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The Other Boleyn Girl

by Philippa Gregory

Historical novel about the 2 Boleyn sisters, told from the viewpoint of the lesser known Mary Boleyn.
This book makes me feel as though I'm actually living in Henry VIII's court - it's so well described without being boring. I am slightly horrified by the way women were pawns of both their family and the king ... so glad I don't live in Tudor times. I don't want this book to end!
I'm also learning a lot of history I never used to remember the order of Henry's wives but now they are real people to me I always remember!

Suggested by Elaine, Peterborough

Tagged with: atmospheric best. compelling fiction historical

 

Comments

Phillippa Gregory captures the atmosphere of the rich pageant of the times in this novel. As an author of historical novels I understand the time consuming research that goes into getting the historical facts correct. The characters I write about stay with me well after my books are published.
Jean Mead
This book was the first historical novel that I had ever read and I decided to read it as Philippa Gregory gave a talk at our library about it. She read a passage from it beautifully and I liked the sound of it. I really enjoyed the book and found it very readable: it changed my attitude towards historical fiction which I had previously assumed would seem too far away for me to relate to.
Caroline, Newquay
 

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