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The Wise Woman

The Wise Woman [Kindle Edition]

Philippa Gregory
3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)

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Praise for ‘The Wise Woman’:

‘Compulsively readable.’
Andrea Newman, Sunday Express

‘Gregory’s principal feat in this elaborate novel is the irrefutable artistry with which she lends her prose a constant sense of history…Success results from the tense, almost shocking contrast between serious issues – religious doctrine, political integrity, social dynamics – and flights of erotic fancy.’
Sunday Times

‘Compelling… Philippa Gregory reigns supreme as the mistress of historical drama.’ Today

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Reissue of Philippa Gregory’s disturbing novel of passion and betrayal in Tudor England.

A haunting story of a woman’s desire in a time of turbulence.

Alys joins the nunnery to escape hardship and poverty but finds herself thrown back into the outside world when Henry VIII’s wreckers destroy her sanctuary. With nothing to support her but her looks, her magic and her own instinctive cunning, Alys has to tread a perilous path between the faith of her childhood and her own female power.

When she falls in love with Hugo, the feudal lord and another woman’s husband, she dips into witchcraft to defeat her rival and to win her lover, but finds – as her cynical old foster-mother had advised – that magic makes a poor servant but a dominant master. Since heresy against the new church means the stake, and witchcraft the rope, Alys’s danger is mortal. A woman’s powers are no longer safe to use…

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 692 KB
  • Print Length: 640 pages
  • Publisher: Harper (11 Nov 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S. r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005Z4SJWC
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (104 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #15,640 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the internationally bestselling novel The Other Boleyn Girl. Now she is looking at the family that preceded the Tudors: the magnificent Plantaganets, a family of complex rivalries, loves, and hatreds.

Her other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty years ago: Gardens for The Gambia. She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells for the primary schools of this poor African country.

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51 of 53 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Surprisingly disappointing 14 Feb 2005
By Vulture
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I have read other Phillipa Gregory novels and really enjoyed them, especially The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen's Fool. Sadly this book was a real let down. The historical detail is interesting but the characters are dislikable and behave in a bizarre fashion most of the time. The main character, Alys and the male lead Hugo, frankly deserve each other as they are self obsessed and self destructive. The book is full of explicit sex scenes far more so than the other novels by this author which I have read. I was not shocked by this but felt they added little to the narrative and proved a poor compensation for unadequate character development.
I do like the work of Phillipa Gregory but would not recommend this particular novel. If you want a good story read The Other Boleyn Girl, The Respectable Trade or The Queen's Fool and give this one a miss.
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27 of 28 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book but not a historical novel 19 Dec 2006
By J. Bell
I have read many of Philippa Gregorys book, but they have all been historical novels, so i looked forward to reading this one as it isn't. I thought the book was great and didnt want to put it down. You start off feeling sorry for Alys, but i have to say by the middle I thought she was very conniving. The ending is quite abrupt, but i actually liked it, as Alys let her true feelings come out. I have only just read all the other reviews and am surprised that it has so many bad ones. It is not like 'The Other Boleyn Girl' or 'The Queens Fool', but not all her books can be like that. And I thought introducing the white magic/herbalism was great as they did do that then. I think the wax dolls and sexual encounters were just tricks of the mind and herb Alys used. I would recommend this book to people but dont expect a historical novel, as it isn't one. I loved it.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Disappointing 16 Sep 2004
By A Customer
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I was looking forward to getting 'lost' in this book, as I had with "The Other Bolyen Girl" and "The Queen's Fool", both of which I could barely put down once started. With this book, I found myself challenged to get through a chapter each night. I really didn't care much about any of the characters, and because the action is all set in the castle, it felt claustrophobic. Unlike her other Tudor novels, I didn't feel that Gregory painted a convincing picture of everyday life in the reign of Henry VIII. The book is certainly 'different', but rather dull.
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23 of 26 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An intriguing page turner 4 Mar 2004
By A Customer
Having utterly adored The Other Boleyn Girl, I was very much looking forward to this and wasn't disappointed. The plot was totally absorbing, the characters well drawn and I found it interesting that our "heroine" became less and less likeable and more mired in sin, desire and greed as the book went along. Such a refreshing change from authors who are afraid to make their main characters unsympathetic. In contrast to the other reviewers, I didnt feel that her fall from grace was totally the fault of the situation that Alys found herself in (the castle and its inhabitants etc) as she quite clearly had her eye on the main chance from an early age when, without a second thought, she ditched her loved ones for the relative comfort and luxury of the nunnery.
However, I was a little bit disappointed by the ending. Having built everything up so superbly well, it felt rushed, ill thought out and left a couple of the most interesting plot devices unresolved (specifically the return of Morach for a reckoning with Alys and those terrifyingly sinister wax dolls).
All in all, fantastic and absorbing but with a slightly disappointing ending.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Sadly Dissapointed 19 Sep 2008
I was majorly dissapointed when I finished reading this book earlier on this afternoon. The story has the promise of being extremely exciting and the ending highly anticipated. When you come towards the end of the book you realise that a lot of loose ends will not be concluded despite the 600+ pages and the story doesn't seem to be coming towards a climax with 10 pages to go. This book had the makings of a book I wouldn't put down but sadly I wish I hadn't picked it up.
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23 of 27 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars beautiful and sad 12 Mar 2003
set in a time of poltical unrest, it is diffecult to pick up any inaccuracies from a plot that does not immdeiately involve famous people like in her book 'The Other Boleyn Girl'.
it is both unlifting and sad as you see the main character Alys fall deeper and deeper into sin when faced with the real world with corruption and desire everywhere.
Gregory paints a wonderful atmosphere of life in the early Tudor peroid with the focus on one small region efected by the sudden changes that came with Henry VIII.
the reader follows Alys from her running from the nunnery to having to set up herself in the hotbed that is a nobel's court life. As she falls deeper and deeper into sin through witchcraft and desire, there is the nagging thought of what she would do next and whether she will ever truely redeem herself.
the mentions of witchcraft are dubious in this age where the craft is not believed in but help to carry the story on in a brilliant way.
not only are the characters realistic and wonderfully portrayed. adn the little details add to making you feel like you area actually there, in the place so far away from Henry, but so adversly afected by it.
a brilliant and utterly thoughtful piece that keeps you reading, and warms the fibres of your body.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars a little predictible
I normally love Philippa's books such as the other Bolyn girl however this books story line seems very predictable - sad
Published 13 days ago by JK
5.0 out of 5 stars Very pleased
Having read and enjoyed numerous books by this author, she gives a really good insight to the life and times of the era it is written in. Read more
Published 28 days ago by kathleen jinks
5.0 out of 5 stars The Wise Woman - Philippa Gregory
The book is in the state as described, the price was right and the content perfect. A great read for everyone.
Published 1 month ago by Malcolm Gregory
1.0 out of 5 stars DRIVEL!!!
This is so unlike Philippa Gregory - I've read so many of her books and loved most of them but this is completely out of character. Complete drivel! Read more
Published 4 months ago by Gillian Wright
5.0 out of 5 stars ms gregory
my all time fave author, what wonderful research!! this was my introduction to Philippa Gregory and i have bought this as a gift for a much younger fan
Published 5 months ago by beesknees
3.0 out of 5 stars Dark, disturbing, and gripping
I have read all of Philippa Gregory's Tudor novels and Cousins war series. I was quite excited to read this one, as despite the negative reviews the blurb intrigued me. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Pepper
5.0 out of 5 stars A Ripping Yarn
A fast paced, bodice ripping yarn of intrigue in the time of Henry VIII. It covers the dissolution of the monasteries, the change from Catholicism to the Church of England and how... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Wiccawoman
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Book
Published 5 months ago by C Gibson
3.0 out of 5 stars Good book till the ending
I felt the ending was a bit rushed and a disappointment. It left you with questions unanswered which I didn't like .
Published 5 months ago by caroline collins
5.0 out of 5 stars .
I really enjoyed The Wise Woman. It kept me up most nights reading into the early mornings.I recommend this to all who enjoy Philippa Gregory.
Published 6 months ago by Lea Frampton
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