When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of 14, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both the golden prince and her growing role as an unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots when the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her powerfully ambitious sister, Anne Boleyn. As Mary watches Anne manipulate her rise to the throne, Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king and take her fate into her own hands.
A rich and compelling tale of love, ambition, lust, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the very center of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her heart.
©2011 Philippa Gregory (P)2011 Simon & Schuster
"You want a real page-turner, but you don't want to tarnish your reputation for literary taste. The Other Boleyn Girl is your kind of... book." (Newsday)
I have always loved historical novels & this was awesome. Of course I would recommend it if you aren't afraid to change your old perceptions of Henry the VIII's second wife.
The performance was great too. Susan Lyons really brought the characters to life
When I finished it I couldn't wait to start the next Philippa Gregory book!
This is the first time that I heard that the Boleyn son was gay. It was good to learn a little more about Mary Boleyn. I would enjoy a book on her life after court.
The story is interesting enough, though overly Harlequin Romance for my taste. But given that there is an actual history here, this is way, way more fiction than historical. There's taking some liberty to fill in some blanks, and then there's just making almost the whole thing up. Why not just write fiction without the historical names? Anne Boleyn poisoned three people, maybe five, maybe more? Really?
What a fantastic take on a fascinating subject. That old King Henry was a tyrant, but I found her family to be just as bad. This novel really highlights how the women in the Boyleyn family are used as pawns to advance the family's position with the king.
Definitely worth a listen.
I read this book as a paperback many yrs ago hearing it read by someone else for the second time was even better I love laying in bed eyes closed it takes me to a whole new world.
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