The Other Queen by Philippa GregoryThe Other Queen by Philippa Gregory

The Other Queen

byPhilippa Gregory

Paperback | July 7, 2009

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A dramatic novel of passion, politics and betrayal from the author of The Other Boleyn Girl.They can fear me, and they can hate me. They can even deny me. But they cannot kill me.1568. The Virgin Queen Elizabeth I has ruled England for ten years, but refuses to name a successor, despite the rival claims that threaten her kingdom.Bess of Hardwick, the new Countess of Shrewsbury, has secured her future with her fourth marriage to George Talbot. Ambitious and shrewd, Bess anticipates royal favour when she and the Earl are asked to give sanctuary to the fugitive Mary Queen of Scots.But the Scottish queen rails against house arrest in a desolate castle and plots to regain her throne. The castle becomes the epicentre of intrigue against Elizabeth, the Earl blinded by admiration for the other queen. Even Bess's own loyalty is thrown into question. If Elizabeth's spymaster William Cecil links the Talbots to the growing conspiracy to free Mary, they will all face the Tower.
Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which became a major film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. Her Cousins' War novels were the basis for the highly successful BBC series, The ...
Title:The Other QueenFormat:PaperbackDimensions:448 pagesPublished:July 7, 2009Publisher:HARPERCOLLINS PUBLISHERSLanguage:English

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good read! Was a good read, I love Philippa Gregory! Book was a touch choppy but still enjoyed it!
Date published: 2018-06-01
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Another miss by Gregory Told from three points of view, Mary Queen of Scots, George Talbot, and his wife Bess, its sometimes a bit hard to follow. The narrative is completely boring, with repetitive sections. A difficult read, even for die-hard Gregory fans. There's really nothing new here, and nothing which hasn't been addressed before. I found the characters in this book are shallow and flat. Normally Philippa Gregory has a gift for making Tudor England come alive, there is no question that Gregory is a talented author who well researches her books. With this book I have to wonder if Gregory has lost her interest in this subject.
Date published: 2017-11-08
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Slow read Mary came off as a petty little girl which made the read slow.
Date published: 2017-09-09
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Not Great I had a tough time getting through this book and staying interested. I love Philippa Gregory for the way she writes historical fiction novels but I did not enjoy this novel and found it rather dry and boring.
Date published: 2017-06-08
Rated 3 out of 5 by from An okay read I am a casual fan of Gregory's. This was not my favourite novel of her's. I feel that she made Mary, Queen of Scots as fickle, resulting in her being under developed compared to the other well written women in the book.
Date published: 2017-05-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love! I just love everything that Philippa Gregory published! The third queen is a delitfull book, that really brings the reader to a trip throught the history. If you like historic novels, this book is for you!
Date published: 2017-04-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Other Queen Philippa Gregory is one of my favourite authors, and I absolutely love anything with Mary Queen of Scots, so I was so excited to read her novel focusing on the beautiful and tragic Scottish Queen. This was definitely an interesting take on Mary's story. The novel focuses on her time under house arrest in England with the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, Bess of Hardwick. I did think it was creative to have the three different viewpoints and to see the different characters react to the same events, but it did get tedious when you wanted to read more about Mary's thoughts and plans, or even Shrewsbury's developing romance, when instead you had to sift through Bess constantly complaining and obsessing over how much money they were spending. Overall it was a great read but I could've done with less of complaining from Bess, and more with Mary's hope of reclaiming her country.
Date published: 2017-02-15
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 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

Editorial Reviews

Praise for Philippa 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.' Daily Telegraph'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