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If You Like Philippa Gregory...
Try These Authors

Cover of The Other Boleyn GirlPhilippa Gregory is one of the best known of today's historical biographical fiction authors. As an author, she is known for her intense research and her insistence on historical accuracy, but not at the expense of a good story. Gregory chooses central characters who are real historical figures, but who are lesser known in the grand scheme of history. Picking these figures on the "margins" of history, Gregory is able to provide a unique perspective on real-world historical events, through the viewpoint of engaging and compelling characters -- frequently strong female characters. Gregory also doesn't shy away from some of the more dark or depressing historical events, so readers have grown to expect more "reality" from her works than upbeat "happy endings." Gregory has truly popularized the field of gritty, historical fiction.

Fans of recent popular TV series such as The Tudors should find her works appealing, and once you've finished her body of work, the authors in the list below will provide you with similar reads. One quick note: Although Gregory is best known for her historical fiction, she has written in other genres as well, including contemporary-set thrillers -- so make sure you browse her books before automatically presuming you've got a 16th-century English story.

The author names (and titles) in the list below are hotlinked to their holdings in our catalog, so that you may check on the availability of their titles in print, audio or downloadable formats.

book cover Duchess of Aquitane: A Novel of Eleanor
or other titles by Margaret Ball

book cover The Dark Queen
or other titles by Susan Carroll

book cover The Love Knot
or other titles by Elizabeth Chadwick

book cover The Queen of Subtleties
or other titles by Suzannah Dunn

book cover The Hidden Diary of Marie Antoinette
or other titles by Carolly Erickson

book cover A Lady Raised High
or other titles by Laurien Gardner

book cover Mary Queen of Scotland and the Isles
or other titles by Margaret George

book cover Mistress of the Sun
or other titles by Sandra Gulland

book cover The Secret Wife of King George IV
or other titles by Diane Haeger

book cover The First Princess of Wales
or other titles by Karen Harper

book cover I, Victoria
or other titles by Cynthia Harrod-Eagles

book cover The Book of Eleanor
or other titles by Pamela Kaufman

book cover Circle of Pearls
or other titles by Rosalind Laker

book cover Crown of Aloes
or other titles by Norah Lofts

book cover The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
or other titles by Robin Maxwell

book cover Guenevere: Queen of the Summer Country
or other titles by Rosalind Miles

book cover Abundance: A Novel of Marie Antoinette
or other titles by Sena Jeter Naslund

book cover Here be Dragons
or other titles by Sharon Kay Penman

book cover Queen of This Realm: The Story of Elizabeth I
or other titles by Jean Plaidy

book cover Royal Harlot: A Novel of the Countess of Castlemaine and King Charles II
or other titles by Susan Holloway Scott

book cover Passing Glory
or other titles by Reay Tannahill

book cover Farewell, My Queen
or other titles by Chantal Thomas

book cover Innocent Traitor: A Novel of the Lady Jean Grey
or other titles by Alison Weir

last updated January 2011 sdc

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