Philippa Gregory

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Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her Cousins’ War novels are the basis for the critically acclaimed Starz miniseries The White Queen. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.

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Q. What is your motto or maxim?

A. Walk Home.

Q. What’s your greatest flaw?

A. I am terribly bossy.

Q. If you could meet any historical character, who would it be and what would you say to him or her?

A. I should love to meet Elizabeth I and ask her about the mysteries of her time: her attitude to marriage, to Mary, Queen of Scots, the reasons behind her decisions.

Q. Who is your favorite fictional villain?

A. Lovelace in Richardson's Clarissa

Q. Who is your favorite fictional hero?

A. I like Dorothea in Middlemarch.

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