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The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

The Other Boleyn Girl

Why you should read this book:

Fans of the Tudors, especially Henry VIII, will enjoy this fictional tale told from the point of view of Anne Boleyn’s sister, Mary. Written like a classic romance, The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory is a tale is full of political plotting as the Boleyn family schemes to get their daughters into King Henry’s bed and eventually on to the throne. In a world where they use women as pawns, Mary stands out with her determination to be an individual.

Why you shouldn’t read this book:

  • You aren’t a fan of historical fiction.
  • Romance isn’t your thing.
  • You aren’t interested in the lives of royals.
  • The politics of sex bore you.

What The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory is about:

Mary Boleyn’s family installs her at King Henry the Eighth’s court at a time when Queen Catherine is quickly falling out of favor with the king due to her inability to produce a male heir. Mary catches the eye of the king and therefore must heed the call to go to his bed. Mary’s favor with the king benefits her family greatly, and they scheme to increase their fortune even more by enticing the king with Mary’s sister, Anne. They want Anne to usurp Queen Catherine. Caught between the schemes of her family and the desires of her lover, Mary decides she needs to take her life into her own hands.

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