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1.0 out of 5 stars Complete Rubbish! Jan. 10 2012
The Other Boleyn Girl (TOBG) is one of the worst historical fictions I've ever read. Gregory takes every myth, stereotype, rumour, and lie about Anne Boleyn's life, and turns her into a caricature, which resulted in another bodice-ripper based on little more than conjecture. TOBG could have been so much more, if Gregory has taken the time to conduct intensive research. Instead, she takes Retha Warnicke's convoluted theory and ran with it.

None of the characters emerge as an anything but selfish, idiotic, brats, who are more interested in their sexual inclinations. George Boleyn, one of the great minds of Henrician England, is relegated to an ineffectual loser, who lacks any religious devotion, personality, or intelligent thought. He is so far removed from the real man I was reduced to banging my head on the wall. Mary Boleyn, a mistress of two kings in the real world, is made to be the virginal, good girl, who suffers from a strong moral compass. Mary must fight off her evil, sexualised, villain sister to win the King's affection. Anne is so depraved and desperate(she is the epitome of the sexual predator), she wants to commit incest with her brother. The only true fact within this nightmare is many readers believe it to be fact. Apparently, Gregory is also an historian. She's not! Check her credentials. No PhD in Tudor history to be found.

Gregory wants to sell books. I get it! But, save your money, and go read an author worthy of your time and hard earned cash. For better Boleyn/Tudor fiction, check out: Jean Plaidy, Margaret Campbell Barnes, Sandra Byrd, and Robin Maxwell.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Distorting History for Sensationalism Oct. 11 2012
By Alison S. Coad TOP 50 REVIEWER
"The Other Boleyn Girl," by Philippa Gregory, purports to tell the story of Mary Boleyn, Anne's sister and her predecessor as a lover of Henry VIII, albeit only at her family's behest. Mary and Anne are locked in a bitter rivalry, but Anne needs Mary both to support her in her struggles to become Queen and to provide her with the things that she cannot get for herself, including a son. Mary, on the other hand, wants only to live for love and would prefer to be in the country, away from the Tudor court and all its machinations, but her attempts to find happiness are blocked by her bolder, more ambitious sister.... I generally dislike novelists who take real historical figures and real historical events and twist or distort them for their own purposes, as Gregory does here. For example, she has Mary becoming a wife at age 12 and Henry's lover at age 14, rather than having those events occur when she's in her late teens or early 20s, thereby suggesting to modern readers that Henry (and by extension all men at his court) is a pedophile. She paints Anne as a complete shrew, utterly malicious and spiteful towards everybody, especially her (in this book, not in reality) younger sister, whereas Mary is a simple, uncomplicated woman who cannot be said to live a blameless life but who is nevertheless saintly when compared to Anne. She suggests that Anne and her brother George were engaged in an incestuous relationship which leads to a pregnancy and miscarriage of a "monster." And so on and so forth. The real story of the Tudors and the Boleyns is dramatic enough in its own right; distortions like those in Gregory's book are just cheap shots, to my mind. Competently written, but not worth your time.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliance in catching the essence of Anne Boleyn Aug. 20 2013
By Karen
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After visiting London and becoming immersed in the bloody history that became of British Rule I quite enjoyed this journey through one of the most important experiences that existed in the court of Henry VIII.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Good reading Feb. 20 2013
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It was a good read that kept me interested and I didn't want to put down. Gotta go for my shower now.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great book, but.... Jan. 14 2013
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I would have given 5 stars because Otis a great book however, the book I ordered according to the picture shown wasn't the same cover as I received! I specifically wanted the one shown because it matched the rest of my collection but I was sent a book with a different cover so I was slightly disappointed....that was the only issue I had because delivery was super quick (next day in fact) even though I only payed for standard shipping, so I was impressed!
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Other Boleyn Girl Oct. 17 2012
By Bobi
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Interesting book! I have never read any of her books before, I really like her writing. I am now reading The Boleyn Inheritance, and it seems as good as this one.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Seamless Blend of Fact and Fiction May 31 2008
By Toni Osborne TOP 100 REVIEWER
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King Henry V11 is accustomed to garnering flattery from young women in his court when he notices Mary Boleyn Carey, lady in waiting to his wife Queen Katherine. Mary becomes the king's mistress and bears his illegitimate children Catherine and Henry. Her joy is cut short when she discovers that she is a pawn in the dynastic plots of her family. While pregnant her sister Anne seduces the King with the aim of overthrowing Queen Katherine, becoming Queen and bearing his legal heirs. Mary realizes she must defy her family and her King and take her fate into her own hands.

George, their brother, is a popular member of the royal court and with family pressure he helps Anne to maintain a favoured position in the King's eyes. The family becomes one of the essential elements surrounding the eventual dissolution of the marriage to Katherine changing the history of England for ever. This eventually led to the demise of Anne and George.

This novel is a seamless blend of fact and fiction pulling together an incredible amount of history, political and socio-economic information. It is evident the author did immense research to put together this moment in history with just enough details to keep the story flowing smoothly making it interesting and entertaining. Anne's exhaustive pursuit of King Henry is wonderfully depicted; the description is so vivid you actually feel her determination and her desire for power at any cost. The novel recaptures the past in a non conventional way; Ms Gregory dealt with a lot of creativity describing the feelings, the motivations of her characters, some of events undoubtedly fictional in a manner quite plausible. It is an incredibly compelling, deep and fascinating novel....
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5.0 out of 5 stars Smartly Written Page Turner
I had not read a historical romance novel for some time. Quite frankly I was sick of them. I'd also seen the movie for this book (which was good). Read more
Published on Jan. 10 2011 by Barbara
5.0 out of 5 stars page turner
LOVED LOVED LOVED this book! Total page turner. One gets inside the characters. Mary Boleyn is a great "character". Anne is hateful! Read more
Published on April 7 2010 by Katherine F. Lowe
4.0 out of 5 stars Good read
Found this to be one of Philippa Gregory's better books,it is fiction and it does make for a good story,how much is fact not alot. Read more
Published on May 15 2009 by v. rubin
5.0 out of 5 stars Get hooked on historical fiction
I admit I saw the movie that was recently based on the book first, and I loved it - so I knew that I had to read the book. Read more
Published on May 14 2009 by A. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Not into history? Read it anyway.
Absolutely fantastic. Personally I am not at all into English history and actually I don't even remember what drove me to buy this book, but I'm definitely glad I did. Read more
Published on May 6 2009 by Trang T. Ly
1.0 out of 5 stars The most boring reading I have had In years
This book is the most boring and monotonous reading I have had in years. And nevertheless (just to be fair to the author and to myself) I have finished to read it. Read more
Published on Jan. 7 2009 by Tatiana
4.0 out of 5 stars It's a great book, but it's fiction.
I've noticed that there are two types of reviews for this book. There are those who love it and consider it to be historically accurate, and there are those who hate it and state... Read more
Published on Jan. 4 2009 by Susan Simola
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