of Philippa Gregory's historical fiction, I was very excited for this book to hit the shelves but I ended up being somewhat disappointed with it. The book takes place during the time of the house arrest of Mary, Queen of Scots. The story is narrated from three viewpoints-Mary, her guardian George, Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife Bess. At first, newlyweds George and Bess are honored with Queen Elizabeth asks them to house Queen Mary and her court after her trial in London until [...]

    29. On those days when I'm feeling sorry for myself I can now say, 'Hey, it could be worse, you could have been Mary, Queen of Scots. Wow, was this depressing! I know, I know It was obvious from the beginning that Mary's story would not end well, but still, I felt the urge to lecture the people in the book: 'Don't do it, Mary!' or 'Be nice, Elizabeth!' I usually like the author's historical details, but there wasn't so much of that in this book. I also think that it was repetitive and drawn out two [...]

    30. Anche questo libro, come Caterina la prima moglie, poteva avere la meta' delle pagine. Sembra che la Gregory cerchi di allungare il brodo sempre con le stesse cose e gli stessi concetti.

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