The Last Tudor | Philippa Gregory | book review


Hardcover, 519 pages

Published August 8th 2017 by Simon & Schuster

The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #14

Lady Jane Grey was queen of England for nine days, dying on the scaffold for her faith. But few people know about her two sisters, cousins to Elizabeth I who also faced imprisonment and death sentences for treason. Katherine Grey was the beauty of the family who earned the lifelong hatred of her cousin Elizabeth I when she married for love. Mary Grey was an extraordinary little person known as a dwarf in Tudor times, who defied convention to marry the tallest man at court in her own secret love match. ……..

This is the end of an era, no pun intended, referencing towards this being the last of Philipa Gregory’s tudor series and of my many years and years of reading the trials and tribulations of the tudors.

I have some good memories and will be sad to see it end, but there are also more books out there for me to feast upon from other authors just as good as Gregory, so i am happy about that.

This book touches upon the lives of the three Grey sisters, Jane, Katherine and Mary.

We know from history that Jane was queen for nine days, thrust upon her, by her over eager and power hungry family; As was such the plight in the tudor days for both their children, sons or daughters.

After Jane died on the scaffold the story takes up Katherine’s tale, she is written as a fiesty, oppionated amd stubborn young lady,who knows that royal blood flows through her very veins and that she is in a position of potential glory;for not wanting to spoil the story, I will end it there with regard to Katherine and move onto Mary whom history tells us, that she was very short and born with a deformity of the spine, and thusly  was overlooked from the political wheeler dealer part of the royal court.

Having said that she was too a Grey and her spirit was not lacking, weaving a living for herself and personally think she was the seemed to gain some semblance of a ‘normal’ life.


Elizabeth I makes an appearance in this novel, but is portrayed as petulant spoilt child and did not enjoy her part in this tale,but the novel does not suffer from it.

I feel that I have missed out huge chunks, but in doing so, have saved the reader from spoiling the book for themselves,and that would be a great shame.

Final Thoughts –

I enjoyed this book but not as much as the previous ones in the series, nontheless I would recommend you read it, especially if you are interested in the Tudor lineage or purely for the sentimental fact it’s Philipa Gregory’s last book in this series.

Thank you so much for reading  and I look forward to seeing your lovely faces grace my page once again when I write my next post, until then wishing you all the best and a fantastic day!