Title: The Other Boleyn Girl
Author: Philippa Gregory
Publish Date: November 2004
Genre: Historical Fiction, Adult Fiction
Page Count: 672 pages
We have all heard of poor Anne Boleyn who was executed by Henry VIII. Well, this novel is told from her sister Mary’s point of view. Mary Boleyn, Anne's lesser known sister was the first to capture the king's attention. She is forced into his bed at the age of 14, though already married, and she struggles to keep his attention. She does beat him two illegitimate children, one a boy and her family then begins plotting on how to get him into the throne. But as Henry's interest in Mary wanes, Anne steals the spotlight and Mary must decide to take her life and her future into her own hands.
Gregory did a great job describing the English court at the time. I found the development of Mary and Anne both to be well written. The family dynamic between Mary, Anne, and their brother George was very well written, though also disturbing at times.
I loved this novel, plain and simple. I could hardly put it down. For those that like historical fiction that is more accurate, I would not recommend this novel. Gregory has been criticized by the fact that she claims to be a historian, but her works are overly embellished. Personally, I think if you only considered the facts about Mary, it would be slightly boring.
I loved the way that the novel was written, the way the plot unfolded, everything. Overall, I would give it a 5 out of 5.
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