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The Last Tudor (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels) Hardcover – August 8, 2017
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"All bow down before the queen of historical fiction." (The Times)
"Expect high demand for another outstanding entry in Gregory’s ongoing and best-selling Tudor saga." (Booklist)
"Gregory’s first-person perspective on late Tudor England’s turbulent history will delight existing and future fans." (Library Journal, starred review)
“Master of historical fiction Philippa Gregory returns this summer with another installment in her titillating The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels collection. In The Last Tudor, readers get to know Lady Jane Grey —England's queen for only nine days, but their martyr for all of history — and her two sisters, Katherine and Mary, all of whom buck expectations and defy orders in order to shape their own destinies during the Tudor dynasty rule. Poised to be another outstanding addition to the best-selling saga, this late-summer release is worth waiting for.” (Bustle.com)
"True to her style, Philippa Gregory weaves a story that draws readers in and tugs at the heart, featuring characters who defy everyone’s expectations. She clearly loves the Tudor court; every detail is pristine, and the drama is spot on. The sadness is followed by immense happiness, but in the midst of high drama, Gregory doesn’t let you down. She delivers every emotion so subtly that you’ll be crying even before the intensity of the scene hits you. Gregory is at her best in THE LAST TUDOR, a must-read for historical fiction enthusiasts and certainly for her countless fans.” (Bookreporter.com)
"Gregory's deep knowledge of the period shows....the story of how proximity to power brought tragedy to the three young women is worth telling again. This is a compelling and convincing interpretation." (The Times)
"Immaculate research, pacy narratives, and a stubborn insistence that history is not only about men....a powerful reminder of how precarious the lives of Tudor women could be." (Daily Mail)
"Spellbinding." (Woman & Home)
"Gregory's skill has always been to breathe life into historical figures, creating real and engaging characters, and her fans will love this final installment of her Tudor saga."
About the Author
Philippa Gregory is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her work has been adapted for the screen in The Other Boleyn Girl movie and the critically acclaimed STARZ miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess. Her most recent novel is The Last Tudor. She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds two honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.
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This book was hard to begin because I found Jane so insufferable. She is so full of herself and her belief that her piety makes her so much greater than anyone that she is very hard to take. Unfortunately the beginning is an overly long monologue before the book finally starts to pick up with the events that will lead to her coronation and of course her execution. There is very little backstory about her parents but there are subtle hints at her childhood and her parents actions at the tower make very clear where their priorities are. This account is very different from from the ones I've read in the books by Alison Weir and Ella March Chase. I can understand the authors taking divergent views of her personality but it is interesting that there is such different accounts of things I would have thought were well known, for example in this book Guilford is not a mean savage.
If you aren't familiar with this complicated family or need a reminder you may want to look up what happened with the final wife of King Henry, as Katherine Parr and her husband Thomas are mentioned, as well as the rumors regarding him and the future Queen Elizabeth, but there are few details or backstory in this account. I always found it strange from the other books that Jane and Elizabeth weren't closer given their common faith but perhaps this version of Jane with her competitive piety explains that. I was surprised that this version differs so much in her last days with her confessor. I enjoyed the accounts in the other books of his esteem for her.
Moving on to Katherine was a relief from Jane, at least at first. This version of Katherine sees her shortcomings and has her own ambitions but more than anything wants to marry her beloved. Unfortunately I've had a hard time with this book. I carried on with Jane to get to the end and I'd like to get to Mary to see how she is portrayed in this version, I'm already intrigued that she and the Queen's dwarf are not on good terms, but I find Katherine's section too tedious to read for long. I keep putting it down and I do not look forward to plunging through it. For that reason I haven't been able to finish it and cannot recommend it. I received ARC from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.