The Last Tudor : The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels

  • by Philippa Gregory
  • Narrated by Bianca Amato
  • Series: The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels
  • 19 hrs and 10 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days. Her father and his allies crowned her instead of the dead king's half sister, Mary Tudor, who quickly mustered an army, claimed her throne, and locked Jane in the Tower of London. When Jane refused to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sent her to the executioner's block, where Jane transformed her father's greedy power grab into tragic martyrdom.
"Learn you to die," was the advice Jane wrote to her younger sister Katherine, who has no intention of dying. She intends to enjoy her beauty and her youth and fall in love. But she is heir to the insecure and infertile Queen Mary and then to her half sister, Queen Elizabeth, who will never allow Katherine to marry and produce a Tudor son. When Katherine's pregnancy betrays her secret marriage, she faces imprisonment in the Tower, only yards from her sister's scaffold.
"Farewell, my sister," writes Katherine to the youngest Grey sister, Mary. A beautiful dwarf, disregarded by the court, Mary keeps family secrets, especially her own, while avoiding Elizabeth's suspicious glare. After seeing her sisters defy their queens, Mary is acutely aware of her own danger but determined to command her own life. What will happen when the last Tudor defies the ruthless and unforgiving Queen Elizabeth?

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Rename it 'Three Thick Tudors'!

Disappointed? Yes. I have waited months and months for this book. To say that I am a fan of Philippa Gregory is a total understatement. Not only have I studied the Tudors in depth at one of the UK's finest Universities but I have adored every word that Ms. Gregory has penned. However this book, The Last Tudor, was a travesty I listened to every word hoping that it would get better. It did not.

It is a study of the last three Tudor sisters opening with one of my favorite ladies of history Lady Jane Grey. In this book Jane is a whiney little ignoramus. In fact she seems totally clueless. Her arrogance is a complete surprise as everything that I have read about her emphasizes her humility. I know that this is historical fiction but this is going beyond dramatic license.

After Lady Jane is promptly 'dispatched' by Queen Elizabeth I we move onto her younger sister Katherine who seems to be so darn stupid that she answers most questions with the word 'WHAT?" I lost count at how many times this stupid woman said 'WHAT?".

Lastly we move onto Mary the youngest, and yet another member of the 'I don't have a clue Tudor club'! I was grinding my teeth listening to this character. Most frustrating part was that we learn that her husband dies. This is supposed to be the 'great passion'. So we have listened to their courtship (OH Gosh so painful) and their subsequent suffering through separation due to the ever jealous Queen Elizabeth I. Then he 'dies' as reported by some doctor. How does he die? Personally I think that he read this book and then jumped off a cliff because it was maudlin and so very non Philippa Gregory.

The only redeeming feature was another fine performance by Bianca Amato.

Although I really did not like this book I cannot wait to see what Ms. Gregory comes up with next as I am and will always be a fan.
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- Julia

Worst Philippa Gregory book in years.

This reads like a history book drafted in the first person. Even worse, the POV characters apparently inherited the mental dexterity of Katherine Howard in the Boelyn Inheritance (except instead of being obsessed with dresses, Jane Grey is fixated on religious achievement and Catherine Grey on her pets and Edward Seymour). If Ms. Gregory we're going to reprise a past book, I wish it had not been the Boleyn Inheritance, heretofore my least favorite.

If anything, this is even worse than the Boleyn Inheritance because it is impossible to escape the fact that, this time, Ms. Gregory had no greater purpose, it was just lazy writing. While there is at least some historical support for the use of a simple minded patter to depict Katherine Howard's thought process, there is no support whatsoever for the idea that Catherine Grey was so simple minded, and Jane Grey, of course, was viewed as a scholar, so as to her the simplistic thinking style is a particularly inexcusable disservice. I gave up on the book halfway through, when there was no attempt at all to provide an interesting explanation for what happened to Catherine's proof of marriage.

I honestly can't believe the same woman who wrote the Other Boleyn Girl and some of her other classics wrote this. Do not recommend.
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- Elle 2003

Book Details

  • Release Date: 08-08-2017
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio