The Last Tudor

The Last Tudor

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"...Philippa Gregory features one of the most famous girls in history, Lady Jane Grey, and her two sisters, each of whom dared to defy her queen. Seventeen-year-old Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half-sister Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power-grab into tragic martyrdom. "Learn you to die," was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine's pregnancy betrays her secret marriage she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister's scaffold. "Farewell, my sister," writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth's suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy the queen, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger, but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Queen Elizabeth?"-- Provided by publisher.
Publisher: New York : Touchstone, 2017
Characteristics: 518 pages : genealogical tables ; 25 cm
Edition: First Touchstone hardcover edition
ISBN: 9781476758763 (hardcover)


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Jan 31, 2019


hammy28 Jan 03, 2018

This book was a slog. I kept reading purely because I was interested in how the events played out. I didn't previously know anything about the sisters of Jane Grey, so it was this that kept me reading. Otherwise, I'm sure I would have given it away. The author herself says this is the last of the Tudor books she will write and she has a new series planned. This was evident in the writing. It felt like she was going through the motions, the passion and intrigue found in others of the Tudor series was lacking.

caj1222204441801 Sep 29, 2017

I hate to say this about this author but the details of the first 6 chapters got to me. It was almost all rambling. I lost interest and tried everything to get thru it. If a book doesn t get to me within the first few chapters after trying over 4 times I give up.


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