Best-selling historical novelist Philippa Gregory will be talking about her latest book ‘The Last Tudor’ at a special event in the run-up to this year’s Warwick Words History Festival.

A story of betrayal and divided loyalties in the battle for the throne of England, ‘The Last Tudor’ is the final novel in Philippa Gregory’s Tudor Series.   Using her position as cousin to the dead Edward VI, seventeen-year-old Protestant Lady Jane Grey is proclaimed Queen by her father and his co-conspirators ahead of the late King’s Catholic half-sister, Mary. But Mary quickly musters an army, claims her crown and locks Queen of Nine Days Jane in the Tower.  When Jane refuses to betray her Protestant faith, Mary sends her to the executioner’s block.  On Mary’s death, her half-sister Elizabeth succeeds to the throne and Elizabeth will not allow Jane’s sister Katherine to marry and produce a potential royal heir.  But Katherine’s secret marriage is revealed by her pregnancy and she meets the same fate as Jane.  The youngest Grey sister, Mary, is determined to command her own destiny and be the last Tudor to risk her life in matching her wits with her ruthless and unforgiving cousin Elizabeth …

Warwick Words History Festival Executive Director Helen Meeke says, ‘Philippa Gregory is a previous Festival guest and we are delighted to welcome her to Warwick for this special pre-Festival event. This year marks Philippa’s 30th anniversary in writing and she is a recognised authority on women’s history.’

Warwick Words History Festival Special Event ‘The Last Tudor’ takes place at 7.30 p.m., Wednesday 16 August 2017 at Bridge House Theatre, Warwick School, Myton Road, Warwick CV34 6PP.