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Old May 26th, 2009, 03:44 AM   #1
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The Tudors series by Phillippa Gregory


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Has anyone on here read the series of books by Phillippa Gregory regarding the Tudors? By this I mean any of the following:-
- The Constant Princess
- the Other Boleyn Girl
- The Boleyn Inheritance
- The Queen's Fool
- The Virgin's Lover
- The Other Queen

What do you think of them? I have read them all several time since they all came out, and I love them. Normally, I am really bothered about historical accuracy, and choose to stick to fact books, but I love these. I know that Phillippa Gregory does her research and she details how she came to her conclusions in the back of her novels and on her website, and she even continues to research the subjects after the book has been published. I have noticed whilst reading them that there are some historical inaccuracies, but I feel that you get something from these novels that you don't get from fact books, and that is a sence of the Tudor conscience, and a better awareness of how people thought at the time.

I in no way feel that they should replace fact books - far from it, I feel that people should only read these novels when they have read a couple of fact books so that they are aware of what is fiction and inaccurate, but I feel that they have added another dimension to my studies of the Tudor period.

Does anyone else have an opinion on them?
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Old May 26th, 2009, 08:50 AM   #2

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Hi and welcome to Historum nellrowlands

I read "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "The Queen's Fool" a few year's ago and I agree with you, I thought they were very well written and in general a good read. I've not read any of the others because I've since grown quite bored of the Henry VIII and Elizabeth saga.
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Hi and welcome to Historum nellrowlands

I read "The Other Boleyn Girl" and "The Queen's Fool" a few year's ago and I agree with you, I thought they were very well written and in general a good read. I've not read any of the others because I've since grown quite bored of the Henry VIII and Elizabeth saga.
If you did enjoy the books, you may find that it would be worth your while reading "The Constant Princess" because it focuses maninly on the story of Catherine of Aragon's youth and marriage to Prince Arthur - kind of an anti-Henry outlook really.
However, if you are totally fed up of the Tudor period, try the Jacobite Trilogy. A brilliant book.
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Thanks for the recommendation - I'll try and read the Jacobite trilogy at some time

"The Constant Princess" - I think I might have actually read this too now you come to mention it. And you're right, it didn't show Henry in a good light if I remember correctly. (I've read that many books and have a sieve-like brain so it's hard to remember sometimes )
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My wife reads this series, she seems to really enjoy it.
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I read "The Other Boleyn Girl". It was definitely an enjoyable read, very well written too. I don't think they should ever replace fact books either. Someone asked if they were historically accurate at the end of a lecture on Henry VIII recently and it nearly killed me. I do agree with you that they paint a very vivid and enticing picture of the time period and the people though.

Once you know a lot of the facts it's nice to read the stories.
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I have greatly enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl, It was expertly written, and I don't mind at all about historical accuracy in a novel. It's not the place for it. This book really gave a feeling of being there, seeing the people, smelling and hearing. Not the history - the story, the period. The characters were complex, ugly situations unmercifully revealed.

The Constant Princess too was a very good read, interesting and dynamic. The letters, the memories - in a tone very different from the rest, like another voice.

The Other Queen I did not connect to. Read it, and found it weak, disjointed somehow, the characters too shallow and predictable. No real evolution for anyone - except Elizabeth, who is only at the background somewhere.

Didn't read the other ones, but want to.
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Have only read the Other Boleyn Girl - which I enjoyed.
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I'm sorry if this has already been discussed on her.... but her goes!
Has anyone on here read the series of books by Phillippa Gregory regarding the Tudors? By this I mean any of the following:-
- The Constant Princess
- the Other Boleyn Girl
- The Boleyn Inheritance
- The Queen's Fool
- The Virgin's Lover
- The Other Queen

What do you think of them? I have read them all several time since they all came out, and I love them. Normally, I am really bothered about historical accuracy, and choose to stick to fact books, but I love these. I know that Phillippa Gregory does her research and she details how she came to her conclusions in the back of her novels and on her website, and she even continues to research the subjects after the book has been published. I have noticed whilst reading them that there are some historical inaccuracies, but I feel that you get something from these novels that you don't get from fact books, and that is a sence of the Tudor conscience, and a better awareness of how people thought at the time.

I in no way feel that they should replace fact books - far from it, I feel that people should only read these novels when they have read a couple of fact books so that they are aware of what is fiction and inaccurate, but I feel that they have added another dimension to my studies of the Tudor period.

Does anyone else have an opinion on them?
I to have read them many times, and for novels I found them amazingly brilliant. She manages to write story's around the known facts very well.

I did find the tv dramatization of the Other Boylen girl a bit of a let down.
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