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Editor’s Note

“Rich & Intimate...”

History buffs rejoice: Gregory’s rich portrait of a previously forgotten aristocrat offers an intimate look at life in Tudor times.
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The #1 New York Times bestseller from “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory is a rich, compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue surrounding the Tudor court of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the infamous Boleyn family.

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of the handsome and charming 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 soon she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. With her own destiny suddenly unknown, Mary realizes that she must defy her family and take fate into her own hands.

With more than one million copies in print and adapted for the big screen, The Other Boleyn Girl is a riveting historical drama. It brings to light a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe, and survived a treacherous political landscape by following her heart.

Topics: England, Tudor Period, Steamy, Romantic, The Tudors, Royalty, Sisters, Made into a Movie, Sibling Rivalry, Family, Love Triangle, Illegitimate Children, Women in History, Kings, Adultery, Betrayal, British Author, and Henry VIII

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ISBN: 9780743233088
List price: $14.99
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I know nothing of the Tudors except for what I read in this book and the author claims that she was accurate. Of course, there's no way to be certain. History is told by the winners, so if Anne Boleyn was a saint there's no way of knowing. Apparently, historians want us to believe that she was an ambitious witch-bitch of a woman that enchanted the king and gave him only one heir (and not a bad one).

Despite all of that, the book is wonderfully written. If it's historically accurate, then those Tudors were a trashy group of people and a lot of fun to read about!more
This is what i wrote on bookcrossing about this book:

Hi I have read about half of the book and now I really enjoy it. It took me a little while to get used to it, cause as I said it has been ages since i read historical fiction but now i am really enjoying it and even trying to get more books about this area.

and 1 day later:

Wow I wish i could read more. I've finished the book last night and really loved it.sunny You are great for sending this to me. You did so well. I really really enjoyed it immensly and because of this book i want to read more about this timemore
There's been so much hype about this book I thought I'd read it, as something easy and trashy and senseless. It didn't turn out to be easy, for me, actually. The writing isn't all that enchanting, really, and it didn't come to life for me. The characters are almost unbearable, too. The supposed main character, Mary, is very weak and passive, and Anne, who is clearly going to be somewhere near the centre of the narrative, is unpleasant. She's poisonous, ambitious, cruel, and even though she's a strong female character, I can't find any liking for her at all. All the scheming set my teeth on edge.

I can't actually see why so many people love this book, but I'm glad I gave it a try to see what the big deal is. Historical fiction isn't really my cup of tea, normally, which possibly explains why I didn't get on with this at all.more
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I know nothing of the Tudors except for what I read in this book and the author claims that she was accurate. Of course, there's no way to be certain. History is told by the winners, so if Anne Boleyn was a saint there's no way of knowing. Apparently, historians want us to believe that she was an ambitious witch-bitch of a woman that enchanted the king and gave him only one heir (and not a bad one).

Despite all of that, the book is wonderfully written. If it's historically accurate, then those Tudors were a trashy group of people and a lot of fun to read about!more
This is what i wrote on bookcrossing about this book:

Hi I have read about half of the book and now I really enjoy it. It took me a little while to get used to it, cause as I said it has been ages since i read historical fiction but now i am really enjoying it and even trying to get more books about this area.

and 1 day later:

Wow I wish i could read more. I've finished the book last night and really loved it.sunny You are great for sending this to me. You did so well. I really really enjoyed it immensly and because of this book i want to read more about this timemore
There's been so much hype about this book I thought I'd read it, as something easy and trashy and senseless. It didn't turn out to be easy, for me, actually. The writing isn't all that enchanting, really, and it didn't come to life for me. The characters are almost unbearable, too. The supposed main character, Mary, is very weak and passive, and Anne, who is clearly going to be somewhere near the centre of the narrative, is unpleasant. She's poisonous, ambitious, cruel, and even though she's a strong female character, I can't find any liking for her at all. All the scheming set my teeth on edge.

I can't actually see why so many people love this book, but I'm glad I gave it a try to see what the big deal is. Historical fiction isn't really my cup of tea, normally, which possibly explains why I didn't get on with this at all.more
I would give the first half of this book 2, maybe 3 stars and the 2nd half, four stars so if you're struggling with caring about what happens to any of these characters, stick with it. I finally started to care about Mary after she fell in love with William and wanted to make a life for herself. Some parts of the book I relished in, while some parts I just had to forget about as soon as I read it.
To the argument that the author took many liberties with the story and distorted some facts, it is historical FICTION!! I don't think I would use it to teach a history lesson.
All in all, it was an entertaining read.more
A fantastic insight into the lives of two of England's most famous historical royals. A long book, but stick with it - it's worth itmore
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