Sunday, November 1, 2009

Thirty - The Other Queen - Philippa Gregory

This book follows the life of Mary, Queen of Scots from the Fall of 1568 through February 8, 1587. During this period she is imprisoned in England - not allowed to claim her throne in Scotland and possibly the English throne as well. Her guardians are George Talbot, the Earl of Screwsbury and Bess of Hardwick.

Mary continues to scheme with the Spanish and other loyal catholics to restore her back to her throne in Scotland. George states to Queen Elizabeth that he will not fall in love with Mary, but eventually does and ultimately betrays his Queen. Most of the intrigue in the plot involves the ever changing drama of English politics.

Gregory, Philippa. The Other Queen. Touchstone (2009). 464 pages. ISBN 1416549145.
This boo was written differently than Philippa's past books. Each chapter was told from a different character's point of view. Unfortunately, most of the book was inner thoughts and not much dialogue. I felt the last 5 years were rushed through and not given as much attention as the previous years.

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