Jump to content

If I love the Tudor Court novels by Philippa Gregory...
What else might I enjoy?


  • Please log in to reply
15 replies to this topic

#1 sassymummy

Posted 30 August 2009 - 03:38 PM

I have never found a book I've enjoyed... until I started on Philippa Gregory's Tudor Court series (eg. The Other Boleyn Girl).

If I'm enjoying those stories so much, any other recommendations? There's only so many more books left for me to read... and I'd love to continue being so into a book as I am with these...

Ta!

#2 rowsmum

Posted 31 August 2009 - 08:55 AM

Try these ones - they are personal favourites and also what I recommend to borrowers (I'm a librarian) original.gif
Margaret George's books http://www.margaretgeorge.com/books/books.asp (historical fiction)
Diana Gabaldon http://www.fantasticfiction.co.uk/g/diana-gabaldon/ (historical fiction)
Paullina Simons http://www.paullinasimons.com/ (some historical fiction, others just excellent novels)

Hope you find something you love, happy reading  biggrin.gif

#3 NotTheSame

Posted 31 August 2009 - 09:08 AM

The Tudor Dynasty is something I'm really interested in, and it also began with Philippa Gregory! I've started Jean Plaidy's Uneasy Lies The Head.  If you like Philippa Gregory's historical novels, you might like Jean Plaidy who is also an historical novelist.

biggrin.gif

#4 Empress NG

Posted 19 September 2009 - 07:12 PM

If you don't mind non-fiction, check out Alison Weir's books including one on the Wives of the Henry VIII and another on Eleanour of Aquitaine.  I am not a big non-fiction reader normally but love these.

Also Posie Graeme-Evans (of Hi-5 fame!) has a series of royal romance type books.  I think the first one is called The Innocent.  Very easy reading but still interesting.

#5 knittingkitten

Posted 19 September 2009 - 07:22 PM

Amazon has a "Frequently bought together" & "Customers who bought this item also bought" list under each book. It's a great way to find new authors.

Under one of the Phillipa Gregory books they suggested Katherine by Anya Seton and The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison Weir, who was suggested by the PPs.

Have a look under each of the titles and I'm sure it'll steer you right. HTH.

#6 Bel Rowley

Posted 21 September 2009 - 01:28 PM

Definitely Tracy Chevalier, brilliant historical fiction. Girl With A Pearl Earringis a good one to start with, but they're all good.

#7 rowsmum

Posted 21 September 2009 - 01:32 PM

If you don't mind non-fiction on the Tudors also read David Starkey - he's brilliant  biggrin.gif

#8 Wut??

Posted 21 September 2009 - 01:34 PM

Have you read The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett?

He has also written a sequel A World Without End.

Historical fiction more focussed on the masses, rather than the Royal elite.  I absolutely loved the books.

#9 nellista

Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:09 PM

I read heaps of historical fiction!  Love the Tudor period and medieval.

Alison Weir has written quite a few non fiction books about the kings and queens of the Tudor period.  BUt she also has 2 historical fiction books Innocent Traitor (about Lady Jane Grey), and The Lady Elizabeth (about the younger years of Elizabeth).  If you have a QBD store near you, they have had Innocent Traitor for $8 IRC.

If you are ready to try some medieval era historical fiction, I would recommend Sharon Penman and Elizabeth Chadwick. Both have written quite a few books.  Sharon Penman's Welsh trilogy starting with Here Be Dragons is fantastic.

Jean Plaidy wrote many books and ended up covering the reigns of many kings and queens.  Norah Lofts is also good, though you might need to try a second hand seller for those.

The Last Queen by C W Gortner is about Juana of Castile the sister of Katherine of Aragon. Not published here in Australia but readily available from bookdepository.  Her's is a really interesting story.

I could go on and on about historical fiction!

I am a member of a great discussion forum historicalfictiononline.com, so if anyone is interested come on by and your bound to be constantly adding to the list of books you want to read!

#10 fionakr

Posted 21 September 2009 - 06:42 PM

I'm also a librarian and agree with all the titles listed.

Most local libraries should have a book called "who else writes like" so once you've exhausted the suggestions here, go check it out - there should be a list of other authors who write like Phillippa Gregory.

Happy reading!

#11 Empress NG

Posted 22 September 2009 - 02:02 PM

A much later time period but you might also enjoy the movie, Young Victoria.  I saw this last week and loved it.  Lots of fascinating historical detail crammed into it.

On that note, if anyone has any book recommendations for that period of Queen Victoria's life, I would be very interested.

#12 Bel Rowley

Posted 24 September 2009 - 12:11 PM

QUOTE
Most local libraries should have a book called "who else writes like" so once you've exhausted the suggestions here, go check it out - there should be a list of other authors who write like Phillippa Gregory.

Following on from that idea... there's a website www.fantasticfiction.co.uk that I visit often. You can search by author and book, and it will give you a full list of that author's works, any books that author recommends, and a list of authors visitors to that page have also visited (which of course tend to be a similar style). I've found quite a few gems in my favourite authors' recommended lists.

#13 waitingmum

Posted 12 October 2009 - 10:10 AM

I was addicted to Jean Plaidy novels as a 12 year old (and I am well over 45 now!)  I kept the hardback version of Green Darkness, by Anya Seton and I can see I have scratched out my maiden name and put in my married one (have been married over 25 years!).  Pages are very yellow.  Other books I loved of Anya Seton are Dragonwyck, Katherine (previously mentioned) Foxfire, The Turquoise,Avalon and Devil Water.  Hmm, might have to go the the library later today.......

Edited by waitingmum, 12 October 2009 - 10:10 AM.


#14 pitterpat

Posted 31 October 2009 - 08:38 PM

I also love Phillipa Gregory and I saw she has a new book out. I saw it in Big W the other day - sorry can't recall the name but it is a hardback.

I am pretty sure Jean Plaidy also wrote a stack of books under the name Victoria Holt - I know as I borrowed heaps from the library. They are shorter and much lighter in content than Phillipa but still great stories.


Edited by pitterpat, 31 October 2009 - 08:38 PM.


#15 elliebear

Posted 01 November 2009 - 05:42 PM

The new Philippa Gregory book is called The White Queen, it covers an earlier time period than the Tudors but I still enjoyed it.

#16 nellista

Posted 01 November 2009 - 05:54 PM

Historical fiction about Queen Victoria:

Jean Plaidy had a series:
The Captive of Kensington Palace Vol. 1
The Queen and Lord M Vol. 2
The Queen's Husband Vol. 3
The Widow of Windsor Vol. 4

and she also had a stand alone novel:
Victoria Victorius

I saw a documentary on SBS (IIRC) called Young Victoria around the time the movie was released, and it was really good.  It was presented by Kate Williams who has released a biography on Victoria called "Becoming Queen".




1 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 1 guests, 0 anonymous users

 

Win $1000 with Sea-Bands!

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

Misery loves Facebook

Facebook users are often criticised for only showing the positive, fun parts of their lives. But what about when it swings the other way, when someone uses it for the purposes of ranting about their children all the time, never posting anything positive?

Toddler's adorable impersonation of pregnant mum

Little Ellis has noticed his mum is walking differently lately, and his impersonation of her is hilarious.

'Forgotten baby syndrome' can happen to any one of us

When my third child was two months old, I strapped her into her car seat, then promptly forgot all about her. But she survived, unharmed, because it was winter, and I was lucky.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

Ten things I've learned about motherhood

Never take a good night's sleep for granted. There is no logic like toddler logic. Standing on Lego hurts every time. These are the truths of parenthood.

Parenting past the toddler years: what's next?

Your baby has grown into a toddler, and now your toddler is fast approaching the preschooler stage. What can you expect as a parent?

Tips on what to pack in your hospital bag

Before giving birth I read countless lists, ended up overpacking just a little, and now know what I'll actually want to pack next time.

New app keeps tabs on your kids at childcare

Popular new technology lets parents know what their children are up to at childcare - but not everyone is a fan.

21 things I love about newborns

There?s an irresistible magic about newborns. Of course they're not all smiles and rainbows, but they are undeniably cute and remarkable in so, so many ways.

Kid-friendly hairdressers: who says haircuts can?t be fun?

I?ve found some salons who boast setups ideal for children ? you name it, they?ve thought of it. All are designed to make haircuts fun rather than stressful.

Labour pain relief may reduce risk of postnatal depression: study

Postnatal depression is a complex condition, but researchers say pain relief during labour may help some women.

Why we need better support for men after miscarriage

In a recent study, 85 per cent of men admitted feeling sadness after their partner miscarried, but almost half said they didn't share their feelings at all. What can be done to help them?

Mum in business: Kristy Chong

Kristy Chong is the managing director of Australian-made Modibodi underwear and a mum to Lucas, 6, Jason, 4, and Isaac, 6 months. She shares her advice for other mums thinking about starting their own businesses.

From toddler to preschooler: a developmental roadmap

So your toddler is growing up and will soon be entering the preschooler years. Here are a few ways to frame their development that will help you understand what?s going in those beautiful, funny, clever little heads of theirs.

Mum sacrifices an eye for her unborn baby

Motherhood is full of sacrifices, but this woman has made a life-altering one - and her baby hasn't even been born.

A grandparent by any other name

A growing number of grandparents are shunning tradition and going against conventional names - but a grandparent by any other name still gives the same awesome cuddles and kisses.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

When labour just doesn't happen

After three healthy kids, I can?t help feeling I?ve been a little ripped off. I missed out on something I had always wanted to experience, and now I?ll never get the chance.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Share the little things that make you smile

We're giving away a Mountain Buggy nano, the ultimate travel stroller - and here are some of the great entries so far.

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Download now: Essential Kids Activity Finder app

Got bored kids? Quickly find the best activities for kids wherever you are in Australia with the Essential Kids app.

 
Advertisement
 
Advertisement
 
 
 

What's hot on EB

Win a Mountain Buggy nano

We?re giving away the new Mountain Buggy Nano - the lightweight travel buggy! So show us the little things that make you smile for your chance to win.

Be careful what you say, your baby is listening

The importance of speaking to your baby even if they are not old enough to answer back has been highlighted by new research.

Win $1000 with Sea-Bands!

Three lucky fans can win a Sea-Band prize pack valued at over $1000 each, which includes two Sea-Bands plus a $1000 Eftpos gift card!

The beautiful moment a baby was born at the side of a road

It's not where she expected to give birth, but mum Corrine Cinatl is delighted that her daughter's roadside arrival was captured in a series of beautiful photos.

Doctor sings first Happy Birthday to newborns

His job is to deliver babies, but this US obstetrician also has a unique way of celebrating the miracle of life.

Join the Real Mums Test Drive Team

Five mums or mums-to-be will join the EB Test Drive Team and discover great items at an exclusive Big W event. (Sydney only.)

The Nappy Collective starts new drive

It's that time of year when the dedicated volunteers at The Nappy Collective do their bit to help out mums and children in need - and they need your help.

Baby shower cake wrecks

From misshapen cake babies to questionable text, from odd colour choices to internal organ recreation, these are the baby shower cakes that taste forgot.

Photographer captures the beauty of adoption

The love of a family is usually tough to capture on camera. This is an exception.

Pregnancy progression photo ideas

Want to record your pregnancy as your belly grows? Here are some creative, fun ideas for photo shoots along the way.

The myths and facts about "normal" breastfeeding

When it comes to successful breastfeeding, there is a wide variety to what is "normal", according to new research.

Tin can craft and DIY ideas

Got a few old formula, Milo or coffee cans around the house? Use these fantastic upcycling ideas to create items for around the house and yard.

Dads meet their newborn for the first time

Emotional photos of two fathers meeting their newborn son have resonated with viewers worldwide, attracting thousands of Facebook likes and shares.

Skin safety isn't just a summer worry

Lax about the slip slop slap with your kids as weather turns cooler? Here's a reminder as to why we have to remain vigilant for our children?s future health.

Personalised baby gifts

We've scoured the internet to find gorgeous personalised keepsakes and nursery decor to record baby name and dates. They make great gifts for christenings, name days and birthdays! (All prices in AU.)

Creative sleeping baby photoshoots

See how some parents and photographers have captured sleeping babies in unusual positions and using different props.

DIY kitchen and food hacks

DIY your way to a better kitchen and make cooking easier with our clever hacks. (Some content reproduced with permission from mashable.com.)

Winter warmers for babies and toddlers

Your baby or toddler will be nice and snug in these beautiful and fun winter pieces. Most are hand-made or knitted, and they're all designed to keep your little one toastie - and adorable!

 

Mind, body, beauty, life

Making time for me

We look at your wellbeing, covering health, relationships, beauty and fashion, mind and body.

 
Advertisement
 
 
Essential Baby and Essential Kids is the place to find parenting information and parenting support relating to conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids, maternity, family budgeting, family travel, nutrition and wellbeing, family entertainment, kids entertainment, tips for the family home, child-friendly recipes and parenting. Try our pregnancy due date calculator to determine your due date, or our ovulation calculator to predict ovulation and your fertile period. Our pregnancy week by week guide shows your baby's stages of development. Access our very active mum's discussion groups in the Essential Baby forums or the Essential Kids forums to talk to mums about conception, pregnancy, birth, babies, toddlers, kids and parenting lifestyle. Essential Baby also offers a baby names database of more than 22,000 baby names, popular baby names, boys' names, girls' names and baby names advice in our baby names forum. Essential Kids features a range of free printable worksheets for kids from preschool years through to primary school years. For the latest baby clothes, maternity clothes, maternity accessories, toddler products, kids toys and kids clothing, breastfeeding and other parenting resources, check out Essential Baby and Essential Kids.