The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory is a historical-fiction novel originally published in 2017. Based on the author’s reading order suggestion and following chronology of real world history, it is the 14th book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (combination of Tudor Court and Cousins’ War series). Building the story around influential female royal figures, the series presents a fictionalized history of England.
The book follows the story of the three Grey sisters: Jane, Katherine, and Mary. Jane Grey was queen for nine days until Mary Tudor claimed the throne executed her for her Protestant faith. Later Katherine Gray was imprisoned since her pregnancy was a threat to the Tudor house. With her two sisters found tragic ends, Mary kept her secrets safe and decided to command her own life.
Cover and Details of The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory (PDF)
- Title: The Last Tudor (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels , Book 14)
- Author: Philippa Gregory
- Publisher: Touchstone
- Date Published: August 8, 2017
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147675876X
- ISBN-13: 9781476758763
Summary of the Book
Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. The dead king’s half-sister Mary Tudor quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block.
“Learn you to die,” was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine. She is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her sister Queen Elizabeth. 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. 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 cousin Queen Elizabeth?
Reviews of The Last Tudor
“Expect high demand for another outstanding entry in Gregory’s ongoing and best-selling Tudor saga.” (Booklist)
“All bow down before the queen of historical fiction.” (The Times)
“Gregory’s first-person perspective on late Tudor England’s turbulent history will delight existing and future fans.” (Library Journal, starred review)
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