Starts with wars of the Rosses, goes on with 2 follow up series, the white Princess, the Spanish Princess, and that leads you on to The Tudors.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WXNf9dxnQrM
Ah, Philippa Gregory! Back in the early 2000s I once took a cab from Heathrow to my hotel in London. The female driver was... cyberpunk - and I say this with the utmost respect. She introduced me to Neal Stephenson, Top Gear and, when we arrived, she waved this novel under my nose "The Other Boleyn Girl"... "Read this: Wow, what a tale!"
So, after Snowcrash and an episode of Top Gear (when it still was Top Gear and they launched cars from the HMS Illustrious...) I decided to buy this apparently historical soap opera for a public of women.
Wow, what a tale! Afterwards I did some research and I discovered how PGregory had... manipulated some (many, like, a lot) historical facts. The yarn however was very good and, IMHO, nailed a seldom understood reality of the Middle Ages/Renaissance period: you were an "adult" at a very young age (something that even Shakespeare underlines in "Romeo and Juliet"). This meant that you could be of "marriageable age at 14 (IIRC, in the book Anne Boleyn sheeted because she was still unmarried at 17) and maybe occupy an important position at 18 - all without the wisdom of a few more years of age. Basically, the novel pointed out how that historical period was sometimes run by young adults.
This is why, I think, the two adaptations (a TV movie and a theatrical one with Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson) failed. Today you can't simply show the complex and troubled sexual life of... Er... A 13 years old Mary Boleyn... (and how you gained wisdom and common sense in that kind of society). Some of the morals expressed by Gregory in this book even reminded me, in a way, of "Barry Lyndon". Kubrick's movie is, of course infinitely superior, but I consider TOBG, while being basically, yes, a pulpy soap opera, like a small cousin of "Barry Lyndon".
I remember that I soon bought another book by PGregory, but it failed to capture me. I don't even remember the title. But that unique cab driver was right: Neal Stephenson, Top Gear, and the adventures of Mary Boleyn
Really wanted to, but could not enjoy her writing style, screen adaption for me works far better than her novels, as least the series makes clear they have changed history, unlike say netflex series of The Crown.
Now if only they turn this into a series https://www.amazon.co.uk/gp/bookseries/B00JQJM1LC/ref=dp_st_0099462494
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