The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory
(The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels)

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The third sister, Mary, due to her diminutive size, assumes she is beneath Elizabeth’s notice in all respects, but when she emulates Katherine’s mistake, she and readers are again forced into a limbo of pondering the queen’s next move. Tedium is inevitable as we watch these Tudor heirs wait.
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The latest novel from #1 New York Times bestselling author 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.

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 half 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 their queens, 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 Queen Elizabeth?
 

About Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.
 
Published August 8, 2017 by Touchstone. 529 pages
Genres: History, Mystery, Thriller & Suspense, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
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The third sister, Mary, due to her diminutive size, assumes she is beneath Elizabeth’s notice in all respects, but when she emulates Katherine’s mistake, she and readers are again forced into a limbo of pondering the queen’s next move. Tedium is inevitable as we watch these Tudor heirs wait.

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