The Last Tudor (B&N Exclusive Edition)

The Last Tudor (B&N Exclusive Edition)

by Philippa Gregory


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This Barnes & Noble Exclusive edition features a note to readers from Philippa Gregory, as well as historical letters used by the author during her research.
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.
Seventeen-year-old 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 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 the queen, 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 cousin Queen Elizabeth?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781501188466
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 08/08/2017
Series: Plantagenet and Tudor Series
Pages: 528
Sales rank: 462,026
Product dimensions: 6.40(w) x 8.80(h) x 1.60(d)

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her work has been adapted for the screen in The Other Boleyn Girl movie and the critically acclaimed STARZ miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess. Her most recent novel is The Last Tudor. She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds two honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction. She welcomes visitors to her website,


Yorkshire, England

Date of Birth:

January 9, 1954

Place of Birth:

Nairobi, Kenya, East Africa


B.A. in history, Sussex University, 1982; Ph.D., 18th-century popular fiction, Edinburgh, 1984

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The Last Tudor 4.1 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I truly enjoyed this book. It Is so much fun to learn about minor characters in history that had such impact but never properly recognized.
TUDORQUEEN More than 1 year ago
When I saw the two names attached to this book, Tudor and Philippa Gregory, that was all I needed to tap the "Request book" button within a second. My fascination with The Tudors has spanned decades, and no one makes it more palatable than Philippa Gregory. My only misgivings were that I would not find the central figures in this tome that interesting: the "Nine Days Queen", Lady Jane Grey, and her two younger sisters, Lady Katherine and Lady Mary. Queen Elizabeth I was England's Monarch at this time, and hers is a story I am not that charmed by as well. However, the special writing gift author Philippa Gregory has is to so humanize the characters through her first person narration that the reader can easily connect with them. She takes history, marries it with a bit of poetic license and serves you up "edible" history...while the reader eats out of her hand. This book is divided into three "narrations" as I call them. The first Part begins with Lady Jane Grey (who at sixteen was Queen of England for just nine days), followed in succession by her younger sisters Katherine, and then Mary. Each "Part" is narrated by each of the sisters. Philippa Gregory weaves the tapestry of history with twists of irony, great love, shattering heartbreak, and anger ...which is acutely felt by the reader through the method of each sister's first person narration. You will surely shed a tear while reading this book. Across the decades, I have read an abundance of books on the Tudors and specifically on Queen Elizabeth I. However, I hadn't quite realized just how paranoid, ruthless, jealous and heartless Queen Elizabeth I was until I read this particular book. In addition, I thought I wouldn't be that interested in reading about the Tudor line of the Grey sisters, but author Gregory handily lured me in with her enchanting writing magic. I feel very fortunate to have read this tome as I learned much about another branch of the Tudor Dynasty I had given short shrift . My previous knowledge was limited to the movie starring British actress Helena Bonham Carter as Lady Jane Grey. Now I know a much richer story which is truly sad and makes me wonder what might have been had the Tudor line extended on an alternative pathway, as it most likely should have. This was brilliant, and I shall approach unread present and future offerings from Philippa Gregory with the knowledge that I will both learn and feel much...and forever be touched by history. Many thanks to NetGalley for the privilege of receiving an advance reader copy in return for my honest review.
MsDollie More than 1 year ago
I have read everything Philippe Gregory has written to date because she has never let me down. The Last Tudor was a fascinating perspective of lesser known historical characters and their interactions with Queen Elizabeth. This telling was different from others I have read in that Queen Elizabeth is presented as a far more insecure female. Her behaviors, actions and motivations are easily interpreted when considered from this angle. The characters of each of the three Grey sisters are well developed and easy to identify with despite each being vastly different. Not only a very good read but a thought provoking one as well.
Sam1219 More than 1 year ago
I am voluntarily submitting my review after receiving an eARC of the novel from NetGalley. This novel is ostensibly about the Grey sisters--Jane, Katherine and Mary; however, all three Grey sisters are overshadowed by their cousin, Elizabeth who is portrayed as a terrible tyrant throughout the novel. While each of the Grey women is handled with care and sensitivity and is drawn with heartbreaking reality, Elizabeth seems unidimensional--almost a caricature like the mad queen of Lewis Carroll's imaginings. But while Elizabeth's fantastically mercurial personality comes across as too cruel to be real and honestly portrayed, it is highly likely that this is exactly how Elizabeth was perceived through the eyes of the Grey sisters from whose perspective the novel is written. As I read this book, each of the Grey sisters drew me in and inspired a whole range of feelings--sorrow for their plight and isolation, rage for the injustices done to them, elation for their ability find love and seize it with both hands--a veritable gamut of emotions. The book is ultimately about the darker side of human ambition and is by no means light-hearted, but it is nevertheless a fantastic novel and well worth the read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved the book. Have read just about all the books written by Phillipa Gregory
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Totally engrossing. Hard to put down. Love Phillipa Gregory books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thebooktrail-com More than 1 year ago
You can always rely on Philippa Gregory when it comes to Tudor England and this is no exception The title is interesting as it could refer to either Mary [Grey] is the last Tudor of one line of the family tree – but Elizabeth was the last ruling Tudor from the Stuart line. Complicated? No it's not as there's a nice little family tree in the book as always so good to take a look at this. This is inspired on real facts, real people and real buildings so you can pretty much explore many of the sites in the book. It's the most interesting history lesson I've had that reads as interestingly as this. Philippa has a great way of drawing you into the action. Best to read them in order I feel - to follow the thread of history as it happened. They are standalones too though!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book felt long and lacking compared to her others. You could tell she was done with this series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This author never disappoints!
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good one
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I wouldn't recommend