I had the unique opportunity to sit down at a tea with Philippa Gregory at the NCIBA annual conference this past Friday. Its not very often that I have a fangirl moment, but trust me when I say I was beaming like a Kindergartner upon meeting Philippa when she breezed her way to our table. I told her how I used her books as a guide to England when I lived there. Devouring her words and then visiting the landmarks where her stories took place. She was gracious, regal, and I am in awe of her talent.
S&S had a few extra copies of Philippa’s latest The Lady of the Rivers and I accepted one to give away to one of you lucky readers! I hope you enjoy the story that Philippa wrote. During her speech she spoke of the reason she writes these kinds of stories. Most simply put, she wanted to aid the women of the past in having a voice. These women who were a massive part of historical events and because they were women were not much more than a footnote in the pages of historians past.
Philippa does a ton of research for every book, looking through libraries and folklore and even online to find mention of the women she writes about. Prompted by all the goodies she found Gregory went on to publish her first historic nonfiction. The Women of the Cousins’ War: The Duchess, the Queen, and the King’s Mother.
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