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[[ Read E-pub ]] î The Other Boleyn Girl ó This is an alternate cover edition of ISBN 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, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen However, she soon realises 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 fate into her own handsA rich and compelling novel 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 glamourous court in Europe and survived by following her heart Interesting account of the time how people, especially women, were treated.even the Queen s themselves.by their politically ambitious parents and family No one to be trusted by numerous devious characters Excellent book Some people read uptight history nerds with nothing better to do like to get their undies in knots over Philippa Gregory s writing and whine about how she takes too many liberties with history Well, guess what She makes it interesting, and since her books are classified as fiction, I think she can be allowed that Also, I consider myself a history nerd, especially when it comes to the Tudors, and I think Gregory s books are great The stories surrounding Henry VIII are already really good Some people read uptight history nerds with nothing better to do like to get their undies in knots over Philippa Gregory s writing and whine about how she takes too many liberties with history Well, guess what She makes it interesting, and since her books are classified as fiction, I think she can be allowed that Also, I consider myself a history nerd, especially when it comes to the Tudors, and I think Gregory s books are great The stories surrounding Henry VIII are already really good all Philippa Gregory did was add dialogue and sex scenes that your history teachers pretended never happened I was also very grateful that she didn t attempt to garner sympathy for Anne Boleyn I ve read a couple novels about her where the author attempts to portray her as an innocent victim and it s just sad The woman was a manipulative, conniving, intelligent, confident bitch, and The Other Boleyn Girl makes this very clear.Other books in Philippa Gregory s Tudor series that I read and enjoyed The Virgin s Lover, The Queen s Fool, The Constant Princess, and The Boleyn Inheritance 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 promis 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 seenof 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 I picked this one up at work because I want to see the movie hello, Scarlett Johansen and Natalie Portman Yes please , and because I know I ll have thousands of people asking me about it, like with Atonement, which I never read In short, this book sucks It s the worst kind of historical fiction light on the history, and not fun or well written to make up for it The characters are one dimensional, the writing is trite and full of cliches Complete trash, but I m not putting it on my enjoya I picked this one up at work because I want to see the movie hello, Scarlett Johansen and Natalie Portman Yes please , and because I know I ll have thousands of people asking me about it, like with Atonement, which I never read In short, this book sucks It s the worst kind of historical fiction light on the history, and not fun or well written to make up for it The characters are one dimensional, the writing is trite and full of cliches Complete trash, but I m not putting it on my enjoyable trash shelf, because it s not particularly enjoyable The worst thing about this book was how blatantly obvious it was that Gregory hates Anne Boleyn Mary may have been the narrator, but Anne was without doubt the main character, and it is impossible to enjoy a book where the author goes all out to make you hate the main character Especially a badly written main character Anyone who has done any literary criticism, or any writing, will know that good characterisation involves showing, not telling We re told how charming and witty Anne is to the King, but we re shown her being a bitch and arguing with Mary Anne would have been a mucheffective character if she d been written like her brother George the only likeable character in the whole book , who IS charming and witty, will stab you in the back if it suits him, but then admit to it with a disarming honesty If she d been charming but manipulative to everyone, including Mary, her seduction of the King would have been muchplausible, but as it was I just couldn t see it Then there s the way Gregory manipulates historical fact in order to make Anne seem worse Anne was clever, and well educated, all we got from that was that she spoke French and read a lot, but in reality her education and ability to discuss politics and serious issues with Henry was a significant attraction And there was the love affair with Henry Percy Anne admits to her sworn enemy that she has slept with her betrothed, and he says, no you didn t because it isn t politically convenient for you to marry him and later doesn t tell the king even when he s in a precarious political position because of Anne WTF plothole Next we have the incest and the witchcraft, both of which Gregory paints as true No, seriously As far as incest goes, well, who the hell would sleep with their own brother Apart from the fact that it s generally acknowledged that it was just a means of getting rid of them As for witchcraft, well she was a devout Christian, and again, it s generally thought to be a convenient pretext The whole enmity between sisters thing is a creation, which would be fair enough, poetic license, dramatic tension, etc etc Except Mary hates Anne, and yet she s always doing what she s told, helping Anne out, blah blah She ll occasionally say that of course she loves her she s her sister, but we re told faroften and with farvehemence how much she hates her, and all we re shown is the fights and the vindictiveness Again, this is mostly because Gregory hates Anne She seems to like Mary, although if the real Mary was anything like the characterisation then I can t see why Gregory s Mary is insipid, whiny and spineless, and pretty much irritates the hell out of me And then we get the whole wanting to marry for love and not power as a feminist statement thing that Gregory does with Mary, while we are told Anne, who had power and intelligence in her own right, is a spineless pawn in a man s game of politics She couldn t possibly have been regent of England without her uncle s help, we are told This of the woman who split the church, dethroned a queen, and was mother to Queen Elizabeth.In the Author s note Gregory cites Retha Warnicke s The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn as one of her main sources, which according to Wikipedia I know, Wikipedia, but still , is generally considered to be unsubstantiated which explains some of this She also expresses admiration for Queen Elizabeth I, which I found rather ironic considering she is Anne s daughter and Anne and Elizabeth seem to me to have been very similar in character as well as ability