The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory is a historical-fiction novel first released in 2008. As in suggested reading order by the author, based on real world chronology, it is the 15th book in The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels (combination of Tudor Court and Cousins’ War series). The series loosely adapts the history of England and focuses on influential female royal figures in the history of the Kingdom.
The book focuses on Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots, and her struggle during her lengthy imprisonment in England under George and Elizabeth Talbot. The story is delivered from three different points of view: Mary Stuart (Mary I), George Talbot (6th Earl of Shrewsbury) and Elizabeth Talbot (Bess of Hardwick).
Cover and Details of The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory (PDF)
- Title: The Other Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels , Book 15)
- Author: Philippa Gregory
- Publisher: Touchstone
- Date Published: September 16, 2008
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1416549129
- ISBN-13: 9781416549123
Summary of the Book
Fleeing violent rebellions in Scotland, Mary looks to Queen Elizabeth of England for sanctuary. Though promised protection, Mary, perceived as a serious threat to the English crown, is soon imprisoned by her former friend as a “guest” in the house of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of Hardwick. The newly married couple welcomes the condemned 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 grow to realize that the task will bankrupt their estate and lose them what little favor they’ve managed to gain as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Queen Elizabeth. And Mary is not as hopeless as she appears, manipulating the earl and spinning her own web of treachery and deceit, as she sharpens her weapons to reclaim her Scottish throne—and to take over Queen Elizabeth’s of England.
Reviews of The Other Queen
“Mary’s hell-bent assuredness combines deliciously with brisk chapt ers and rich historical detail. Indulge.” —People Magazine
“A mesmerizing novel that will keep readers turning pages deep into the night…as sweet and thorny as a wild English rose.” —BookPage
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