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Hardback 560 Pages / Published: 09/08/2016
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It is rare for a story set in Tudor times to be told from the perspective of Henry VIII’s older sister Margaret, since in most non-fiction historical texts she largely inhabits the side lines. Jealous, conceited and haughty, Margaret’s unappealing character attributes are hardly improved upon by those inherited from her upbringing: entitled, indulged and spoiled, just like her better-known brother, Henry VIII. The sisters of the title are her younger sister Mary, and Catherine of Aragon, her sister-in-law through marriage, first to her brother Arthur and then to the aforementioned Henry. Between them these women will become the queens of England, Scotland and France, and will variously unite against their adversaries and divide over the stealing from one another of men and, via their offspring, thrones. But despite it all, the sisters find their bond to be a constant that is more powerful than the danger and betrayal that weaves through their lives and relationships. Three Sisters, Three Queens is book two in the Tudor Court series of eight, which began with the hugely successful The Other Boleyn Girl in 2001, and Kirkus Reviews succinctly summarises it thus: ‘Gregory’s take on the (largely male-determined) fortunes of three Tudor women is venal, petty, and jaundiced, but never dull.’

Publisher: Simon & Schuster Ltd
ISBN: 9781471133015
Number of pages: 560
Weight: 758 g
Dimensions: 234 x 153 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
`A master storyteller...Gregory captures the intrigue and suspense of life at the Tudor court in vivid detail. She skilfully combines painstaking historical research with a gripping fictional narrative and her characters are so lifelike and engaging that they practically leap from the page' -- Daily Express
`A cleverly wrought political novel. In introducing Parr to a new audience, Gregory has done the first lady of English letters something of a favour' -- Sunday Telegraph
`Gregory dramatises the story of a reluctant royal wife negotiating the anxious, dangerous years of her marriage... written with her usual authority and capacity for great drama' -- Sunday Times
`The Taming of the Queen reads like a clever, intimate thriller' -- The Times
`Gregory brilliantly captures the torn loyalties, treacheries and tragedies that lie beneath the historical detail, to entertaining effect' -- Good Housekeeping
`The contemporary mistress of historical crime' -- Kate Mosse
`Popular historical fiction at its finest, immaculately researched and superbly told' -- The Times
`Gregory creates a world in which all but the most determined women are tools in the hands of powerful men... past-paced, convincing, vivid and engrossing' -- Daily Express
`Philippa Gregory has another hit on her hands with this gripping page-turner. Her novel simplifies and humanises the complex politics of the period' -- Sunday Times
`Lady Margaret Beaufort - cold, clever, calculating - will stop at nothing to put her son Henry Tudor on the throne. Gregory is very good at describing the bitchiness of the women in this tale of dynastic rivalry' -- Daily Telegraph
`Rollicking, page-turning stuff' -- Metro
`Popular history at its best' -- Daily Mail
`Meticulously researched...for each novel she immerses herself in dozens of primary and secondary sources, before transforming them into vivid fiction' -- Sunday Telegraph
`History comes gloriously alive as Elizabeth Woodville seduces and marries Yorkist King Edward IV' -- Daily Mirror
`Philippa Gregory is truly the mistress of the historical novel. It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging' -- Sunday Express
`Her novels are filled with strong, determined women who take their fate into their own hands' -- Financial Times
`Rarely has history been so seductive' -- Tatler
`Gregory makes history come alive ... riveting' -- Daily Express

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“I know you shouldn't judge a book by its....”

First the important bit: Three Sisters was very much in the mould of Ms Gregory's other work of the genre and maintained the same high standards of those I have read in both the Plantagenet and Tudor series. My... More

Hardback edition
14th August 2016
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“Three Sisters. three queens”

A most enjoyable read as always from Gregory, Hope she has a new one out soon

Paperback edition
22nd June 2017
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