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The Other Boleyn Girl Summary È 4 Å Two sisters competing for the greatest prize the love of a kingWhen 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 ueen However she soon realizes just how much she iR she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family's 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 in. This was one of the first books I read by Philippa Gregory and out of order How could I do that to myself but in the end you can read them out of order assuming you know the entire list of monarchs in order Informative book If you're a history buff it will line up well and give you some things to dispute

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Two sisters competing for the greatest prize the love of a kingWhen 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 ueen Howeve. Disclaimer Don't confuse this book with a biography of Mary Boleyn It's fiction all the way It's a good read when you remember that this is fiction and not a blow by blow account of historical events And because it is fiction Gregory is able to play a little fast and loose with historical fact Mary was most likely the oldest Boleyn child not the youngest as presented here She had also served the French kings court just as Anne did but was sent home in disgrace after tales of her promiscuity got out including the fact that she was probably also that king's mistress She was probably not the young inexperienced girl Gregory chooses to portray her as Gregory also depends heavily on Retha Warnicke's thesis that a homosexual ring surrounded Anne and included her brother George This has been widely discredited by historians since both Anne and George were very religious and George was also a renowned womanizer Otherwise it was a decent book There were parts I thought went a little far especially with Mary and George teaching Anne whore's tricks to woo the king without actually having sex with him Granted activity like this may have happened but I don't necessarily want to read about it I loved the love story between Mary and William Stafford and would have liked to seen of the relationship between Anne and Henry when they were younger seemingly in love and she was as much a partner and advisor in his affairs as king especially in religious thinking and such as any man at court Somehow though this book has tarnished my romanticized concept of courtly behavior It's horrifying to consider that some of the political wrangling and the use of women as temptations mistresses and pawns to rise in society titles and the court probably happened at least to some extent If this was the way life was in those days I would hope that I was a commoner Because being in the court and used as someone's chattel to get what they wanted with no regard for my desires or who I loved would have been awful

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The Other Boleyn GirlTo 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. You've probably never heard of The Other Boleyn Girl It's not very popular I think a movie got made out of it but I doubt anyone watched itThose are the kind of lies mistruths and distortions that one person can perpetuate when they don't check their facts or worse intentionally distort the facts But on that later The Other Boleyn Girl is the story of Mary Boleyn the could've been ueen courtier during King Henry VIII's tumultuous reign Little is known about Mary other than that she was the sister of one of the most well known women in all of history This is a historical fiction writer's DREAM She is a malleable yet important figure orbiting world changing events A crafty author can do a lot with just such a characterPhilippa Gregory decided to turn her into the tool of the Boleyns Mary is offered up by her parents and pushed ahead like a pawn by her ambitious uncle in the BoleynHoward campaign for power She is assisted by her brother and sister who later set her aside after the king's done with her in order to put Anne on the throne Mary's portrait as painted by Gregory is a sympathetic one indeedDid Gregory charge her palette with true colors It's said that she likes to do historical research Me I like historical fiction that's well researched I don't like it when a writer does a little research latches on to something like an archaic term or whatever and then proceeds to use that thing in their novel like it's going out of bloody style If I ever hear the word stomacher again it'll be too damn soon Simply adding the occasional period piece decor and nothing does not make a good read in this genreI doubt that much historical accuracy was attended to in the making of this book There are notable inaccuracies I'll give you one Mary was not the baby of the family as Gregory asserts but rather the eldest of the three siblings But we've got to be honest with ourselves as readers Factual history must sometimes be set aside because that's not what's important in this genre The Other Boleyn Girl isn't a textbook it's a novel It's meant to entice and titillate Dramatic effect and setting the mood is important than getting it right Taken for what it is this book excels At times it's exciting and tense At times it pulls at the heart There are moments when this is drama at its bestHowever taken as a whole this is not Gregory's best work The occasionally amateurish writing made me think it was her first published work but it's not I read something by her published ten years after this and her writing showed marked improvement the nuggets from her historical research were inserted smoothly and everything felt a good deal tighter This mammoth book on the other hand feels ponderous At one point I thought to myself I bet she wishes she could have a redo on this one but that ain't gonna happen since everybody and their grandma has read it