Tuesday, August 11, 2009

The Other Boleyn Girl - Philippa Gregory

Synopsis of The Other Boleyn Girl

"When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her familys ambitious plots as the kings interest begins to wane and she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. Then Mary knows that she must defy her family and her king, and take her fate into her own hands."

Jenn: I saw the movie first and really liked it. I found it amazing that families would go to such lengths to get in good favor with the king. But the movie didn't show the half of it. A friend of mine lent me the book and it was very interesting to read. It goes into so much more detail about how the affair of Mary starts, how long it lasts, what causes it to fall apart, and then her role as she helps her sister seduce the king to win the crown while trying to find her own path and happiness. How much is true and how much is conjecture, I have no idea. But it was well written and very vividely described. The lies, the acting, and the social norms of the time period were fascinating to read about. I'm now officially intrigued with this author and look forward to reading her other books about the women in this time period.

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