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Which historical person should Philippa Gregory write about next

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Post by LoveHistory » Sun September 4th, 2011, 6:44 pm

[quote=""SCW""]How about Morgan Le Faye...(Some slight doubts that she actually existed) but she was supposed to be beautiful, a sorceress and committed incest...[/quote]

According to my son the Arthurian scholar, it wasn't Morgan/Morgana but their older sister Morgause who was Mordred's mother. He's writing a book about the main legends and I'm his editor. He's only fired me twice. :D Of course he's 11 years old and doesn't know much French, Welsh, Gaelic, or old English.

Great subject idea.
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Post by SCW » Mon September 5th, 2011, 10:46 am

Well Morgana or Morgause would be a more enthralling subject than Lady Rivers.
I just don't know how PG composed such a compelling novel about Anne and Mary Boleyn yet wrote such pedestrian accounts about Katherine of Aragon and Mary Queen of Scots.

But if she was to write a novel about Isabella of France - I would certainly purchase it.

Another personage could be Catherine De Medici or her rival Diane de Poitiers-

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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon September 5th, 2011, 2:31 pm

Now if you are getting into France, a perfect if well-worn topic would be Queen Margot, who by her own admission slept with BOTH her brothers.

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Post by Divia » Mon September 5th, 2011, 3:08 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Now if you are getting into France, a perfect if well-worn topic would be Queen Margot, who by her own admission slept with BOTH her brothers.[/quote]

ewwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwwww

Would she write about France though? Or will she only do England?
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Post by boswellbaxter » Mon September 5th, 2011, 3:15 pm

[quote=""MLE""]Now if you are getting into France, a perfect if well-worn topic would be Queen Margot, who by her own admission slept with BOTH her brothers.[/quote]

Where does she say that?
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Post by MLE (Emily Cotton) » Mon September 5th, 2011, 5:16 pm

just what I read she had said in her memoir, which is thought to be very embellished. I believe I read it in Leone Frieda's book (although my references tend to get mixed up) that Margot wrote of her brother's hypocrisy in castigating her for her licentious behavior, when Henri himself, as she expressed it, "first put his foot in that stirrup". The line stayed with me. And she claimed elsewhere that the incest was with more than one.

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Post by rebecca » Tue September 6th, 2011, 5:12 am

Divia--"If she is going to play it like more like a religion where you do rituals but things could or could not happen(like rolling the dice and see) then I'm OK with it..."

If PG decides to focus on Arthurian myth with its elements of Druids and Celtic spirituality then I am fine with that so long as she doesn't go OTT with it all. I can't forget the Wise Woman book where she made candle wax figures and they suddenly 'came alive' it strains all credibility, in that the book is set in actual historical times. But if it had been a 'Game of Thrones' type book it may have worked(I still wouldn't like it-but others might). But I can't stand the whole "she blows outside her window and suddenly a deep mist engulfs Richards arm(paraphrasing from memory) and the 'ties her arm and Richard's arm begins to ache(again as above) it is way too OTT for the likes of me.

Misfit--"if you are going to write fantasy, write a fantasy and not traipse around going on about your Doctorate. IMO the *magic* in Lady of the Rivers isn't as OTT as it was in White Queen (no storms being whistled up at least), it is still there.

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Post by LoveHistory » Tue September 6th, 2011, 1:37 pm

I have a possible explanation for why PG wasn't able to work her...um, magic?...with KoA and MQoS. Perhaps she has trouble writing OTT sexed-up versions of women who were known for their religious tendencies. Not betting money on this idea, but it did occur to me.

Bec, my son can't fire you. I've actually been fired again over the weekend. Think I've been reinstated once more, but maybe I should check with him on that.

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Post by Divia » Tue September 6th, 2011, 9:35 pm

good possiblity of that, for sure. Interesting.
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Post by rebecca » Wed September 7th, 2011, 2:03 am

LoveHistory--"I have a possible explanation for why PG wasn't able to work her...um, magic?...with KoA and MQoS. Perhaps she has trouble writing OTT sexed-up versions of women who were known for their religious tendencies..."

I think she tried in the Constant Princess to make KoA more ruthless and ambitious when Henry VII puts out 'feelers' to marry her himself. In the book(if memory serves me correct) she actually considers it before rejecting it and then Henry VII takes his revenge by enforcing poverty on her and her entourage. Though PG tried hard it didn't work and seemed less than convincing.

I can't be fired...Phew! *wipes forehead* :D Perhaps you could ask your son for a raise? :D It seems to me you work mighty hard for him...Perhaps you could see Judge Judy about this issue? :D lol

Bec :) :D

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