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Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels) Hardcover – August 9, 2016
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"Mesmerizing, intimate...Gregory defines what it means to be a writer of historical fiction. She lures readers straight into the hearts and minds of her characters by masterful storytelling and brilliant reimagination blended with historical fact. She brings history to life." (RT Book Reviews)
"A fictional tale as steeped in history as it is in intrigue and family dysfunction....Gregory excels in plucking real-life women out of their secondary places in the historical chorus and placing them stage center in starring roles." (Booklist)
"Philippa Gregory’s historical fiction about the Tudors, including the best-seller The Other Boleyn Girl, has earned her a devoted following, and Three Sisters, Three Queens is sure to bring her more." (St. Paul Pioneer Press)
“The ultimate job in centuries past was ruling. Historical fiction maven Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl) takes on three women, all part of King Henry VIII’s world, who serve as queens of England, France, and Scotland.” (Library Journal)
"Spellbinding." (Shelf Awareness)
"By the time I had read the first few pages of Three Sisters, Three Queens, I knew that once again Gregory had grabbed me by the collar and simply wouldn't let me go. . . . Although the urge to race through the novel to see what happens next is strong, smart readers will read slowly and savor the chance to travel back in time and live in an era that can now be found only in the pages of such a magical book.” (Book Reporter)
Praise for The Taming of the Queen:
“Who’s ever heard of Kateryn Parr? Henry VIII’s sixth wife was smart, independent—and managed to outlive him. In historical-fiction-queen Gregory’s latest, she’s unforgettable.” (People Magazine)
“Full of vivid details and fraught with the constant tension of a court run by a madman, this novel will appeal most to historical fiction readers and those who enjoyed Wolf Hall. . . . Gregory beautifully builds the suspense.”—Library Journal
“Gregory does her usual excellent job of ratcheting up the intrigue and suspense as another intelligent and strong-willed heroine fights for her life and her legacy.”—Booklist
“Gregory puts readers at the scene with visceral details.” (Kirkus Reviews)
Praise for The King's Curse:
"Loyalties are torn, paranoia festers and you can almost hear the bray of royal trumpets as the period springs to life. It’s a bloody irresistible read." (People)
“Infuses vitality into an oft-forgotten player in the aftermath of the War of the Roses—Margaret Poole, heiress to the defeated Plantagenet clan.” (Closer)
“Margaret’s story is shocking, deeply moving and offers an alternative view on a much-told tale. Gregory is on form here; her depiction of Henry VIII’s transformation from indulged golden boy to sinister tyrant is perfectly pitched and seems more horrific still when we are made intimate witnesses to the devastation of Margaret’s family. . . . I defy anyone to remain dry-eyed as the story reaches its tragic denouement.”—The Sunday Express (UK)
“[A] gripping and detailed chronicle, with plenty of court intrigue and politics to spice up the action . . . . Highly recommended.” —Library Journal (starred review)
“Nobody does dynastic history like Gregory.”—Booklist
"Gregory manages to keep us in suspense as to what will befall her characters....Under [her] spell, we keep hoping history won't repeat itself.”—Kirkus Reviews
"An illuminating portrait. . . Gregory moves confidently through a tangle of intrigue, revenge, and tyranny toward a shocking betrayal."—Publishers Weekly
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"Bring on the blood, sex and tears! . . . You name it, it's all here."—USA Today
“This rich tapestry brings to vivid life the court of Henry and Elizabeth. Meticulously drawn characters with a seamless blending of historical fact and fiction combine in a page-turning epic of a story. Tudor-fiction fans can never get enough, and they will snap this one up.”—Library Journal (starred review)
"The White Princess features one of the more intriguing theories about the possible fate of the princes."—The Washington Post
Praise for Philippa Gregory:
“The queen of royal fiction.”—USA Today
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 Cousins’ War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed STARZ miniseries The White Queen. Her most recent novel is Three Sisters, Three Queens. 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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The story line in this book centers around the relationships among three women in the early 16th Century Tudor court: Margaret Tudor, Mary Tudor and Katherine of Aragon. The first two women are sisters, daughters of Henry VII and Elizabeth of York ("The White Princess"). The third -- Katherine -- is their sister-in-law, married first to their older brother, Arthur; then later to the second son who will be Henry VIII. The three women take part and are part of several historical events and all become queens. Margaret married the Scots King, James IV and is the mother of James V. Mary is briefly married to the French King, Louis XII. Katherine, as mentioned, is Henry VIII's first queen.
This story could have been much more interesting, given their interactions in history, but regrettably Ms. Gregory continues in her habit of assigning personality traits to a character and hammers them home to the point that they become almost caricatures of themselves. Katherine is The Long-Suffering Saint. Mary becomes The Somewhat Ditzy Blonde. Margaret becomes The Strong-Willed But Somewhat Clueless Queen, oblivious to what is really going on around her until it is too late. And Henry VIII remains The Once and Future Somewhat Spoilt Boy On His Way to Becoming A Tyrant. After several books of Ms. Gregory's we want to throw up our hands and say, "We get it! We get it already!
Fans of Ms. Gregory will always enjoy her books. If you are new to her writing, you will find her earlier books in this series to be much better.
They saw so much of this go on , that one would think she'd have an inkling , a tiny red flag! Oops, I have to be careful of what I say in my review in fear of spoiling it. Anyway before I mess up , just going to say Phillips Gregorys books are usually finished in a weekend by me. I l o 've her mixed fiction and some non-fiction together. She always makes them interesting and one can't wait to get back to the book. NOT THIS ONE 😖