Monday, April 8, 2013

Blogging A to Z: G is for Phillipa Gregory

Welcome to the Blogging From A to Z Challenge!

My theme for 2013 is Influential Women Authors.

My definition of influential is any author, classic or modern, who has inspired writers, readers, or the larger scope of culture. Some are personal favorites, or have special meaning to me.

What this list is not: a list of the most influential writers of all time. Rather, this is a collection of influential writers, corresponding with each day's letter.

For the full list of participating blogs, click here.

G: Phillipa Gregory

Phillipa Gregory writes historical fiction, and is most known for her Tudor series, in particular The Other
image: IMDb
Boleyn Girl
which was made into a movie. It's too bad the movie isn't so great; here's an instance where the book is much better.

In that book, she expands on the less famous sister of Anne Boleyn, one of King Henry VII's ill-fated wives. When I first read it, I didn't know much about Henry VII, so discovering which facets were true was really interesting. She shows so much historical detail, down to specifics in clothes, royal court behavior, class rankings, and physical descriptions of the king's various homes. It really feels like a glimpse into the past. Her books turn up the drama, and the stakes always feel high as characters scheme and plot against one another.

Here is a link to the author's website which lists all her books.


  1. Just stopping by from the A-Z Challenge list to say "Hi" :)

    What a fantastic theme!

    Good luck with the rest of the challenge.


  2. I'm not familiar with her...will have to check out her books. :)

  3. Not familiar with her but, love the theme you've chosen.


  4. I love the Tudor time period. When I was a kid there was a TV showcase called Masterpiece Theater that my parents loved. It ran a miniseries called King Henry VIII that I vividly remember because all of those wives, and King Henry VIII, and his progeny, and all that infighting to rule, was riveting!

  5. This sounds like an interesting book. Once I make it through April, I will have to look for it.

  6. Fun A to Z theme! I have never heard of Phillipa Gregory; thanks for the review! Happy A-to-Z 2013! Following on Twitter too! ~Angela Tague, Whole Foods Living,

  7. I hear so so much about her. I watched her talk from the National Book Festival a while ago, which was fabulous. I need to read her books. I know I'm behind...

    Sarah Allen
    (From Sarah With Joy)

  8. Thanks for visiting! New follower here :)

    I had no idea this was a book! I imagine that it probably is better than the movie. I don't mind looking at Jim Sturgess though :)

  9. I absolutely loved The Other Boleyn Girl! I'm a history buff, like that. Well, with a bunch of drama added into the mix. :)

  10. Love, love, love Philippa Gregory! And The Other Boleyn Girl is at the top of my list.

    Sherrey at Healing by Writing


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