Book Review :: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The second book in Greogry’s Tudor series The Other Boleyn Girl did not disappoint. Following the antics of the infamous Anne Boleyn in Henry VIII’s court through the eyes of her younger sister Mary, the reader is dropped into a world of ambition, scheming and, ultimately, disaster.  Mary, unlike her sister and brother George, is a Boleyn of conscience and desirous of a life away from court.  She fails to fulfill her family’s plans numerous times and in the end, is the only one to come out unscathed.

This novel is a stretch from scholarly fact, but that’s what makes it so addictive. Gregory takes the research of the renowned Tudor historian Retha Warnicke and twists the facts into a scandalous tale.  Again, Gregory’s writing maintains a quick cadence and conversational tone, making this large novel an easy read. I’m looking forward to what she has in store for the rest of Henry’s love affairs.


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