"Celebrate we will because life is short but sweet for certain."
Philippa Gregory ?
I'm reading The Virgin's Lover right now and have already read The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance. Is there a book in between those? I feel like I'm missing something between TBI and The Virgin's Lover. I know they aren't a "series," but a great deal of info carries over from book to book, and I just feel like I'm missing something. I have not read The Constant Princess, but it deals with Katherine before Anne & Mary Boleyn so I doubt that would be as important to the story line of TVL as the other two that I already read.
Then this about missing parts. Filling In the Gaps
Philippa’s books do not cover everything. After reading The Boleyn Inheritance, I wanted to know more about Henry’s last wife. I found The Last Wife of Henry VIII, which answered my questions and was a great read. Around that time, Alison Weir’s first “g0-round” in fiction came out, entitled Innocent Traitor. It tells the story of Lady Jane Grey, otherwise known as the Nine Day’s Queen. I would suggest reading this book after The Last Wife of Henry VIII and The Lady Elizabeth before The Queen’s Fool.
I have also read Portrait of an Unknown Woman, which is about an adopted daughter of Sir Thomas More. This book is no where near as directly related to Henry VIII as the others. What it does, however, is give the reader the feeling of living in Tudor England at the time of Henry’s affair with and marriage to Anne Boleyn. It’s very interesting to read a book where Henry is rearing his head in the book indirectly.
Hello, excuse me for butting in. I love this period of history, too. I've read most of P Gregory's books, and am currently reading The Other Queen. Some other books you might like, My Just Desire by Anna Beer is about the life of Sir Walter Raleigh's wife, Bess; The Autobiography of Henry VIII with notes by his fool, Will somers, a novel by Margaret George; and Mary, Queen of Scots and the Murder of Lord Darnley, by Alison Weir.
Alison Weir has written several books about the Tudors, Plantagenets, etc., and I've enjoyed them all. Another author, older than Weir or Gregory, who you might enjoy is Jean Plaidy. She wrote a series of books on the Six Wives. There's a more recent author who did this, too, but I can't remember his name.