The Bottom Line
- Gregory makes historical political maneuvering fascinating
- 'The Other Queen' repeats the alliance-building themes in Gregory's other books
- 'The Other Queen' by Philippa Gregory is published by Simon & Schuster
- Release Date: September 16, 2008
- 448 Pages
Guide Review - 'The Other Queen' by Philippa Gregory - Book Review
Gregory’s newest novel isn’t cut from exactly the same cloth as her previous works. Rather than taking place at royal court, as The Other Boleyn Girl and The Queen’s Fool did, The Other Queen takes place away from court, at a country house. The story is told from the point of view of the Queen of Scots, being held against her will in England after she fled insurrection in her country. Her story alternates with the narratives of the husband and wife who host -- and restrain -- her. They bring differing perspectives of the old noble England as well as the newly-minted Protestant wealthy class.
Many of Gregory’s trademark touches are present in The Other Queen, including a tendency towards taking romantic liberties with her characters. That's likely what makes her books so enjoyable, and The Other Queen does not disappoint.