The Other Boleyn Girl

A Novel

Gregory, Philippa

Paperback - 2002
Average Rating: 4 stars out of 5.
The Other Boleyn Girl
Two sisters competing for the greatest prize: the love of a king. 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 family's ambitious plots as the king's 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 A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 2002
ISBN: 0743227441
Branch Call Number: FIC G
Characteristics: 664 p. ; 21 cm.


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Aug 04, 2014
  • kndrdsprt rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Totally absorbing. Hard to put down - I read all 661 pages in 2 days...a rare experience indeed.

Feb 10, 2014
  • TulsaTimeTraveler rated this: 4.5 stars out of 5.

If you've ever wished for a glimpse into a royal court in medieval England, you are in for a wild ride with this book. Highlighting the scandal, betrayal, and the power struggle to stay in the king's good graces, this book will make your own family drama seem like a walk in the park compared to these twisted relationships.

Dec 24, 2013
  • JCLLeslieN rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The book is fun and you learn a ton about British monarchy - but the movie is horrible - destroys the story.

Oct 03, 2013
  • jmikesmith rated this: 3 stars out of 5.

The basic premise: the Boleyn girls' maternal uncle Thomas Howard seeks more prestige and power for his family. So, with the full agreement of the Boleyn parents, he aims first Mary and then sister Anne at King Henry VIII to be his mistresses. The novel details the rivalry between the sisters as they take their turns enticing the king. The story is narrated by Mary from the age of 13 in 1521 to age 28 in 1536. At times, this choice of narrator works, but Mary is not present for many of the more dramatic events in Henry's life, so everything feels like a second-hand account. The first part, where Mary is the King's mistress and has his children moves along well and is entertaining. The end, where Mary does her best to help her sister when Anne's marriage is coming undone, is well-written and suspenseful. The middle, however, lasts for several years and very little happens during this long phase where Henry tries to find a way to annul his marriage to Katherine so he can marry Anne. At times, Mary's narration seems a bit too much like a history teacher, but this happens rarely. Mary-as-narrator really doesn't have the insight to describe the inner lives of the other characters, and this makes them appear less complex than they should be. In terms of historical accuracy about the relationships of Mary, Anne, and Henry, many experts apparently disagree with many of the novel's plot points. I won't detail the arguments here, but readers should keep in mind this is a work of fiction, not history. This is a decent page-turner about a fascinating period in English history. The plot may be historically inaccurate, but the general background feels authentic and the writing pulls you along.

May 07, 2013
  • JCLLeslieG rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

This novel is an interesting retelling of the love story between Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. Instead of being told in the perspective of either Anne or Henry, Philippa Gregory decides to tell the story through the eyes of Anne’s younger sister, Mary. The book begins innocently, displaying both affection and rivalry between the Boleyn siblings, and progressively becomes darker and more sinister. It is a beautiful Historical Fiction piece, and spurred me to read other Historical books about the reign of King Henry VIII and then his daughter, Queen Elizabeth.

Jul 28, 2012

loved this book but do u guys know of any other books about king henry the 8th and anne boleyn?????

Sep 10, 2011

December 2004

Apr 08, 2011
  • beccaelf rated this: 5 stars out of 5.

Really enjoyable. I know it's probably nowhere near accurate, but that's why they call it historical FICTION. Couldn't put it down.

Please do not waste your time with the movie. I can understand cutting some parts out (it is a long book); but there are some parts that they change completely.

Nov 18, 2010

Very Powerful book! Phillipa Gregory never fails to impress!

Jun 10, 2010
  • unreg_72250911 rated this: 4 stars out of 5.

The movie was well done. The costumes were amazing.

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Jun 23, 2008

Another story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn, told from a different point of view. Much scheming and politiking


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