With millions of sales worldwide, Phillipa Gregory is the ultimate writer of historical fiction. Now two more extraordinary women are brought to life in her latest and final Tudor novel, The Other Queen. A dramtic tale of passion politics and betrayal, The Other Queen is the story of Mary, Queen of Scots and her fight to regain her kingdom while under the guard of Queen Elizabeth's trusted accomplice, Bess of Hardwick.
Mary has been forced to flee her land and take refuge in an England that is ruled by her cousin Elizabeth. But England, precarious in its Protestant state, set against the might powers of Spain, France and Rome, doesn't need a charismatic Catholic figurehead at large. So Elizabeth's chief advisor, Cecil, devises a plan in which Mary will live under guard with Bess, a self-made woman and a shrewd survivor.
Bess is newly married to her fourth and most distinguished husband, the Earl of Shrewsbury. But what marriage can withstand the charms of Mary? Or the threat of rebellion that she always carries? Mary must wait in her privileged imprisonment for the return to Scotland and her infant son; but waiting is not the same as doing nothing....
With her characteristic combination of superb storytelling and authentic historical background, Philippa Gregory evokes this period of great change in a riveting tale of deception, allegiance and passion.
Philippa Gregory is an established novelist, screenwriter and broadcaster for radio and television whose works have been adapted for screens both big and small, to significant acclaim. She was nominated for a BAFTA for her adaptation of her novel
The Other Queen
Author: Philippa Gregory