The Other Boleyn Girl

Author: Philippa, Gregory

Title: The Other Boleyn Girl

Genre: Biographical, Historical Fiction, Romance

Publication Date: 2002

Number of Pages: 664

Geographical Setting: England

Time Period: 1509-1547

Series (If applicable): Tudor Novels number 2

Plot Summary:  When Henry VIII becomes infatuated with the Boleyn sister’s, England townspeople are uncertain if they can trust either one of the women to take over the throne as Henry’s queen. Mary is the story’s narrator and it is through her eyes that we are retold this tale of the king’s court and the numerous affairs that are taken place within the palace walls. As Ann becomes the infamous lover of Henry and strives to replace Queen Catherine, Mary, who was once the king’s mistress and had 2 children with him, seems to fall back in the shadows and becomes the “other Boleyn girl”. This novel is engaging from the first page to the last and moves fairly quickly. The reader will enjoy learning about the two main characters and their development over the years both in and outside the palace as well as the various relationships among the court. Gregory captures the complicated story of love and lust in the Tudors saga.

Subject Headings: Boleyn Family,  England,  Henry VIII,  Anne Boleyn,  Mary Boleyn,  Mistress, History, Great Britain

Appeal: Character Driven, Romantic, Suspenseful, Dramatic, Descriptive, Detailed, Sister Riverary, Tudors, Ambition, England, Palace Life, Plot-Driven, Engaging, Power, Love, Anne Boleyn, Mary Boley, Henry VIII

3 appeal terms that best describe this book: Sisters, Palace Life and Love

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