Interesting Questions, Facts and Information
- There are a total of 20 general entries.
Interesting Questions, Facts, and Information
|What did Katherine of Aragon want to name her and Henry VIII's son?||Philippa Gregory
Arthur. She wanted to name it after her late husband Arthur, but Henry wanted it named after him, not his brother, and decided that it would be Henry instead.
Daniel. In the last part of the book Daniel is a prisoner of the French, and so he does not play a significant role. Instead, we only see Hannah, raising his son.
|What was the name of Mary's first child in "The Other Boleyn Girl" and who was he/she named after?||Philippa Gregory
Catherine Carey, named for Queen Katherine of Aragon. An interesting thing to point out is that although Philippa Gregory claims that both Henry and Catherine were Henry VIII's children and has Mary believe this to be true, in real life no one really knew, although Mary would always claim Will Carey was the father of them both.
Murder. No one knows the real cause of Amy Dudley's death, although most historians are agreed that her husband Robert was not involved. The trial formed to find the cause of her death in 1560 found accidental death.
The Queen's Fool. Hannah Green, a Spanish-born Jew fleeing from the Inquisition, ends up at the English court and becomes fast friends with each of the three Tudor children. The book starts at the end of Edward's reign and ends at Elizabeth I's succession.
|Which of Gregory's books was made into a 2003 TV movie in the UK, starring Natascha McElhone and Jodhi May?||Philippa Gregory
The Other Boleyn Girl. "The Other Boleyn Girl" was also made for the big screen in 2007. Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman star in the more recent version.
scarlet. George dreams of Mary being executed on the eve of the execution of her betrothed, Thomas Howard. In his dream, she is wearing an under-gown of scarlet silk, not because she is a scarlet woman who is guilty of all the crimes against her, but because she is showing the world that she is a tragic queen and a martyr. In doing so, she secures more sympathy and scores one against her cousin and rival, Elizabeth.
George Talbot. James is the son of Mary. According to the treaty of Elizabeth, she will restore Mary to her throne in Scotland but in exchange, James has to live in England and be instructed in the Protestant faith. Mary agrees on the condition that it is George Talbot who cares for him and instructs him.
Thomas Howard. Thomas Howard is the Duke of Norfolk and cousin to Elizabeth. He proposes marriage to Mary in a letter and sends her a ring, and she accepts, knowing that the Scots lord are more likely to acknowledge and respect her as queen if she has a wealthy English nobleman as her king consort. Queen Elizabeth does not know of this arrangement, though, and once she does, she accuses Thomas Howard of treason.
Tutsbury Castle. Mary is placed under the care of George Talbot while in England and although he expected her to be housed at Chatsworth, William Cecil writes to say that it is better for her to be at Tutsbury Castle, which only has one exit. Unfortunately, Tutsbury Castle is falling apart and Bess can only do so much to make it a fitting residence for anyone, much less a queen.
Scotland, France and England. Mary is queen of Scotland since she is daughter to King James V of Scotland. She is queen of France because she was once married to the Dauphin of France, whom she grew up with. Finally, she is said to be the rightful queen of England because she is the granddaughter of Henry VIII's sister, and therefore, his grand-niece.
Bess. "The Other Queen" has three narrators - Bess of Hardwick, George Talbot and Mary herself. The first one to narrate is Bess, who, at that time, is newly married to George Talbot, the Count of Shrewsbury, her fourth husband. Bess, whose real name is Elizabeth, is known for her accounting skills and excellent management of her estates. She is a reluctant hostess to Mary, whom she both pities and resents. She is especially worried about the costs of maintaining Mary's court and the fact that her husband is falling in love with her. In the end, both cause her and her husband to separate, and she moves on to build Hardwick Hall and ensure good marriages for her children.