|The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (2002, Paperback) : Philippa Gregory (Trade Paper, 2002)|
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|Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king. When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's ambitious plots as the king's interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then 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, sex, ambition, and intrigue,The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.|
|Number Of Pages||672 pages|
|LC Classification Number||PR6057.R386O84 2002|
|"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." -- Janice Numura, "Newsday"|
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The Other Boleyn girl tells the story of Mary, King Henry the VIII's mistress before he met and married Mary's sister, the more well-known Ann.
This is a great story, beautifully written and completely interesting from beginning to end. Written from Mary's point of view, the story elaborates on the theme that both Mary and Ann were pawns in the Boleyn family's push for upward mobility.
This is the first book I have read by Philippa Gregory, and I am looking forward to receiving The Queen's Fool so that I may read that, as well. There are events in her novel, however, that some historians do not believe occurred. For instance, in this book, Henry fathers Mary's first two children while she was married to (but living separately from) her husband. Some historians dispute this allegation and believe that Mary was the king's mistress prior to her marriage and that her children were the offspring of both Mary and her husband--and concieved very much after the affair ended. Regardless, these are events that will most likely always be in dispute and have been, thus far, impossible to prove definitively either way. And, Philippa Gregory chooses the option that makes for a better story and more empathetic character. Good for her.
This novel transports the reader through time and is difficult to put down. I also recommend The Autobiography of Henry VIII, by Margaret George, for another fictionalized first-person account of this era in British history.
This was the first book I had ever read by this author, and I began reading it on a plane departing from Chicago. Fifteen minutes later, I was totally engrossed by it. I am one for historical period novels as it is, and I must say I was extremely impressed by this book. In fact, I have reread it repeatedly, probably in the neighorhood of 15-20 times, and still enjoy it just as much as the first time.
Although the story is predominately about Anne Boleyn, the title is in itself apt, as it is told by 'the other Boleyn girl', Mary Boleyn, and told from her viewpoint. Although this book is a work of fiction, the people involved did exist, and the facts were prevelant throughout. Ms. Gregory certainly did her research on this novel, and it shows.
Ms. Gregory not only did her research well, but her writing skills are excellent. She has brought all those characters to life, and you can easily imagine things she has described from Mary's viewpoint as actually being told by her. It seems almost like a diary from her life, and I really enjoyed it.
If you like historical fiction, then I would suggest this book. This one has it all - fashions, politics, court life, royalty, romance (no, this is not a romance novel) and intrigues. It has something for everyone that likes this genre of book, and I *highly* recommend it!
This book was reccomended to me by someone on eBay (oddly enough), and liking some of the same books she liked I decided to give it a go.
I LOVED IT!
I've never been a fan of history and never read on any historical subject. I think I learned more history from reading this fictonal book than anywhere else, and I enjoyed the learning. (I think I may even pick up a nonfiction book on this subject.) Granted most of the book is a fictonal romance of sorts, but it IS based on actual events. The book follows Mary Boleyn, a girl whose high reaching family pushes her into view and ultimatly the bed of King Henry. *SLIGHT SPOILER (really just first 1/4th or 1/3rd of book)* Being the dutiful daughter of her times she did as she was told and ultimatly had two children by him at which point her sister Anne Boelyn catches the Kings eye and Mary is discarded. *END SPOILER* The rest of the book is Mary dealing with this and her detirmination to move on and not let it destroy her.
I would reccomend this book to fans of history, romance, general historical fiction or the "girl rising above" variety of readers.
For those of us Dr. Gregory devotees, this novel will serve as yet another in an ever expanding collection of upmarket historical bodice rippers. This story is told via Mary Boleyn, Anne's younger sister, who beat her older sis to King Hal, as it where. It's an interesting touch to have Mary serve as the narrator of this well-known tale. We all know that King Henry bedded Mary Boleyn before he embarked on his downward spiral to rid himself of one Queen, the Roman church and to devote all his waking hours to creating a legitimate ( Bess Blount and Henry Fitzroy be damned! )male heir. Unfortunately for Hank, his men of medicine did not yet know that the sex of the child is determined by the father's donation. A fine, frolicking read. Laced with tremendous historical detail. Dr. Gregory doe not disappoint. Our heroine is of some historical import as she was the only one of three Boleyn children to survive the Queen Anne and brother George Boleyn denouement. It is therefore of keen interest to speculate on how this entire affair left it's mark on Mary.
Crammed with love, lust, sport, jewels,fine meals, fine clothes and other such kingly pursuits, it is sure to please. Enjoy the escape.
This is one of the best historical fiction books I've read. Philippa Gregory brings the characters to life and tells the intriging history of one of King Henry VIII's most famous wives from the perspective of her sister. It's entertaining and enjoyable as well as suspenseful and romantic. I highly recommend this book. It's a great read!