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Subject: Question about Jean Plaidy Books
Date Posted: 7/14/2009 4:08 PM ET
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Question for some of the more seasoned Historical Fiction readers out there.  I've been hearing so much about Jean Plaidy's books here that I decided to check a few out.  I recently acquired 3 of them from Ebay at a great price, and when I added them to my TBR list they said that two of them were books #8 and #9 of the Tudor Saga.  Do Plaidy's books need to be read in order or are they like Philippa Gregory's books and can be read in any order?  Thanks!

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 5:25 PM ET
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You'll find devotees of both methods on this thread, Brenna. I like to read a series in order but I think Plaidys stand alone as well. When I read them in order, I feel like I'm involved in one long story.  But #s 8 and 9 sounds like a long series, so if I were reading that one, 'in order' doesn't mean I wouldn't take breaks with another title or two along the way...but that I would indeed read # 1 before #2 before #3, etc.

 

Ladies?

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 6:38 PM ET
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Keeping in mind that I'm pretty well-read on Tudor History, I think hers stand alone (even for non-Tudor history) - I never really worry that I'm reading her books out of order.

 

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 10:03 PM ET
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I agree with stand alone.  I still collect and read them in order but I don't think there would be any problem reading them out of order.

Date Posted: 7/14/2009 10:57 PM ET
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You can read them out of order.  She will usually include things from earlier books or previous events if they are relevant.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 12:52 AM ET
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And in case you didn't know, Jean Plaidy is also Victoria Holt and Phillipa Carr, under which names she wrote books in different genres.  All three were pseudonyms, her real name was Eleanor Hibbert.  She died in 1991.  The last time I was in London I was in Foyles bookstore and found a phtoo of her on the wall with a member of the Foyle family.  As a huge fan & collector of her works I had to take a picture of this picture despite the dorkiness of it.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 3:39 PM ET
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I agree with those who say you can read them as stand-alone's. She's pretty good about historical background, so you shouldn't need to read them in order.

Date Posted: 7/15/2009 7:40 PM ET
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Oh ok, thanks everyone!  These books looked so interesting that I want to read them soon and all the others have long WLs & I just don't want to wait that long to start them! :-P

Date Posted: 7/31/2009 6:23 PM ET
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i love plaidy but i guess i am the loner here.  i like to read them in order....otherwise i have to keep going back and trying to remmeber which edward did this and which henry did that.  I am currently on the 14th book of the platagenet series.  love this series and also loved georgian saga

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 9:43 PM ET
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i know you will be shocked to see me post as it's been ages (soooooooooo much work happening and life transitions since my Dad passed in Feb, and getting my mom settled into her new life...) but as  Plaidy devotee, I want to weigh in that I am with Wendy and enjoyed collecting and reading them in order. Just made them more interesting to me that way -- as a continuous saga, which to me anyway, is what she intended them to be, hence them being termed as Saga Collections.

Anyway, have no idea when I'll be back. popped into check off some books received and wanted to say hello :-)

Cheerio to my HF pals xo

(Please feel free to add me as a friend on facebook. My full name is Marci Goldman Gower)

 

 

Date Posted: 8/1/2009 10:15 PM ET
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Marci - Welcome back!

Date Posted: 8/6/2009 3:54 PM ET
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Marci, whooooot!

 

Date Posted: 8/7/2009 8:16 PM ET
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Hey, Marci. Don't stay away too long!

Date Posted: 8/9/2009 3:26 PM ET
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I'll try! it's just soooooooooooooooooo hard. I don't even have to time to read any more! If anyone follows me on facebook you'll see why :-(