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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. 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 much effective 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 much plausible 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 plotholeNext 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 far often and with far vehemence 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 ueen and was mother to ueen ElizabethIn 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 ueen 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

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The Other Boleyn GirlR 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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Read & Download The Other Boleyn Girl 109 ´ 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 muchTo 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. I got through 25 pages of this book and had enough I wrote down literally I had a pen and paper with me after the reading the first page or two so many historical inaccuracies that I thought my head would explode Then I checked out reviews on and realized the book would get much much worse As strictly a novel this might be a great book and I do hope to pick it up again with the mind set that it is strictly fiction because I might be able to enjoy it then But as a book dealing with Mary and Anne and George Boleyn it is awful Why did Philippa Gregory feel the need to use historical figures if she was just going to make up the story I might have enjoyed this book if it was two fictional sisters What's frustrating is that people think this book is historically accurate and it doesn't come close I was a history major and I've read tons of non fiction books about Anne and Henry and the Tudors and I hate it when people uote this book as fact which many many people do By all means if you want to read this book do so because it is wildly popular a lot of my friends love it and I'm sorry if you hate this review but PLEASE read a reputable non fiction book about these people as well or at least a better researched novel about themNovember 2010 Update I've gotten through half this book and stand by what I wrote in 2008 I plan on finishing it but at a later time