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Subject: Philippa Gregory question
Date Posted: 7/8/2010 9:51 AM ET
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I read "The Other Boleyn Girl" and loved it.  I'd like to read more by Philippa Gregory, but I can't figure out from book descriptions what, if anything, is the next book after TOBG.  Can anyone help?  Also, if you have any other general comments or recommendations on this author's books, I would love to hear them.  Thanks!  :-)

Date Posted: 7/8/2010 10:12 AM ET
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To answer your first question, there are no "next books", really.  Any that are based on real people and events (not the earlier Wideacre series, for example) are completely independent of each other.  You could read them in order of the chonological events, if you like, but there's no particular reason to, unless you are new to the period and the background of the earlier events and people might be helpful.  In that case, you might start with the Constant Princess, which is earlier in time than TOBG.

As for general comments and recommendations, I liked the The Constant Princess, The Other Boleyn Girl, and The Boleyn Inheritance.  I thought she stuck close enough to the real history, and took no undue flights of fancy not adequately supported by reasonable projections of the facts and the personalities involved.  They were credible, I thought. I kept all three books.  

I did NOT like The Virgin's Lover--her portrayal of Elizabeth was completely unconvincing.  The woman she portrayed was a silly fool who would have lost the throne within a year, and wouldn't have come even close to creating England's Golden Age.  I haven't read any of the others, but I spot read enough in Borders or B&N to know that I wouldn't like or keep them, and therefore won't buy them.  I might eventually trade for the White Queen, but that's the only one I'm at all interested in.

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Date Posted: 7/8/2010 11:02 AM ET
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I, too, liked The Constant Princess.  Another favorite for me was The Other Queen, the story of confluct between Elizabeth and Mary, two queens of two different ages and one author's interpretation of how they coped with the situation.  Rivals and cousins, their actions are often directed by their supporters.    

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Date Posted: 7/8/2010 11:13 AM ET
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I remember seeing the chronological order of her books.  I'm sure it was in the reader reviews of The Constant Princess, which I listened to on audio, but now I can't find it.

ETA:  I found it somewhere else:

1. The Constant Princess
2. The Other Boleyn Girl
3. The Boleyn Inheritance
4. The Queen?s Fool
5. The Virgin?s Lover
6. The Other Queen

Last Edited on: 7/8/10 11:14 AM ET - Total times edited: 1
Date Posted: 7/9/2010 9:27 AM ET
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Thanks Christa-that chonological order of them helps.