Stunning historical novel from the author of THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE, in which Mary, Queen of Scots, is placed under house arrest with the newly-married Bess of Hardwick and the Earl of Shrewsbury, but fights to regain her kingdom and more. Mary is Queen of Scotland but she has been forced to flee her land and take refuge ...
Stunning historical novel from the author of THE OTHER BOLEYN GIRL and THE BOLEYN INHERITANCE, in which Mary, Queen of Scots, is placed under house arrest with the newly-married Bess of Hardwick and the Earl of Shrewsbury, but fights to regain her kingdom and more. Mary is Queen of Scotland but she has been forced to flee her land and take refuge in an England that is ruled by her cousin Elizabeth. But England, precarious in its Protestant state, set against the mighty powers of Spain, France and Rome, doesn't need a charismatic Catholic figurehead at large. So Elizabeth's chief advisor, Cecil, devises a plan in which Mary will live under guard with his trusted accomplice: Bess of Hardwick. Bess is a self-made woman, a shrewd survivor. She is newly married to her fourth and most distinguished husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury. But what marriage can withstand the charms of Mary? Or the threat of rebellion that she always carries? Mary must wait in her privileged imprisonment for the return to Scotland and her infant son; but waiting is not the same as doing nothing!With her characteristic combination of superb storytelling and authentic historical background, Philippa Gregory brings to life this period of great change, in a riveting tale of betrayal, loyalty, politics and passion.
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I read this book and loved it.
Hated to see it end.
Jun 12, 2009
I am a great fan on Ms. Gregory's writing. I have been especially fond on the books written on Elizabeth 1, Anne Boleyn, Mary Queen of Scots, and Catherine of Aragon. I love her period detail which she fleshes out with her intelligent characters and story lines.
Feb 9, 2009
A look into the Elizabethean Monarchy
Good historical accuracy combined with a look into the personalities and beliefs of the times. Using a different character's voice for each chapter really brought the era to life. At first you see Mary Stewart as a very sympathetic character and only slowly do you begin through her interactions, to see her as an amoral, abusive,manipulative, and dangerous "Beep". A great read and good bit of history in an accessable form.
Sep 30, 2008
Mary,Queen of Scots, was only 26 years old when she crossed the Scottish border into England to seek the help of her cousin, Queen Elizabeth I. What she received was life imprisonment simply because of who she was. Her jailors, on Elizabeth's behalf, were a newly married couple - Bess of Hardwick and The Earl of Shrewsbury. These three form the basis of a triangle that would have a tremendous impact on the rest of their lives. Philippa Gregory uses these circumstances to craft a passionate tale of love, loyalty and honor which is a delight to read
Aug 14, 2008
The Jewel in Philippa Gregory's Crown
I have been a big fan of Philippa Gregory for years. I have read all her books and given them as gifts to friends and family. I read this book in one night. It is truly "the Jewel in her Writing Crown". It shows three people, including Queen Mary, and what they want through during Mary's imprisonment in England. It is a completely new look at Mary's life and her effect on others. Brilliantly done. Buy it as soon as you can. You will want to give it to your family and friends. You will also want to read it over and over. BRAVO!!!
Publishers Weekly, 2008-05-05 In her latest foray into the lives and minds of Elizabethan shakers and movers, Gregory (The Other Boleyn Girl) takes on Mary Queen of Scots during her 16-year house arrest. By the secret order of her cousin, Elizabeth I, Mary is held at the estate of George Talbot, earl of Shrewsbury, and his wife, Bess of Hardwick; the latter three share first-person narrative duties. The book centers on Mary's never-ending clandestine efforts to drum up enough support to take her cousin's throne, but the real story is in the clash of two women and the earl who stands between them. Shrewsbury's refusal to recognize superior intelligence and force of will in his wife, who runs the estate, and in Mary, who tries to make him her instrument at every turn, makes for one delicious conflict after another. The voices are strong throughout, but Gregory's ventriloquism is at its best with Bess of Hardwick, a woman who managed to throw off the restrictions of birth, class and sex in order to achieve things that proved beyond her titled husband. (Sept.) Copyright 2008 Reed Business Information.
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