Philippa Faulks The Masonic Magician: The Life and Death of Count Cagliostro and His Egyptian Rite
The Masonic Magician Count Alessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure in European society in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. As an...... more
The Masonic Magician Count Alessandro Cagliostro was a cult figure in European society in the tumultuous years leading to the French Revolution. As an alchemist, healer, and Freemason, he inspired both wild devotion and savage ridicule, becoming the subject of novels by Alexander Dumas, a drama by Goethe, and Mozart's opera "The Magic Flute." But Cagliostro's sincere belief in the magical powers, even the immortality,... Full description
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars Thrilling, romantic and in turns heart-warming and heartbreaking, Jepp is a highly original and unforgettable story about one young...... more
Jepp, Who Defied the Stars Thrilling, romantic and in turns heart-warming and heartbreaking, Jepp is a highly original and unforgettable story about one young mans struggle to escape his destiny. Based on the resl 17th centuary historical figure, Jepp's story includes violence, love, astrology, and even a beer-drinking moose. A Philippa Gregory for teens. Full description
Josephine Wilkinson Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Mistress
The scandalous true story of Mary Boleyn, infamous sister of Anne, and mistress of Henry VIII.The fictionalized story of Mary Boleyn is told in the current...... more
The scandalous true story of Mary Boleyn, infamous sister of Anne, and mistress of Henry VIII.The fictionalized story of Mary Boleyn is told in the current Hollywood blockbuster The Other Boleyn Girl (based on Philippa Gregory's bestseller) starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman which has generated huge interest in Mary as a historical figure.Mary Boleyn, 'the infamous other Boleyn girl', began her court career as the mistress of the king of France. Franois I of France would later call her 'The Great Prostitute' and the slur stuck.The bete-noir of her family, Mary was married her off to a minor courtier but it was not long before she caught the eye of Henry VIII and a new affair began. Although a bright star at Henry's court, she was soon eclipsed by her highly spirited and more accomplished sister, Anne, who rapidly took her place in the king's heart. However, the ups and downs of the Boleyn sisters were far from over. Mary would emerge the sole survivor of a family torn...
Advantages: Good storyline, on the edge of my seat at times Disadvantages: Quite long, can be tedious
...Fallen Skies by Philippa Gregory was published in 1994. Unlike the Tudor novels which she is most famous for, this book is set in the 1920s straight after the First World War. The main characters of the novel are Lily Pears, a young singer embarking on her career; and Captain Stephen Winters, decorated officer newly back from the front.
Lily uses the stage name of Lily Valance. She lives...
Advantages: Very readble and a great new way of looking at historical events Disadvantages: None - I would read again tomorrow!
...The White Queen, by Philippa Gregory, is one of the five planned books in the Cousin?s War series. Three are currently published - The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville; The Red Queen, the story of Lady Margaret Beaufort and The Lady of the Rivers, the story of Elizabeth Woodville?s mother, Jacquetta of Luxembourg. A further two are due for publication - The King Makers Daught...
Advantages: cute, well made, nice selection Disadvantages: can't pick what you get
...My son loves Doctor Who, but added to that he also has a love of Lego. Now Lego have a range of mini figures which cost a couple of quid each time you buy a "blind" bag and so when Character Building started doing the Doctor Who mini figure bags my son was in his element. Often when we would go shopping he would either talk me in to buying him one or two or he would take some of his own...