The Last Tudor
by Philippa Gregory
Editor: Simon & Schuster Ltd
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“How long do I oweI force myself to laugh”Not long,” he says very calmly”They confirmed the death penaltyYou’re being decapitated tomorrow.We don’t have long at allJane Grey was Queen of England for nine daysUsing his position as cousin of the late king, his father and conspirators put her on the throne before the king, Mary’s half-sister, who quickly assembled an army, claimed his crown and locked Jane in the TowerWhen Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her for the executioner of the block.There’s Jane turned from her greedy father, failed to seize for power in his own courageous and tragic martyrdomYou learn to die” is the advice Jane gives in a letter to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dyingShe intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth, and find loveBut her lineage makes her a threat to the insecurity and infertility of Queen Mary and, when Mary dies, for her sister, Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a potential royal heir until sheSo when Katherine’s secret wedding is revealed by her pregnancy, she must also go to the Tower”Farewell, my sister, writes Katherine for the younger sister Grey, MaryA handsome dwarf, dismissed by the court, Mary finds it easy to keep secrets, especially in her own, while avoiding Elizabeth’s suspicious lookAfter seeing 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 control her own destiny and to be the last Tudor to risk her life in matching spirits with her ruthless cousin Elizabeth.Philippa Gregory’s praise:’Very documented and deeply playful, this story of betrayal and shared loyalties is Gregory on top of the’Good’ form, Gregory popularized Tudor’s story perhaps more
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