The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

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Set in the court of King Henry VIII, Mary Boleyn attracts the attention of the young king and becomes his mistress; when he tires of her, she sets out to school her sister, Anne, as a replacement. Politics and passion are inextricably bound together in this compelling drama. The Boleyn family is keen to rise through the ranks of society, and what better way to attract the attention of the most powerful in the land than to place their most beautiful young woman at court? But Mary becomes the king’s mistress at a time of change. He needs his personal pleasures, but he also needs an heir. The unthinkable happens and the course of English history is irrevocably changed. For the women at the heart of the storm, they have only one weapon; and when it’s no longer enough to be the mistress, Mary must groom her younger sister in the ways of the king. What happens next is common knowledge – but here it is told in a way we’ve never heard it before, with all of Philippa Gregory’s characteristic perceptiveness, backed by meticulous research and superb storytelling skills.

Reviewed by Cheerful Bags Reading Group:

Absolutely brilliant, very interesting story and brings history into the mind much easier. Everyone thought it was really good.

Star rating: ****
 

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4 thoughts on “The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory”

  1. Review by Goodworth Clatford WI Reading group:
    Too long and repetitive. Terror came across. Court intrigue well drawn. Historical accuracy questioned. Lavish spending – where did money come from? Henry’s mental state questionable. Lack of medical knowledge.
    Star rating: **

  2. Review by Between the Leaves Reading Group:
    Compelling reading. A must for any book group.
    Star rating: ****

  3. Review by New Forest Waterside Reading group:
    Yet another Philippa Gregory novel that was immediately given four star rating but still generated a good deal of discussion. It was compared favourably and unfavourably with her other novels and with Vanora Bennett’s Queen of Silks, both writers convincingly taking the readers into lifestyles far removed from their own.
    Star rating: ****

  4. Review by Andover HIP Reading Group
    We talked more about this book than any other. Superb!
    Rating: ***

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