The Other Queen
By Philippa Gregory
(Touchstone, Paperback, 9781416549147, 464pp.)
Publication Date: July 14, 2009
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Now in paperback from “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory— a unique novel about the intriguing, romantic, and maddening mary Queen of scots.
For years Philippa Gregory’s readers have been asking her to write a novel about Mary Queen of Scots—a request she now fulfills with a tale as engrossing as any she has ever written. A heroine everyone recognizes but few truly know, Mary Queen of Scots is remembered mostly for her death on the scaffold than for her turbulent, romantic life. In The Other Queen, Philippa Gregory resurrects Mary and her world by way of a chapter from her life that is all but forgotten: Mary’s long imprisonment as a “guest” of the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, Bess of Hardwick. With the earl and his wife, whose fortune and marriage are jeopardized by the extraordinary woman under their charge, Gregory has found the perfect means for understanding Mary herself, a queen who will lie, seduce, plot, and sacrifice the lives of thousands in her quest to regain her Scots throne—and to take over Queen Elizabeth’s.
Philippa Gregory is the bestselling author of several novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, The Queen’s Fool, The Virgin’s Lover, The Constant Princess, and The Boleyn Inheritance. A writer and broadcaster for radio and television, she lives in England.
"Mary's hell-bent assuredness combines deliciously with brisk chapt ers and rich historical detail. Indulge." -- People