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The Other Boleyn Girl (original 2001; edition 2003)

by Philippa Gregory

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Title:The Other Boleyn Girl
Authors:Philippa Gregory
Info:Touchstone (2003), Edition: 1st Scribner Paperback Fiction Ed, Paperback, 672 pages
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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory (2001)

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    Innocent Traitor: A Novel of Lady Jane Grey by Alison Weir (shamicnic, al.vick)
    shamicnic: This historical fiction book preceeds "Innocent Traitor" by telling the story of Anne Boleyn from the intriguing point of view of her sister, Mary Boleyn.
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    Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings by Alison Weir (meggyweg)
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    The Autobiography of Henry VIII: With Notes by His Fool, Will Somers by Margaret George (citygirl)
    citygirl: Way better.
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    Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Mistress by Josephine Wilkinson (meggyweg)
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    The Concubine by Norah Lofts (carport)
    carport: I enjoyed this characterization of Anne Boleyn very much. Written in the 1950s, the book contains some inaccuracies, but is an excellent portrait of Henry VIII's notorious wife.
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    The Twentieth Wife by Indu Sundaresan (legxleg)
    legxleg: Although The Twentieth Wife is set in Mughal India, not Tudor England, I think Sundaresan and Gregory write similar romance-infused history about a royal court populated by ambitious courtiers, including some scheming women.
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    Duchess: A Novel of Sarah Churchill by Susan Holloway Scott (cataylor)
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    The Borgia Bride by Jeanne Kalogridis (Caramellunacy)
    Caramellunacy: The Borgia Bride takes a look at another controversial historical figure - Lucrezia Borgia through the eyes of her sister-in-law. There is plenty of scandal, drama, and ambition.
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    Portrait of an Unknown Woman by Vanora Bennett (PatMock)
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    The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII by Retha M. Warnicke (meggyweg)
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Dull, dull, dull. And overlong. Mary was really a big dope, as much as she could be portrayed as a naive girl, she just had no sense most of the time. I'm picking up the huge David Starkey tome to push this out of my head.
  amyem58 | Jul 3, 2014 |
This is the book that started my obsession with all things Tudor. Gives a different perspective on Anne Boleyn through Mary Boleyn. Scandal galore! ( )
  saradiann | Apr 8, 2014 |
This was a book that I didn't want to set down. ( )
  dms02 | Feb 27, 2014 |
Best so far of the Philippa Gregory books. Looking forward to the rest in this series.

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  ava-st-claire | Feb 21, 2014 |
This was an engaging and fairly well-balanced read. I get bored by courtly intrigue and don't really have much patience for historical romances, but I liked the main character a lot. I would've preferred a bit more historical detail and a more vividly drawn setting -- since most of the point of historical fiction is to show the historical setting.

I did also like Mary as an interesting and fallible unreliable narrator. I also liked how understandably fearful and confused her reactions to her brother falling in love with a man were. It felt as complicated as it should be.

I knew the basics of Boleyn story before I started reading, and the deviations from the textbook version were a little jarring (and the foreshadowing of the end a bit heavy-handed). I wish I were more sure of the historical accuracy of the novel -- wondering about it distracted me (quite a lot) from the reading experience. ( )
2 vote sageness | Feb 7, 2014 |
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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--Back cover.
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The King wants a son.
He'd better get one or else
Heads are gonna roll.

(Carnophile)
This book teaches us
Sisters really aren't always
Best Friends Forever.

(Carnophile)

Amazon.com Product Description (ISBN 0743227441, Paperback)

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 familys ambitious plots as the kings 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.

(retrieved from Amazon Mon, 30 Sep 2013 13:47:43 -0400)

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The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress, in which role she bears him an illegitimate son, and then Anne as his wife.… (more)

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