Philippa Gregory is the queen of queenly historical fiction, and we all love her for it. Many of her books focus on royal women in the English court across centuries, and the passions and power struggle they deal with. Each novel is so thoroughly researched that you get a true look at what women had to go through during each period of time in which the story is focused, and her writing is so riveting: the stories are full of secrecy, revenge, and romance.
I was lucky enough to read her newest book, TIDELANDS, which is the first installment in the new The Fairmile series. It was also the first Philippa Gregory book I’d ever read, and my immediate reaction was to be in complete awe of how spectacularly she builds the world in the story so you get a true sense of the time and the characters.
For someone like me who loves historical fiction, her books are a gold mine—and lucky for everyone, she’s written upwards of 30 other novels to dig into. If you’re just diving into a Philippa Gregory series, or you’re already a fan and not sure which one to pick up next, the best place might be the Plantagenets and Tudor series. But with 15 books in the series covering everything from The War of the Roses to the Elizabethan Era, it can be hard to know where to start.
So, if you’re looking take on Philippa Gregory’s robustly built world of historical fiction chronologically, here’s the order you should read the series in!