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The Other Queen

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Publisher: Simon & Schuster

Date: January 2011

Duration: 16 hours 0 minutes


New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory brings to life one of history’s most misunderstood heroines in a vivid tale of love, ambition, and jealousy—now from Encore.

A heroine everyone recognizes but few truly know, Mary Queen of Scots is remembered mostly for her death on the scaffold than for her turbulent, romantic life. In The Other Queen, Philippa Gregory resurrects Mary and her world by way of a chapter from her life that is all but forgotten: Mary’s long imprisonment as a “guest” of the Earl of Shrewsbury and his wife, Bess of Hardwick. With the earl and his wife, whose fortune and marriage are jeopardized by the extraordinary woman under their charge, Gregory has found the perfect means for understanding Mary herself, a queen who will lie, seduce, plot, and sacrifice the lives of thousands in her quest to regain her Scots throne—and to take over Queen Elizabeth’s.


  • Kelli

    I enjoy historical fiction and found this story engaging from the moment I stuck in the first CD. I've read quite a bit about Mary Queen of Scots, but it was a long time ago so I am wondering just how true to history this was. Regardless, I would recommend this. They used a few different male and female narrators and that also made the story interesting to listen to.

  • Susan

    Loved this book. The three different readers added to the dramatic effect. Wish it wasn't abridged!!!

  • Amy

    I enjoyed the narration of this book more than anything. I'm a huge fan of Philippa Gregory and have read most of her books, but I didn't care for the ending on this one so much. I felt that the story was focused of course on Queen Mary, but in the end it totally turned and focused on Bess Talbot instead. Overall, I enjoyed it!

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