Wideacre

A Novel

Wideacre

From #1 New York Times bestselling author Philippa Gregory comes the thirtieth-anniversary edition of her sexy, scandalous debut novel about Beatrice Lacey, the beautiful, rebellious woman willing to go to any means necessary to inherit her family estate and keep her family name.

Strong-willed Beatrice Lacey refuses to conform to the limited life of an eighteenth-century woman. Threatened with the loss of her family name and beloved Wideacre estate once she is wed, she decides to take destiny into her own hands. Seduction, betrayal, even murder—Beatrice’s passion is without apology or conscience. Yet even as Beatrice’s scheming seems about to triumph, she is haunted by the one person who knows the extent of her plans…and the lengths to which she will go to keep the estate she feels is her birthright.

Sweeping, passionate, and unique, Wideacre is the page-turning novel that brought Philippa Gregory to bestselling fame.
  • Touchstone | 
  • 688 pages | 
  • ISBN 9781501168413 | 
  • May 2017
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Wideacre
By Philippa Gregory
Reading Group Discussion Guide

INTRODUCTION
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Beatrice Lacey, as strong-minded as she is beautiful, refuses to conform to the social customs of her time. Destined to lose her family name and beloved Wideacre estate once she is wed, Beatrice will use any means necessary to protect her ancestral heritage. Seduction, betrayal, even murder -- Beatrice's passion is without apology or conscience. "She is a Lacey of Wideacre," her father warns, "and whatever she does, however she behaves, will always be fitting." Yet even as Beatrice's scheming seems about to yield her dream, she is haunted by the one living person who knows the extent of her plans...and her capacity for evil.
Sumptuously set in Georgian England, Wideacre is intensely gripping, rich in texture, and full of color and authenticity. It is a saga as irresistible in its singular magic as its heroine.

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS
1. "I am a Lacey of Wideacre, and my place is on the land!" How does Beatrice's devotion to her family's land enable her, at a very early age, to assume an untraditional role in her family? How does her mother feel about Beatrice's being raised with these liberties, and what informs her attitudes toward her daughter?
2. What role does the English law of primogeniture, in which the eldest son inherits the family land, play in Beatrice's feelings about Wideacre? How do the consequences of th see more

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About the Author

Philippa Gregory
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Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory is the author of many bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. Her work has been adapted for the screen in The Other Boleyn Girl movie and the critically acclaimed STARZ miniseries The White Queen and The White Princess. Her most recent novel is The Last Tudor. She graduated from the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh, where she is a Regent. She holds two honorary degrees from Teesside University and the University of Sussex. She is a fellow of the Universities of Sussex and Cardiff and was awarded the 2016 Harrogate Festival Award for Contribution to Historical Fiction. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.

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