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Old September 4th, 2013, 05:34 PM   #31

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I couldn't agree more, Dried Fruit. Almost every piece of writing about her, her books and the rubbish that was the TV series, describe her as a 'historian' and thus that becomes implanted in the public mind and people begin to think what she writes is firmly based in historical fact........
Strangely I was not so worked up about it, The series did not seem to bother me. Not like that dodgy dig idea that was an insult to intelligence, I can not believe a university would apply its name to it. Some of those said scholars have political agenda's and I am glad that Philippa Gregory has annoyed them. One thing is for sure I am fed up with some moaning about TV series that awful hack Shakesphere has been getting away from it for centuries.
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Old December 27th, 2013, 09:05 PM   #32

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Rate Gregory as a novelist as well - I have a few of her books - readable and possibly enjoyable if taken for what they are - fiction.
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That is true, Melisende, but Ms Gregory describes herself as a 'historian' and unfortunately, some of her readers think she writes proper history in the form of novels, rather than fiction in the form of a historical novel.

I have even seen her interviewed on TV, where she is presented as a 'historian'.
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Old December 28th, 2013, 03:48 AM   #34

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Her PhD is in 18th Century literature rather than anything historical. She is a historian in so far as she apparently studied it at university prior to that PhD. Not much of a historian in that regards.
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I studied history at school - ergo I am a suitably qualified historian!
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Old December 28th, 2013, 04:10 PM   #36

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I studied history at school - ergo I am a suitably qualified historian!
I had met this historian and professor called Dr Raymond Bord, I tried looking him up on the internet and he is non existent . He has letters after his name and told me he has connections in Leicester university. He also told me he had masonic links and will find Richard's bones for the lure of tourist trade before that dig went ahead. I lost the plot with qualified historians, they were more interested in Jackcanory.
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Old January 1st, 2014, 08:57 AM   #37

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Rate Gregory as a novelist as well - I have a few of her books - readable and possibly enjoyable if taken for what they are - fiction.
Even as fiction, I find her novels overrated. To each his/her own but I think there's much better historical novels out there.
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I would agree, History Chick. PG's books tend to be an easy read.
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Old January 1st, 2014, 11:33 PM   #39

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History Chick - yes there are better historical fiction books out there - Gregory's are no-brainers.
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Old March 13th, 2014, 08:23 PM   #40

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I have read it, its not one of my favs when it comes to her. I have read other books on Anne that are better. Like Jean Plaidy, she wrote a book on Anne. Another good one was written by Anne O'Brien.

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