The Other Boleyn Girl Paperback – Feb 18 2008
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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.
In the very next chapter Mary describes herself as 'the youngest Boleyn girl" who is waiting for her sister Anne to return from France. Now this is patently wrong. Mary was the eldest girl - she went to France first in the retinue of Henry VIII's sister who married the King of France. Anne Boleyn, her younger sister, followed later. Francois, the king of France even described Mary Boleyn as the most promiscuous woman at the French court - and this was at a time when the French court was highly promiscuous.
After that I found myself very much at odds with much of the material in the book - I found it hard to enjoy what was patently a plot device (making Mary the younger sister) to try to build up some kind of rivalry between the two sisters over Henry's affections.Read more ›
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A lot of comments arguing fact or fiction concerning the historical accuracies, frankly I didn't care, I enjoyed reading it! Read morePublished 12 months ago by Val
Boring and slow paced book. It is pretty well written, but I couldn't wait for it to end.Published 19 months ago by Ali
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... Read morePublished on Aug. 20 2013 by Karen
It was a good read that kept me interested and I didn't want to put down. Gotta go for my shower now.Published on Feb. 20 2013 by Joan Lemire
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! Read morePublished on Jan. 14 2013 by leanne larkin
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.Published on Oct. 17 2012 by Bobi
This book was fantastic and I thoroughly enjoyed the fresh take this era.
I must say I found Philippa Gregory to be a master story teller. Read more