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If I love the Tudor Court novels by Philippa Gregory...
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#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...


#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.


#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

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".

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