Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Top Ten Books for People Who Like Phillipa Gregory

Top Ten Tuesday is a weekly meme hosted by The Broke and the Bookish.

This week's topic:  Top Ten Books for People who like Phillipa Gregory
I picked Phillipa Gregory because a lot of people really like her books about the Tudors and the Wars of the Roses.  There are a lot of really great books about these two eras that are not written by Gregory and I thought I would showcase some of them here.


1.) Innocent Traitor by Alison Weir-I know I talk up this book a lot, but I really love it!
2.) The Queen of Last Hopes by Susan Higginbotham-I recommend any of Higginbotham's books but this one is a little different because it is told from the point of view of the losers of the Wars of the Roses.
3.) The Lady Elizabeth by Alison Weir-Another great book by Weir.  This book takes place during Elizabeth's younger years before she is queen.
4.) Anything by Anne Easter Smith-Anne Easter Smith's books are told from the Yorkist point of view during the Wars of the Roses and are wonderful!  I can't recommend them enough.
5.) The Flower Reader by Elizabeth Loupas-This takes place during the Tudor era but takes place in Scotland and features Mary, Queen of Scots.  It's a great read!
6.) Wolf Hall by Hilary Mantel-Wolf Hall is a completely different Tudor era book as that it is told from the point of view of Thomas Cromwell.
7.) Pale Rose of England by Sandra Worth-This book takes place during Henry VII's reign so it's a little different than your average Tudor book.


1.) The Wives of Henry VIII by Antonia Fraser-An easy to read book about each of Henry's wives.
2.) Mary Boleyn: Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir-Fun biography of an interesting historical figure.
3.) The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn by Retha Warnicke-I read this in college when I took a class on Tudor England.  It was a really interesting read.  I also recommend Warnicke's book on Mary, Queen of Scots.

Do you have any great Tudor or Wars of the Roses recommendations?


  1. I have one of Gregory's books-Wideacre. I have gotten about halfway through it, and have enjoyed it, but I need to get back into it.

  2. Hilary Mantel's book is constantly creeping to the top of my TBR. Great list.


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