The Other Queen

Paperback | July 7, 2009

byPhilippa Gregory

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A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl. 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 a riveting tale of betrayal, loyalty, politics and passion.

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A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl. 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 b...

Philippa Gregory is an internationally renowned author of historical novels. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. Works that have been adapted for television include A Respectable Trade, The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen's Fool. The Other Boleyn Girl is now a major film, starring Scarlett...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:448 pagesPublished:July 7, 2009Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0007192142

ISBN - 13:9780007192144

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Other Queen Loved this book! I found it much better than The Other Boleyn Girl, it was more interesting with a better story line.
Date published: 2017-01-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fantastic!! One of her best novels! A must read.
Date published: 2016-12-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from loved it! Great book!! loved it!
Date published: 2016-12-07
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not that great Not that great book,really slow and hard to like the characters.
Date published: 2016-12-02
Rated 3 out of 5 by from this book was only okay I did not love this book as much as some of the others. It's hard to feel very much intrigue when Mary is imprisoned for so much of it.
Date published: 2016-11-28
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not bad Not one of her best novels, kind of drags on a little bit but overall an okay read. #plumreview
Date published: 2016-11-05
Rated 3 out of 5 by from The other queen. I will be honest this novel did not intrigue like almost all the others. Mary is basically a spoilt brat.
Date published: 2013-06-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I liked the differing viewpoints Mary, Queen of Scots went to England, looking for sanctuary with her cousin Queen Elizabeth I's help. Mary was confident that Elizabeth would help her get back to her throne in Scotland. At the same time, Mary also thought she was the legitimate ruler of England. There were too many plots against Elizabeth and Mary ended up imprisoned in England for the rest of her life. She stayed with Bess of Hardwick and her husband, George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury. While there, George fell in love with Mary, while Bess, a shrewd businesswoman, watched all their money disappear due to housing a queen and all the expenses that go with that. The book alternated between the viewpoints of all three characters, Mary, Bess and George. I liked that about this book. For the length of the book, I thought it would take much longer to read, but I read it fairly quickly. I can't even explain why, but it seemed to get better for me in the second half. I really enjoyed this one.
Date published: 2013-01-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Wow! As with all Ms Gregory's novels, this one sparkled! It's all there: intrigue, scandal, betrayal and ambition.
Date published: 2009-12-04
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Good but not great. I have been a fan of Miss Gregory since I read The Other Boelyn Girl. So I figured this would be another hit, but i was mistaken. This particular installment is the story of Mary Queen of Scots versus Queen Elizabeth the First, and how Elizabeth held the Scots queen for years as a prisoner under pretense of aid and protection while she played political mastermind with the two countries. This book it written from the viewpoints of three people, Queen Mary and the husband and wife who were appointed by Queen Elizabeth to house and host the Scots Queen. I'm not sure if the multiple viewpoints was a good thing. Yes, it aided character development greatly by allowing the reader into the thought processes of each individual, but the pace and quality of the story itself suffered for it. This was one of those books where I began skimming and skipping chapters in order to move on with the story, and skip parts identical to what I had previously read. I know that Gregory was trying to be historically accurate, but I wonder if there was a way she could have cut down on all the shuffling from castle to castle Queen Mary was put through at the changing whims of Queen Elizabeth. By the third time the flight was portrayed, it was getting repetitive. My favorite parts of the book were the first 6-9 chapters and the last three or four. In the beginning, everything is fresh and new and the world that these characters live in is being unfolded before your eyes, along with the characters themselves and that's always fun. And the passion, heartbreak, and acceptance you find in the last chapters is really moving. But in between those I found the book a bit repetitive and slow. In the end it wasn't a bad book per se, but I definitely did not consider it on par with her other works.
Date published: 2009-09-05

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Praise for Philppa Gregory:'Written from instinct, not out of calculation, and it shows.'Peter Ackroyd, The Times'For sheer pace and percussive drama it will take a lot of beating.' Sunday Times'Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-lattered dining. She invokes some swoonsome images.while the politics are personal enough to remain pertinent.' DailyTelegraph'The contemporary mistress of historical crime fiction is Philippa Gregory. Her novels are filled with strong, determined women who take their fate into their own hands.Gregory brings to life the sights, smells and textures of 16th-century England.' Kate Mosse, Financial Times