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READ & DOWNLOAD ì The Last Tudor á [PDF / Epub] ☉ The Last Tudor By Philippa Gregory – 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 ueenJane The latest novel from New YAge 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 ueens 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 ueen Elizabe. I won The Last Tudor by Philippa Gregory in a Goodreads giveaway last month and I just finished it last nightTUDOR ERA SPOILERS BELOWI enjoyed some of Philippa Gregory's other work; I liked The Other Boleyn Girl because while I knew the story of Anne Boleyn I knew jack about her sister I liked The ueen's Fool because it was about a servant who had her own crazy shit going on and whose life was not spent waiting around I LOVED the Tradescant series because it was not a period I knew very well or a story I knew at all plus things got a little gayBut I feel like the last few books of hers that I've read suffer from one or both of the following problems1 While we may not know the intricacies of some of these Tudor era stories we probably already know the outcome And if the outcome is failure then I don't really need to read about it So like in The Other ueen I already know that Mary ueen of Scots is not successful in her plans and in fact ends up imprisoned for years and then beheaded SoI don't need to read that But of course I did read it because I thought maybe there was something else interesting about the story that I didn't know There wasn't2 I think it's super awesome to write these stories from the perspective of the women But women barely got to do anything back then unless they were a nobody or the ueen so if the book is not about a nobody or the ueen the whole book is just the nobility waiting for things to happen And talking about waiting for things to happen Which is just boring as fuck The Red ueen suffered from this problemI had high hopes for The Last Tudor because I don't know a ton about Lady Jane Grey the Nine Days ueen And I still don't because she is married crowned and killed within a few chapters So the rest of the book is about her two sisters Katherine and Mary who due to family ties should have been Elizabeth I's heirsCool I thought I have never heard of them What happens to themWell it turns out that they both marry without Elizabeth's permission and are punished for it by being imprisoned for fucking years and never seeing their husbands again and then dying Most of the book is spent with the two of them waiting for Elizabeth to release them and their husbands That's itYou're welcomeIn related news I have noticed a theme running through all of Philippa Gregory's books and that theme is I hate Elizabeth I Philippa Gregory hates Elizabeth She HATES her She hates her like a certain intractable segment of the American population hates Hillary Clinton It's weird and kind of distracting Like ANY Philippa Gregory book in which Elizabeth is mentioned talks about what a evil conniving slutbag she is even when she's like 3 Philippa we get it You don't like Liz MOVE ON


The latest novel from 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 ueenJane Grey was ueen of England for nine days Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king’s half sister Mary Tudor who uickly 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. Philippa Gregory’s latest book is as good as a play if you like fantastical parodies If you want to read a well written novel about the Greys I recommend Susan Higginbotham’s Her Highness the Traitor insteadHere we are again Another year another Philippa Gregory release; and many of the same failings and criticisms still applyAs You Know BobI’m afraid this year the As You Know Bobbing is off the charts For the uninitiated As You Know Bob refers to a mark of poor writing where the author attempts to convey information to the audience by means of character narration or dialogue telling each other things they already ought to know perfectly well It usually results in clunky awkward sentences in which the blindingly obvious is stated for no apparent plot reason It’s fair to say this is a consistent hallmark of Gregory’s writing and it sticks out like a sore thumb Not only that but it makes it feel as though the reader is being talked down to or as if the author believes the reader has a limited attention span In The Last Tudor its usage is at the worst I have ever seen in Gregory’s novels11% “ Elizabeth Parr comes in too and stands beside her husband the Maruess of Northampton”11% “ Jane the king my cousin is dead”17% “ Your mother in law went to ueen Mary Lady Dudley the duchess went to ueen Mary; but the ueen would not even admit her”28% “ The widower Henry FitzAlan the Earl of Arundel owns the palace and remembers his duty to the family of his first wife my aunt and brings me forward in all the entertainments he has laid on for the court”29% “ Here is my friend Janey Seymour’s brother come to fetch me to her Your Excellency must excuse me”61% “ ‘Everyone knows it is a lie’ his father my husband says”69% “ They know that my sister and her two boys are the next heirs to the throne I am her cousin I am the daughter of a princess of the blood”72% “ My God And that is my uncle John John Grey who was keeping my sister”73% “ The boy my pretty kinsman Henry Stuart” followed mere paragraphs later by73% “ Elizabeth beckons to Henry Stuart Lord Darnley a fair headed boy as beautiful as a girl He is a cousin of mine since he is the son of Lady Margaret Douglas but I can’t say we share much family feeling”Terry Pratchett once said the fantasy version of As You Know Bob is ‘As you know your father the king’ I vote we make the historical fiction version ‘Jane the king my cousin is dead’ No one in real life talks this way I can’t imagine describing my cousin as “the man my handsome kinsman John Smith” This sort of sentence construction sounds incredibly juvenile It gives me flashbacks to classrooms when I was five years old “Auntie waves to John John is my cousin He is my aunt’s son John is my Auntie Sarah’s son and my cousin John’s full name is John William James Smith of 10 Station Road Auntie lives at 10 Station Road with John” It is gratingly repetitive and the tedium of it by the end of the book honestly wore me down It’s enough to drive a person to teeth grinding For the sake of my sanity please stop Put a dramatis personae in at the front if you have to just make the As You Know Bobbing stopUnlikeable ProtagonistsI found all three of the protagonists – the Grey sisters Jane Katherine and Mary – to be exceedingly unlikeable Jane was an arrogant prig always putting down those around her; even her own sisters Katherine was judgmental egotistical and selfish to the point where she thinks that everything ueen Elizabeth I ever did is all in some roundabout way deliberately designed to be malicious to her personally I actually began to suspect her character was a paranoid narcissist Mary to be fair a lot of Mary’s narrative gives a rather dry and dull recounting of factual events in an effort to speed the timeline along and get to the end of the story but her voice was indistinguishable from Katherine’s in its spite and selfishness I didn’t like any of these women and yet I get the feeling I was supposed to empathise with and root for them Why didn’t I believe their assertions For one several of the episodes and accusations they hurl are completely fabricated Two their relentless determination to condemn at every single turn and make everything about them – that screams biased narrator to me If anyone came off in this novel as malicious and venal it was the three Grey sisters Katherine Grey even begrudges Elizabeth’s recovery from the terrible disease of smallpox and says she’s not sorry that Mary Dudley one of Elizabeth’s ladies in waiting almost died from it too and lost her beauty as a result Reason Mary Dudley escorted Jane Grey to Syon where she was proclaimed ueen Wow what a bitch that Mary Dudley is She accompanied Jane to the announcement proclaiming her as ueen; an act surely deserving of death and the ruin of her looksHistorical InaccuracyThis is seemingly a standard feature of Gregory’s novels and The Last Tudor is peppered heavily with misunderstandings of the lives and times of the historical figures it depicts For example Frances Brandon is portrayed – as she has perennially been – as the hard bitten virago whose hobbies included hunting Bambi and beating her children into submission But if Gregory had done her research she would know that this portrayal is extremely shaky and far from a concrete picture of Frances She does the same thing with Guildford Dudley keeping to the well worn but baseless stereotype of him as a rangy blond mummy’s boy; but Leanda de Lisle’s The Sisters Who Would Be ueen revealed that this was a 1909 fiction created by Richard Davey She states that Elizabeth was not much of a scholar when in fact Elizabeth shared her brother’s tutors learned several languages at a precociously young age studied and translated scripture and classical authors learned musical instruments and her learning was commented upon repeatedly and independently by her contemporaries In fact this follows on to my next pointBiasI think this might well be the most vituperative portrayal of Elizabeth I have ever seen in the sheer volume of historical inaccuracies and omissions and the consistency with which the Grey sisters blame her for everything The condemnation of her scholarly abilities is just the tip of the iceberg Episodes occur which never happened; events that did happen are cherry picked and twisted Apparently Elizabeth deliberately tormented her elder sister Mary as she died by ‘refusing her comfort’ It’s not clear exactly what is meant by this but if Mary’s wish that she convert to Catholicism is referred to the possibility that she could not contravene a genuinely held faith or that she intended to keep to her honest word is dismissed out of hand Elizabeth is blamed for ‘ueening it over’ Mary when Mary went to serve in her household when she was just a baby – as if an infant conceived of and then enacted this as some sort of intentional malice rather than it being the hard heartedness of King Henry VIII Elizabeth is accused of hating all her step mothers in fact she had a good relationship with them of murdering Amy Robsart zero proof even of calculatingly breaking up the marriage of Kateryn Parr and Thomas Seymour despite being 13 at the time and he her 40 year old step father and guardian Somehow even Elizabeth offering Robert Dudley to Mary ueen of Scots as a bridegroom comes round to spiting the Grey sisters again We are told there is absolutely no possibility that it could’ve been intended in earnest or part of a stratagem to reverse psychology MO


The Last Tudor’s block The Last PDFEPUBwhere 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 ueen Mary and then to her half sister ueen Elizabeth who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son When Katherine’s pregnancy betrays her secret marri. Once upon a time a was a big fan of Philippa Gregory Her novels piued an interest in medieval history for me and therein lies the problem; once you begin to delve into the history books Gregory's novels are rendered frustrating and often infuriating so often is she lax when it comes to the minor issue of accuracy Of course some artistic licence is to be expected and an author will always interpret figures from the past and the events in their lives in their own way So Philippa Gregory became something of a guilty pleasure for me; as long as I took what she wrote with a pinch of salt and schooled myself in the history she interpreted as she saw fit all would be well Given that since childhood I've found the tragic life and death of Lady Jane Grey especially intriguing I was well prepared to put my sniffishness aside and hunker down happily guilty with The Last TudorOh dear The most glaring thing about this book is how it's just like any other Gregory book; the formula of pitting women against each other curiously anachronistic language and just enough bodice ripping romance to titillate without being too risue are all present and correct And yes surprise a great big wodge of Gregory's own personal slant on history which is let's face it in this case a prime example of the truth being far stranger and compelling than any fiction Perhaps it's because I've always felt uite protective of Jane that I felt slightly affronted by Gregory's dour joyless unimaginative representation of her; perhaps I was simply annoyed that in a tale purporting to spotlight Jane and her sisters so much focus was placed on Elizabeth I always fascinating of course but it would have been nice to have given the Grey sisters the absolute starring role given Elizabeth's is a voice with which we're all so familiar alreadyThe sisters are each in turn rendered as the two dimensional stereotypes we expect but this reader anyway fervently hoped they wouldn't be there are no surprises or character development here Elizabeth fares little better portrayed as the venal self absorbed and selfish woman she is popularly and somewhat unfairly I think perceived as It's as if Gregory cannot write women especially strong ones in what was very much a man's world without denigrating them; see also the liberal use of the word 'whore' to describe Anne Boleyn How jollyI think my detente with Philippa Gregory is now finally at an end Not even I can find much pleasure even of the guilty variety in her constant rehashing of themes and her interchangeable characters No doubt she will continue to 'dial in' her own brand of historical fiction with the emphasis heavily on the fiction and it will continue to delight and captivate her audience Perhaps some will discover a love of the periods she writes about via her work and do their own research; that's the hope if yet disservice is not to be done to these wraiths from the past whom Gregory so ineffectually attempts to flesh outMy thanks to the publisher and NetGalley for the ARC in exchange for an honest review