I chanced upon a book called 'The Other Boleyn Girl' in a dusty pile in a dustier corner of a book sale shack in Koramangala.
I liked the cover image and the book was a story from the Tudor History. On reading I found the book to be sensitively written without hiding the grimness yet avoiding being vulgar. It presenteded the kings and queens as people, with flaws and weaknesses . As persons with limited options, struck amidst conspiracies of habits and nature.
I liked it.
After some time, I purchased another book on Tudor history around same characters of Queen Anne and King HenryVIII .
With great expectations I read and found my mouth go sour with 'almost' indecent language, explicit narrations and lifeless, limp fact recitation.
Its then that I realised the beauty of Phillipa's writing .... true and imaginative, grim and sensitive... its a boon to read Tudor History through her books. Reading her is like understanding the longings and sufferings of the bejewelled princesses and queens and the shortcomings and high-headiness of princes and kings... in an era of wealth, power, conspiracies and mistrust....
Its then, that I loved it.
She offers mystery , drama, emotion, serenity,passion and the general environment of mistrust and darkness which is always around the royalty but the human element and the realistic approach towards her characters makes her stand out from other contemporary Tudor writers.
Her writing strikes me, in one word, as - compassionate
So when Goodreads provided this opportunity "Ask Phillipa Gregory a Question ..." I was ecstatic!!
I grabbed upon it and darted my question which is HERE .
To which she duly and very nicely answered HERE.
Kokila wrote: "I was introduced to the Tudor History through your books.Your books felt sensitive and grim at the same time ...I specially love the detail you weave in the story which gives it the period flavor....My question is what is that ONE book/subject/topic except the Tudor history which is close to your heart? Which you love?
Thanking you in anticipation..."
"Thank you so much for "sensitive and grim" - I really love that description. It's how I feel writing when something is absolutely fascinating and at the same time rather terrible. If you mean what do I love outside Tudor history then I think it would be the idea of writing history of oppressed people - whose story has not been told. So I wrote a novel called A Respectable Trade which was about black slavery in England - something that is very little studied and indeed sometimes still denied. When I write about Tudor or Plantagenet women I am writing about people who have been quite ignored by historians, and I love the feeling of discovering an untold story, and doing something (however small) to set the record straight - to bring justice to people who have suffered and not been heard. " - Phillipa Gregory
Thanks Phillipa for a nice and deatiled answer.It makes me appreciate your books , choice of characters and writing style even more . For more on Phillipa's books visit HERE