The Other Boleyn Girl
By Philippa Gregory
9/10 from 1 review
One for lovers (and avoiders) of historial fiction
A fantastic page turner, with believable characters illustrating that events in the great Henry the Eighth's reign were not the dry theological and poltical posturigs they may have seemed at school.
Philippa Gregory's latest novel may have attracted criticism on the ground of historical inaccuracies, but it does not claim to be a text book. Rather, as a novel it provides a cast of the soap opera stars of the period and indications as to their motives, which in turn allows the reader to develop an understanding of what prompted the twists and turns of the court factions and of the king at its helm. This in turn underlines the signifiance of his power and his decisions, and their impact on the people living in the lands he ruled and in the wider European arena.
Personally I’ll always applaud a book which makes an historical period more accessible the the reader – much of history is based on supposition and interpretation, and Philippa Gregory’s research is more robust than many historical novelists’ and the contextual setting her novels provide is excellent.
So what's the story, Mary???
Sibling Rivarly and sexual politics involving Mary and Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII and Tudor court of the 16th century.
As Carey Green puts it in the Amazon.co.uk review, this IS "An epic tale of lust, jealousy and betrayal."
My favourite book of 2002.