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)
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.
Intriguing but because it skewed known history I was very disappointed!
Stupid question for an historical novel
Not yet but loved her
NO I want to see more realistic movies. I hate based on the real event and then all the facts are changed!!!!
So many Americans read books like this and take them for facts so WHY would you change the facts??? Why follow so much history and then skew the rest????? It could have been a GREAT book!!! It could have been looked at as "Well maybe it did go down that" but instead.........
Ms. Gregory is very good at telling a story but when it comes to historical accuracy, not so much. Never assume that any of her 'facts' reflect the general view of historians specializing in this area--not even ones as mundane as when Mary was born, whether she had any children by William Stafford or whether Anne 'adopted' (and thus 'stole') her children by Henry VIII. I guess actual history just doesn't make a good enough story, even that as intriguing as the Wars of the Roses and the Tudor family machinations. The same could be said about other works I've read by her--The White Queen, The White Princess and The Constant Princess.
This one could also use a lot of editing--no need for an over-23 hour work on this topic.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would!! I'm so glad I got it and loved every minute of it. longest book I have listened to and without a doubt in the top three. enjoy!!
Philippa Gregory has the most annoying habit of
fabricating key historical facts and completely ommiting others. But in this particular case they are not totally unforgivable, EXCEPT where she said Anne adopted Mary's son. A totally unnecessary fabrication that does not move the story on in the least, and in fact she struggles with it later in the story. The one ommision I object to is the fact that it was well known that Mary Boleyn got a bad reputation in France as a young girl, and that is totally overlooked here. However, I really did enjoy this story best out of all her books that I've read so far. It's nice to have it written from a single point of view, it reduces all the redundancy and circular writing that is so headache inducing in other of her books. I really enjoyed the sibling's relationships with each other, it was delightful. The story is not rushed,
making for a long, comfortable read.
since I have been on disability for the last few years I have been interested in king Henry 8 not his wives. of all the movies, TV shows and some books, Gregory has given me a greater insight on them. I always wondered about the history of Queen Katherine and Anne Boleyn and mistress Mary Boleyn. thank you.
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