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The Other Queen ❰Download❯ ➹ The Other Queen Author Philippa Gregory – Liversite.co.uk Two women competing for a man s heart Two queens fighting to the death for dominance The untold story of Mary, Queen of ScotsThis dazzling novel from the New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gr Two women competing for a man s heart Two queens fighting to the death for dominance The untold story of Mary, Queen of ScotsThis dazzling novel from theNew York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory presents a new and unique view of one of The Other PDF/EPUB ² history s most intriguing, romantic, and maddening heroines Biographers often neglect the captive years of Mary, Queen of Scots, who trusted Queen Elizabeth s promise of sanctuary when she fled from rebels in Scotland and then found herself imprisoned as the guest of George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, and his indomitable wife, Bess of HardwickThe newly married couple welcome the doomed 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 find that the task will bankrupt them, and as their home becomes the epicenter of intrigue and rebellion against Elizabeth, their loyalty to each other and to their sovereign comes into question If Mary succeeds in seducing the earl into her own web of treachery and treason, or if the great spymaster William Cecil links them to the growing conspiracy to free Mary from her illegal imprisonment, they will all face the headsmanPhilippa Gregory uses new research and her passion for historical accuracy to place a well known heroine in a completely new tale full of suspense, passion, and political intrigue For years, readers have clad for Gregory to tell Mary s story, and The Other Queen is the result of her determination to present a novel worthy of this extraordinary heroine.


10 thoughts on “The Other Queen

  1. Diana Diana says:

    This book took me quite some time to get through I have read Philippa Gregory s other books, and though they are not always factually correct, and most often read like gossip mags, I have come to enjoy them and expect that of her books This was so long and drawn out, and not at all enjoyable It is written from the viewpoint of Mary Queen of Scots and her two jailers, but you are never engaged with any of the three main characters Gregory simply twists and repeats the same sentiments for each This book took me quite some time to get through I have read Philippa Gregory s other books, and though they are not always factually correct, and most often read like gossip mags, I have come to enjoy them and expect that of her books This was so long and drawn out, and not at all enjoyable It is written from the viewpoint of Mary Queen of Scots and her two jailers, but you are never engaged with any of the three main characters Gregory simply twists and repeats the same sentiments for each chapter I had to force myself to finish it No new revelations, or interesting facts are ever revealed It was like walking through mud


  2. Erin Clemence Erin Clemence says:

    This review is for the audiobook version of The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory, published by Recorded Books, and narrated by Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin and Ron KeithAudio 5 stars The narration for this novel is a full fledged five stars The story is told from three viewpointsBess, Mary and Georgeand each character gets its own distinctive and independent voice I give bonus points when audio books do this, as they can be hard to follow with only one narratornot to mention This review is for the audiobook version of The Other Queen by Philippa Gregory, published by Recorded Books, and narrated by Stina Nielsen, Jenny Sterlin and Ron KeithAudio 5 stars The narration for this novel is a full fledged five stars The story is told from three viewpointsBess, Mary and Georgeand each character gets its own distinctive and independent voice I give bonus points when audio books do this, as they can be hard to follow with only one narratornot to mention they can get quite monotonous , so to have three on this one made the experience enjoyable Each narrator was concise, deliberate and animated and highly skilled Hands down, a great audio experience Story 3.5 stars As always, Gregory does her research This well informed novel tells the story of the one and only Mary Queen of ScotsMary, Queen of Scots, is strikingly beautiful, and also holds the unique position of being heir to the thrones of Scotland, France and England This, obviously, does not sit well with her cousin, Queen Elizabeth, who exiles Mary to northern England, to live with newlywed couple and loyal English subjects , Bess Hardwicke and George Shrewsbury While living with the couple, Mary tries in vain to return to Scotland and regain her throne, using her charm to persuade the Earl of Shrewsbury to help her But with the threat of a treason charge on his head, will George help the young queen, or deny his feelings and avoid a beheading Initially, I thoroughly enjoyed all the characters in this novel Mary was brave and confident, determined to overcome what others thought of her in pursuit of what she rightfully deserved Bess was also very strong and independent, focused on providing for her family and keeping her fortune George was a devoted husband and loyal subject to Queen Elizabeth until Mary enters the picture By the end of the novel I was not as enad with the characters Mary had become entitled and whiny, George was a downright sap and nincompoop, and Bessalthough quite possibly the only likable character by the endwas self obsessed and shallow Now, that being said, I don t slight Gregory for this A fiction novel based on real characters, it is to be expected that a lot of their unlikable traits belonged to the actual people themselves, not on Gregory s development of them As usual, Gregory does stellar research, and her knowledge of the period is above par I enjoyed Mary s imprisonmentas much as one can, anyway , and her plotting to be returned to her throne I found, however, that parts of this novel dragged on too long There were many royal figures in this novel, and their roles in the plotting were often just fillers I didn t feel they played an important enough role to get the attention Gregory gave them The three main players of this novel, George, Mary and Bess, drew me in and kept me engaged, but the othermultitudinousroyals and noblemanbeyond Elizabeth herself of coursedid not interest me The thing with Gregory s novels is that the endings do not surprise you I went into this novel with the knowledge of how the fated Scots Queen would fare, but I still enjoyed reading her story For Bess and George, Gregory gave them a just and satisfying ending, which drew The Other Queen to a comforting close Overall, the narration of this novel is a five star delight, and the novel had me intriguedfor the most part , although a shorter novel with fewer characters andfocus on the main plot would have made this a perfect read


  3. B the BookAddict B the BookAddict says:

    The ill fated Mary Queen of Scots.The Tudor blood ran in her veins yet she was ousted from Scotland and denied the English crown in the event of Elizabeth s death Her right to the crown is often debated amongst historians Her guardian George Talbot 6th Earl of Shrewsbury.A man torn between serving his own queen Elizabeth 1 and Mary who is thrust into his household He was in an unenviable situation to serve England or to honor what is right and just His wife Bess Talbot Countess of The ill fated Mary Queen of Scots.The Tudor blood ran in her veins yet she was ousted from Scotland and denied the English crown in the event of Elizabeth s death Her right to the crown is often debated amongst historians Her guardian George Talbot 6th Earl of Shrewsbury.A man torn between serving his own queen Elizabeth 1 and Mary who is thrust into his household He was in an unenviable situation to serve England or to honor what is right and just His wife Bess Talbot Countess of Shrewsbury.A rare commodity in Elizabethan times a businesswoman but also a woman who findsthan her estates in jeopardy Strangely, I had little sympathy for Bess I felt she wasconcerned with losing her wealth and her houses than she was about her marriageFotheringay by Sandy DennyHow often she has gazed from castle windows o er,And watched the daylight passing within her captive wall,With no one to heed her call.The evening hour is fading within the dwindling sun,And in a lonely moment those embers will be goneAnd the last of all the young birds flown.Her days of precious freedom, forfeited long before,To live such fruitless years behind a guarded door, One of those weird moments While reading this novel yesterday, a really old song came on the radio see above Of course, Fotheringay is the castle where Mary Queen of Scots was finally imprisoned Hearing that song while reading of Mary felt really strange.Recommended for lovers of good books and historical fiction novels 4


  4. Orsolya Orsolya says:

    I cannot fathom why every reader must compare every book of Gregory s to The Other Boleyn Girl I understand that it was the most popular and was made into a film That doesn t mean every comment should be This is not like The Other Boleyn Girl or This is so much better than The Other Boleyn Girl Can t an author write other books and in other writing styles Further, I will bet a million dollars that 80% of the other readers NEVER read The Other Boleyn Girl and only saw the film which I cannot fathom why every reader must compare every book of Gregory s to The Other Boleyn Girl I understand that it was the most popular and was made into a film That doesn t mean every comment should be This is not like The Other Boleyn Girl or This is so much better than The Other Boleyn Girl Can t an author write other books and in other writing styles Further, I will bet a million dollars that 80% of the other readers NEVER read The Other Boleyn Girl and only saw the film which is not even 100% historically accurate and is basically filled with intrique like an episode of The Tudors Straighten up, some you other readers Moving on, The Other Queen, featuring Mary Stuart during her time of protection aka house arrest under Elizabeth I in the home of Bess of Hardwick is indeed a great read Mary had quite a life from the moment she became Queen, merely days after her birth With a mother like Mary of Guise, this was written in the stars The story picks up after Mary s involvement or lack there of with the murder of Lord Darnley and the subsequent marriage with Bothwell Afterwards, Mary flees to England thinking Elizabeth can help claim her innocence and to return to Scotland stronger than ever, however, Elizabeth with the help of scheming yet intelligent Cecil is urged to place Mary under house arrest to protect her own crown and that of James Mary s son in Scotland.Yes, The Other Queen did skip all that drama and focus on the house arrest but this brought into play the famous Bess of Hardwick and her views on the situation This opens a new fork in the road to how one can perceive Mary and Elizabeth during this time Despite being in Bess s household, Mary is still portrayed as a stong, daring, and conviving in a good way Mary was an extrememely ambitious indiviual throughout her turmoil and Gregory suffciently presents that in a unique way.So yes, it may not be The Other Boleyn Girl, but NOT EVERYTHING HAS TO BE


  5. Ahmad Sharabiani Ahmad Sharabiani says:

    The Other Queen The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, 14 , Philippa GregoryThe Other Queen is a 2008 historical novel by British author Philippa Gregory which chronicles the long imprisonment in England of Mary, Queen of Scots The story is told from three points of view Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, also known as Bess of Hardwick and George Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury.Mary Stuart, cousin to Queen Elizabeth, has fled to England after she has lost t The Other Queen The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, 14 , Philippa GregoryThe Other Queen is a 2008 historical novel by British author Philippa Gregory which chronicles the long imprisonment in England of Mary, Queen of Scots The story is told from three points of view Mary Stuart, Queen of Scots Elizabeth Talbot, Countess of Shrewsbury, also known as Bess of Hardwick and George Talbot, the 6th Earl of Shrewsbury.Mary Stuart, cousin to Queen Elizabeth, has fled to England after she has lost the support of the Scots after marrying Lord Bothwell James Hepburn , whom the people believe murdered her second husband, Henry Stuart, Lord Darnley She has left her son in Scotland in the hands of the Protestants and expects her cousin to restore her to her throne Secretly, however, Mary recognizes herself as Queen of Scotland since she was born to it , France since she married to it , and England since Elizabeth s paternity and her mother s marriage to her father is questionable As Mary plots to overthrow Elizabeth, Elizabeth puts her in the custody of George Talbot and his wife, Bess of Hardwicke, in response to Mary s repeated attempts to claim the English throne Mary is indignant at the captivity, repeatedly stating her royal status, and is upset when she is given some of the reigning queen s gowns to wear, saying that they are hand me downs She is unafraid of punishment for any reckless or insulting behavior she makes to her cousin, believing that one would never execute a fellow monarch Most of the novel centers around the first few years of Mary s Stuart s imprisonment, during which time she makes several failed escape attempts and almost immediately begins to seduce the earl George slowly begins to feel his loyalty to Elizabeth fade, replaced by a strong attachment to the captive queen This results in marital problems with Bess, who ultimately separates from him


  6. Vivienne Vivienne says:

    Gregory seems to have changed her style some since The Other Boleyn Girl This is certainly not a frothy bit of 16th century soap opera but quite a serious and well researched bit of historical fiction on life of Mary, Queen of Scots during the first few years of her imprisonment in England.It also places a great focus on one of my personal heroines of the period, Bess of Hardwick She is one of the three narrators The others are Mary and Bess husband George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who s Gregory seems to have changed her style some since The Other Boleyn Girl This is certainly not a frothy bit of 16th century soap opera but quite a serious and well researched bit of historical fiction on life of Mary, Queen of Scots during the first few years of her imprisonment in England.It also places a great focus on one of my personal heroines of the period, Bess of Hardwick She is one of the three narrators The others are Mary and Bess husband George Talbot, Earl of Shrewsbury, who served as her jailors Most of the action takes place at the Talbot s estates rather than at the court of Queen Elizabeth I can imagine that some readers would be disappointed by the narrow scope of the book and or by its sober tone but I quite approved of it I feel Gregory has tried to up her game in terms of accuracy to history though may find, if reviews onand here are any indication, that readers who enjoyed the gossipy fluff find this hard going.Gregory suggested two recent biographies, one for Bess and one for MQoS, that had influenced her writing On the strength of that I ve reserved them both from the library


  7. Tara Chevrestt Tara Chevrestt says:

    As a Gregory fan, I am very very disappointed This book has the same style as The Boleyn Inheritance, in which it goes back and forth between narratives of three different people That, I did not mind The narratives themselves are awful You have Bess Hardwich who just goes on and on and on about her properties and her candlesticks stolen from monasteries and her account books She never talks of much else and she speaks every 2nd chapter You have her husband George that just rambles on about As a Gregory fan, I am very very disappointed This book has the same style as The Boleyn Inheritance, in which it goes back and forth between narratives of three different people That, I did not mind The narratives themselves are awful You have Bess Hardwich who just goes on and on and on about her properties and her candlesticks stolen from monasteries and her account books She never talks of much else and she speaks every 2nd chapter You have her husband George that just rambles on about his loyalty and honor And of course you have Queen Mary Let me say, I am going to search for another portrayal of her because this queen resembles nothing of what I have heard of her In this book, Queen Mary just pontificates on her status I am a French princess My body is sacred You cannot touch me Yada yada yada Also, I am confused about the Bothwell situation One chapter she is writing him letters My dear Bothwell, come save me, and the next chapter she is stating how he raped her and forced her to marry him and kidnapped her Then again, in the following chapter, she is declaring he is the only man manly enough to fight for her Somebody, enlighten me, please


  8. Quianna Quianna says:

    This is the latest book in the Tudor series and it is painful to get through I can pick up The Other Boleyn Girl and read through it in one sitting, but each book in the Tudor series growsandtired until we are left with the mess that is The Other Queen Using three different perspectives worked fine in The Boleyn Inheritance, but in this book they change so often, sometimes lasting only a page and a half, it is hard to grow attached, or even understand the point of view of one singl This is the latest book in the Tudor series and it is painful to get through I can pick up The Other Boleyn Girl and read through it in one sitting, but each book in the Tudor series growsandtired until we are left with the mess that is The Other Queen Using three different perspectives worked fine in The Boleyn Inheritance, but in this book they change so often, sometimes lasting only a page and a half, it is hard to grow attached, or even understand the point of view of one single character


  9. Anna Anna says:

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here First off I cheated As soon as I realized that this book was Tudor Lite, I speed read it just to be done with it Which made me sad Great Britain in the 16th century is one of my favorite periods in which to read historical fiction and non fiction, and I ve read a lot of these books over the years So Mary as divinity wasn t a surprise, turning the fascinating Bess of Hardwick into a Elizabethian version of Angela Channing just turned me off, and George Talbot made absolutely no impact on First off I cheated As soon as I realized that this book was Tudor Lite, I speed read it just to be done with it Which made me sad Great Britain in the 16th century is one of my favorite periods in which to read historical fiction and non fiction, and I ve read a lot of these books over the years So Mary as divinity wasn t a surprise, turning the fascinating Bess of Hardwick into a Elizabethian version of Angela Channing just turned me off, and George Talbot made absolutely no impact on me whatsoever.This is how bad it was when I was reading Mary s death scene, I was actually bored and thinking about the next book on my reading list.I truly enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl , and Gregory is normally a highly engaging author, so maybe that s why I m disproportionately disappointed in The Other Queen


  10. Natasa Natasa says:

    Full review you can find on my blog interested in history should find this fascinating Although there are multiple interpretations of the accountability of Mary and all those involved with the many plots to restore her to the Scottish throne Gregory s story is as plausible as any andfascinating than most Full review you can find on my blog interested in history should find this fascinating Although there are multiple interpretations of the accountability of Mary and all those involved with the many plots to restore her to the Scottish throne Gregory s story is as plausible as any andfascinating than most


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