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Series: Tudor Court #7
Published by Touchstone on September 16th 2008
Source: the library
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Two women competing for a man's heart. Two queens fighting to the death for dominance. The untold story of Mary, Queen of Scots.
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.
Philippa Gregory uses new research and her passion for historical accuracy to place a well-known heroine in a completely new tale full of suspense, passion, and political intrigue. For years, readers have clamored for Gregory to tell Mary's story, and The Other Queen is the result of her determination to present a novel worthy of this extraordinary heroine.
I’ve been reading this book now for 3.5 weeks, when it really should have only taken me a day or two. The action is very slow, there’s not a lot of time for development of the characters. I could not get emotionally invested in any of the three main characters telling the tale. Each chapter is incredibly short, and this drove me nuts throughout the book.
I love Mary, and I love anything vaguely Tudor, so I’ve been wanting to read this book for a while. I wasn’t crazy about the back-and-forth taking-turns-telling-the-story in the Boleyn Inheritance, and I was so disappointed when I realized that this book was more of the same.
The story moves so slowly, that I was bored throughout most of the book. Only my stubbornness & love for Gregory’s other books, made me force myself to continue.
As others have said, if you are really interested in the history or Mary, or if you are in general a Gregory fan as I am, then the book is absolutely worth reading. It’s not a good book to try, if you’ve never read one of hers before.