The Last Tudor by Philippa GregoryThe Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory

The Last Tudor

byPhilippa Gregory

Hardcover | August 8, 2017

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The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen.

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block, where Jane transformed her father’s greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.

“Learn you to die,” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her half sister, Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marriage, she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister’s scaffold.

“Farewell, my sister,” writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy their queens, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving Queen Elizabeth?
Philippa Gregory was born in Nairobi, Kenya on January 9, 1954. She received a B.A. in history at Sussex University in 1982 and a Ph.D. in 18th-century literature from the University of Edinburgh in 1984. She has taught at numerous universities and was made a fellow of Kingston University in 1994. Her historical novels include: Wideacr...
Title:The Last TudorFormat:HardcoverDimensions:528 pages, 9.25 × 6.25 × 1.4 inPublished:August 8, 2017Publisher:TouchstoneLanguage:English

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Rated 1 out of 5 by from Nope-Couldn't Even Finish It I get that this is a retelling of history (I normally am a fan of this genre) but it was horribly repetitive. I found myself getting extremely annoyed with the characters, but other than that not caring at all aout what happened to them. In the end, I was so bored I couldn't finish it...
Date published: 2018-07-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from First read of Gregory books I picked this book up because it looked interesting. I liked the subject matter, the fact that there was a family tree to follow the royal lines was helpful and the separate stores of the 3 Grey sisters was different. I found it repetitive in some areas but overall I liked the book and will read more from the series.
Date published: 2018-05-29
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Depressing I thought that this book was very drawn out and very depressing. Maybe this is just not my era.
Date published: 2018-04-09
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Wonderful As always, she writes as though shes there, makes you feel as though you are a fly on the wall she is rich with her knowledge of the history in these books, a wonderful read
Date published: 2017-10-31
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I really enjoyed this book. I always love her books. You get caught up in the story that you forget the time .
Date published: 2017-10-12
Rated 3 out of 5 by from okay it was pretty good, although there were some problems with it.
Date published: 2017-09-18
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Quick Read I liked the perspectives of this book on Elizabeth's reign. Considering the length of the book it was a quick read.
Date published: 2017-09-13
Rated 4 out of 5 by from really good This was another fascinating Tudor historical fiction, this one about the Grey sisters. The Grey sisters are the granddaughters of King Henry VIII's younger sister, Mary. Upon King Edward's death, and per his will, the Protestant reformers put Jane Grey on the throne instead of Edward's sister, Mary Tudor. Queen Jane Grey ruled for only 9 days when Mary's followers managed to remove Jane and put Mary on the throne. I knew the story of Jane Grey, sort of. Not the entire story, and nothing of her two sisters, Katherine and Mary. Philippa Gregory gives us an account of the three sisters. I had no idea that both Katherine and Mary Grey were also eventually imprisoned. I found the story fascinating and would read this book any chance I had. Yes, most of the book is fiction, but the major events are true. Philippa explains that this book will be the last of the Tudor books, which saddens me. Because of her, I've become a bit Tudor obsessed.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 3 out of 5 by from It was good but ... I'm trying to find a compliment but I'm having a hard time off the bat so I'll list the negatives first. I feel like she has WAY overdone the Tudor era. She's overlapping the characters and storylines so that there are inconsistencies of characters etc and it just feels over padded because history is so big and she's focused all her time on such a short span. Not to say that I don't like the Tudors I love them but I'm exhausted by her attention to them. None of the characters were likable. She preaches about being a feminist but I do not have this sense here. All the characters are vain, self righteous, arrogant, vindictive ... I could go on. And she seems to despise Elizabeth in a passion. This almost seemed like an excuse just for her to show how unloved she was. All three of the main characters go on about how they hate Elizabeth and how much more they deserve to be on the throne then her. Calling her a whore and petty and all assortments of insults while saying they much more deserve to be Queen. No one cares. Or I don't care. Henry VIII said that his children were in line for the throne THEN you guys. You're not princesses. Your Princess Mother married a Noble who gave birth to a noble who married a noble and had noble children. And your father was executed for Treason so don't go on about Robert being the son of a Treasonous man because he did the same. I was often uncomfortable with Mary's husband saying that he was in love with her since she was a child of ten and cradling her like a child. That felt uncomfortable. She also likes to repeat herself six times in a sentence. "My husband is dead. My dead husband the dead husband has died 10 years after we were married, dead husband." We get it ugh. Glad this is the hopefully last book she'll write on the Tudors and that we can move on from this period that she seems to like to criticize and debase. Especially Elizabeth. In the vein of Britney's biggest fan "LEAVE ELIZABETH ALONE!"
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great vivid potrail I have read a lot of books on Anne Boleyn and mainly written by Phillipa Gregory. I believe that I read this book and got a better understanding of how Anne really felt as this falls more into the historical timeline.
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Not as good as True Wife I didn't like it as much as her Katherine of Aragon version. I liked that she portrayed Henry as unattractive and that he was sexually harassing her and that it wasn't her pursing him for ambition. Because this is probably closer to what really happened. And it was nice to actually read about her years in France and that because that is often glossed over. With that said I did have issues. I didn't like the frequent use of rape. That Mary was raped by the King of France then England then her mistress was raped and her brother was raped. Mary being forced into those relationships makes sense but it came off as too much. Especially when her brother was doing it because she essentially brushed it off. I hate what he did but I love him. And then George murdering the Queen. Why was that necessary? She was old and stressed and in poor living conditions so why mess that up by insisting she was murdered? It felt unnecessary. And when Henry and Anne became engaged I found Anne very unlikable with how arrogant and rude she became. It was like the story was separate from the character in that I never followed her ambitions or felt her anxieties. She just said things because they were historically accurate but it didn't fit with how she'd developed. Especially with Norris. Why taunt him about looking for Dead Man's Shoes when their "relationship" was so precarious? And that she didn't love Elizabeth. All these changes appeared to make her more unlikable and it is unfortunate because I love her so much as an individual and this book left a bad taste in my mouth.
Date published: 2017-06-07
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Loved it I'm a fan of Tracy Borman, her documentary appearances are always interesting and she has a great grasp of the era. I loved this book - it delves into the background of the Tudor age and presents itself with authority and competence. She's just an all-around great historian!
Date published: 2017-05-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Looks good All of her books are amazing, and this one looks like it will be another great one.
Date published: 2017-05-25

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