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The other Queen - sorry, but I was disappointed.,
This review is from: The Other Queen (Paperback)
I have just finished reading Philippa Gregory's latest Tudor novel and must confess that I was disappointed in it. I have read and thoroughly enjoyed all her other Tudor books, but the author just didn't hold my attention with this one.
It is about Mary Queen of Scots, one of the most famous and enigmatic queens of history, and concerns a period during her captivity. She is being held in some of the various castles and houses belonging to the Earl and Countess of Shrewsbury( the famous Bess of Hardwick) dotted around England. The story is narrated by these three people only. Queen Mary always seems to be saying how wonderful she is, and how so many countries and people will do absolutely anything for her, including putting her back on the throne of Scotland or even on the throne of England. She plots and plans her escape continually and doesn't seem to mind putting her admirers in great danger for her. George, the Earl of Shrewsbury falls in love with her and is blind to all her plotting and deception, while his wife Bess watches all of this from the sidelines. Towards the end of the book, the Earl realises the Queen's deception, and I think that the author dealt well with that part.
I have read quite a few books about Mary Queen of Scots and I appreciate how difficult it must be for an author to write about her from a new perspective. I can't help thinking that maybe there are no new facets to this dramatic historical person to be found. Authors are maybe just going to give rein to their imagination to create another story about her? People will always want to read more and more about Mary, and I include myself here too.
My lasting impression of this book is one of repetition, repetition and more repetition. To date, Philippa Gregory has written wonderful books, so maybe she has just written a not so wonderful one?