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'My intense love of history'

24 August 2020

‘A lot of people start studying history from my books - I can't tell you how many people have told me that they read one of my books and then they started reading history, went to university and are now graduating...'

I don't wish to be vain about it, but it brings me great pleasure that my intense love of history has spilt over to other people reading history and historical fiction who came to it though my books...

I could not write these books without being a feminist. I'm interested in women's success, in women's struggle, and the Tudors are a period when women are legally, politically, socially, culturally and religiously massively oppressed. Any women's story in that period is going to be a story of struggle. That speaks very clearly to us who, though we have come a very long way, feel that we have some way to go.'

Philippa Gregory, author of 27 novels, including Tidelands, The White Queen, The Constant Princess and The Other Boleyn Girl, in The Times.