Praise for ''The Constant Princess'':''One of Gregory''s great strengths as a novelist is her ability to take familiar historical figures and flesh them into living breathing human beings. "The Constant Princess" is a worthy successor to her previous novels about the Tudors and deserves to be a bestseller.'' Daily Express''Gregory''s research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing.'' Daily Mail''Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-plattered dining.'' Telegraph''The contemporary mistress of historical crime. Her novels are filled with strong, determined women who take their fate into their own hands...Gregory brings to life the sights, smells and textures of 16th-century England.'' Kate Mosse, Financial Times''The Constant Princess'':''If romantic historical novels are your cup of tea, The Constant Princess will not disappoint. Gregory vividly reconstructs life in the Spanish royal household, and contributes to the sense of Katherine''s foreignness.'' The Times''Sweeping historical romance.....her tale almost reads like fiction rather than real history, at least in Gregory''s very capable hands.'' The Mirror''Philippa Gregory is bang on form again as mistress of the Tudor chronicle, bringing to life all the intrigue of the era with great finesse.'' Daily Express''Full of gorgeous scenery, emotional moments and passionate sex'' Sunday Telegraph''The Virgin''s Lover'':''A book to lose yourself in...a simmering mixture of intrigue, lust and betrayal at the court of Elizabeth I, it breathes new life into the suspected love affair between the young queen and Robert Dudley.'' Daily Mail''Convincing and entertaining''. Daily Telegraph''Historical fiction at its best.'' Choice''An enjoyable read, and Gregory''s energetic writing carries one along.'' Sunday Telegraph''A fascinating new take on a story we thought we knew.'' Eve''Highly readable, highly enjoyable.'' Manchester City Life''History has a sexy makeover in an erotic account of Elizabeth l''s relationship with the married and tantalisingly unavailable Robert Dudley.'' Glamour, Books of the Year''Gripping and often moving.'' Image''Packed with court intrigue and sumptuous detail.'' Dublin Evening Herald''Gregory''s success lies in restoring humanity to her historical figures.'' Daily Mail''Gregory vivdly portrays court life - all the political intrigue, divided loyalties, love and betrayal.'' Woman and Home''Gregory is one of the best chroniclers of the ups and downs of the turbulent Tudors...This superbly plotted drama unfolds like an exquisitely embroidered Tudor ruff.'' Sainsbury''s Magazine''Queen of the historical novel.'' Mail on Sunday''Gregory creates an intriguing tale with many an unexpected twist.'' Glasgow Herald''The Other Boleyn Girl'':''It is a credit to Gregory that she is able to sustain interest in an epic-length tale when the ending is one of the most well-known moments in English history. The very believable dialogue and detail take you all the way into the claustrophobic privy chambers of the royal palaces...Gregory has launched herself into a popular period and produced something with that most underrated of virtues: readability.'' The Times''This is an intelligent variation on a familiar tale [with] witty use of metaphor.'' Time Literary Supplement''This compulsively readable novel is a wonderful account of the tudor court...This is the finest historical novel of this year.'' Daily Mail''The Queen''s Fool'':With her excellent eye for detail, [Gregory] moves The Queen''s Fool along at a great pace.'' Marie Claire Australia''Totally absorbing...this is a triumphant piece of storytelling, not least because Gregory manages to make familiar events fresh and unloved people fascinating.'' Gay Times''Gregory offers a subtle examination of the tension between profound personal faith and the dangers of imposing that faith on others.'' Jewish Quarterly''It combines history and invention in gripping and memorable style.'' Red''Gregory weaves a brilliant and complex fictio
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The author of The Other Boleyn Girl (2002) returns to the executed queen's doomed family in a historical novel that maps the sad demise of Henry VIII in a series of intimate personal testimonies.Gregory's tale of greed and revenge takes place against the short, unhappy tenures of Henry's fourth and fifth wives. Jockeying for position close to the throne, three powerful, ambitious women collide. The author skillfully allows each character to tell her side of the story in her own words. The first voice we hear belongs to 30-year-old Jane Boleyn, widowed sister-in-law to Anne. Jane's husband George was implicated in his sister's alleged infidelities and went with her to the scaffold in 1533; his calculating wife moved to save her inheritance rather than her husband and six years later is still scheming. Next up is Anne of Cleves, soon to be Queen Number Four, a provincial, German-speaking Protestant princess chosen by Henry's advisor, Thomas Cromwell, as a politically suitable alliance to keep Spain and France at bay. Badgered and bullied all her life by her brother and mother, 24-year-old Anne wants nothing more than to escape Cleves and have a meaningful life. The third voice belongs to Katherine Howard, a pretty, 15-year-old cousin of the dead Anne Boleyn and an incorrigible flirt who is brought to court as a lady-in-waiting by her conniving, powerful uncle, the Duke of Norfolk. Also summoned to court to attend the new queen, Jane begins plotting behind the scenes with Norfolk to assure Anne of Cleve's hasty fall and Katherine's quick ascent in Henry's favor. Gregory's knowledge of the period, combined with her novelistic skill, allows her to view this grim tale through the eyes of the three women: wily, experienced Jane; naive, sensible Anne; and vain, greedy young Kitty. Their first-person accounts are convincing and shockingly self-serving.Royal history spoon-fed in a highly digestible form. (Kirkus Reviews)
Series: Boleyn Series
Number Of Pages: 528
Published: June 2007
Dimensions (cm): 20.1 x 14.6 x 3.3
Weight (kg): 0.374