It’s book reviewing time guys and, again, I have chosen a book by my favourite, Philippa Gregory! 😀
The Last Tudor
‘Not long,’ he says very quietly. ‘They have confirmed your sentence of death. You are to be beheaded tomorrow. We don’t have long at all.’
Jane Grey was Queen of England for nine days. Using her position as cousin to the deceased king, her father and his conspirators put her on the throne ahead of the king’s half-sister Mary, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her crown and locked Jane in the Tower. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner’s block. There Jane turned her father’s greedy, failed grab for power into her own brave and tragic martyrdom.
‘Learn you to die’ is the advice that Jane gives in a letter to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and find love. But her lineage makes her a threat to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and, when Mary dies, to her sister Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a potential royal heir before she does. So when Katherine’s secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy, she too must go to the Tower.
‘Farewell, my sister,’ writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary finds it easy to keep secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious glare. After watching her sisters defy the queen, Mary is aware of her own perilous position as a possible heir to the throne. But she is determined to command her own destiny and be the last Tudor to risk her life in matching wits with her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Elizabeth.
The Last Tudor is based on a family outside of my usual Tudor knowledge! The Greys! I have always heard about the Queen who was Queen for just 9 days, Jane Grey, but I have never read about her, so this book was interesting to me as I thought it would souly evolve around Elizabeth 1st. I was blown away with this book! The story of the Grey Sisters is insane and Philippa has portrayed it so soooo well. Each sister falls in love and is punished for this love, especially Katherine Grey the middle sibling, since she is married to the love of her life Ned Seymour and then parted from her boys the future princes of England. Jane Grey dies for the love of her God and faith at just the age of 16, which shook me as I had no idea she was that young when she was killed?! And the youngest sister Mary, said to be a dwarf since she never got any higher then 4ft, married for love and that too was punishable to her which again is very sad! But, Elizabeth was the type of Queen that appeared to get jealous over just about anyone who had, maybe, just a little more claim to the throne then her.
Elizabeth appears to have been quite selfish, but, I can kind of sympathise with how she must have felt? She loved someone she could never marry, someone who was like a forbidden fruit to her but she still paraded herself around with him to make that love known. But, I don’t then feel her ladies should have suffered due to her not being able to love the way she wanted too? That is where she was selfish, but, she was queen so she could be!
Either way this book portrays all 4 ladies very well, even though it does centre around the 3 sisters mainly, you get a good idea of how Philippa wants to portray Elizabeth. So, of course, this book is a 10/10 from me! 😀 and you can purchase your copy here; Amazon.
With love, Charlotte x