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... The Story Mary Boleyn is in her teens, and in the style of the day has already been married off when she catches the attention of a married man, who is becoming disillusioned with his ageing, barren wife and frustrated by her inability to give him an heir. Did I happen to mention the ... Read review
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Everyone knows the fate of Anne Boleyn, but not many know the story of her rise to majesty ... more

and the part played by her rival and sister, Mary,
who was Henry's mistress and mother to two of his
bastard children before the dazzling older Boleyn
girl even caught his eye. Philippa Gregory, whose
own role as the Queen of historical romance grows
more secure with each new novel, has surpassed her
self with this epic tale of lust, jealousy and
betrayal. The Other Boleyn Girl charts the lives
of both Boleyns--each in their turn "the other
Boleyn Girl"--and their fiercely ambitious,
conniving family who used the girls as pawns to
advance their own positions at the court of Henry
VIII. At 13, Mary is little more than a child when
she is presented to Henry, ordered by her scheming
family to serve her King and country by opening
her legs whenever commanded, or doing anything
else the great monarch desires. And while his
loins are satisfied, life at court is sweet for
the unofficial Queen and her pushy coterie.
Inevitably though, the King's eyes soon begin to
wander and Mary is overlooked, helpless to do
anything but aid her family's plot to advance
their fortunes, replace her with Anne and give
Henry the greatest gift of all: a son and heir. So
good a job has Ms Gregory done at portraying the
Boleyns and Howards as selfish, scheming,
treacherous manipulators however, that it becomes
increasingly hard to feel empathy for any of them.
While Mary is merely hapless, Anne is the most
ruthless of them all, so that instead of feeling
cheated by knowing the outcome of her story, it
only serves to help digest her unpalatable rise.
Such a gruesome destiny was never more deserved.
Ms Gregory has worked hard at researching her
historical references. Daily life at court is
described in fascinating detail--from the
relentless leisure pursuits, masques and banquets
laid on for the easily bored King to the complex
hierarchies and machinations of the courtiers.
However, the fall of Queen Katherine of Aragon and
her only child, the Princess Mary, and the
politics of the competing European courts and the
break with Rome are seen only as a backdrop to the
bawdy goings-on of the Boleyns and their fateful
race for the crown. --Carey Green

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Philippa Gregory 8 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £58.92 (Meridon, The Favoured Child, The Queens Fool, Wideacre, Earthly Joys (UK PROOF), The Constant Princess, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Other Boleyn Girl) - Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory 8 Books Collection Pack Set RRP: £58.92 (Meridon, The Favoured Child, The Queens Fool, Wideacre, Earthly Joys (UK PROOF), The Constant Princess, The Boleyn Inheritance, The Other Boleyn Girl) - Philippa Gregory

Title In This Collection:- Meridon The Favoured Child The Queens Fool Wideacre virgin ... more

lover The Constant Princess The Boleyn Inheritance
The Other Boleyn GirlThe Constant Princess
Splendid and sumptuous historical novel from the
internationally bestselling author, Philippa
Gregory, telling of the early life of Katherine of
Aragon.  We think of Katherine of Aragon as the
barren wife of a notorious king; but behind this
legacy lies a fascinating story.  Katherine of
Aragon is born Catalina, the Spanish Infanta, to
parents who are both rulers and warriors. Aged
four, she is betrothed to Arthur, Prince of Wales,
and is raised to be Queen of England. She is never
in doubt The Boleyn Inheritance From the
bestselling author of 'The Other Boleyn Girl',
Philippa Gregory, comes a wonderfully atmospheric
evocation of the court of Henry VIII and his final
queens.  The year is 1539 and the court of Henry
VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the
ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle
for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and
the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won
by Anne of Cleves.  She has her own good reasons
for agreeing to marry a man old enough to beThe
Other Boleyn Girl Fabulous historical by No.1
bestseller Philippa Gregory, the queen of Tudor
novels.  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 tThe
Queens Fool A stunning novel set in the Tudor
court, from the Sunday Times No.1 bestseller
Philippa Gregory.  The rivalry between Queen Mary
and her

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Philippa Gregory books: 4 books (Earthly Joys / Virgin Earth / The Other Boleyn Girl / The Boleyn Inheritance rrp) - Philippa Gregory

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"...enough of. Having already read the Queens Fool, set in the time of Edwards reign, lets step back in time slightly to when Eddies father was head bigwig, and just beginning his famous reign as the Elizabeth Taylor of Tudor times. This is the other Boleyn Girl, the story of Anne Boleyn (who lost her head over the king) told from the point of view of her sister Mary. The Story Mary Boleyn is in her teens, and in the style of the day has already ..." Read review
29.01.2005

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Heaving Breasts and corsets.... Review with images

AdvantagesA cant put down book

Disadvantagesnot all fact based

"...is a rare moment. The moment I picked up this book I was hooked. I was taken into the world of Henry VIII and whisked into the life of Mary Boleyn. Phillippa Gregory's novel tells a tale of deceit, lust, adultery, and secrets and above all love. So what am I talking about? Well it is whom I am talking about really. Mary Boleyn was the younger sister of the famous Queen of England, Anne Boleyn who married Henry VIII after he had his marriage ..." Read review
26.03.2004

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Anne Boleyn gets a hatchet job

AdvantagesMight be a good intro to Tudor history if taken with a kilo of salt

DisadvantagesPoorly written, vulgar and inaccurate fiction

"...but which bring to life the era and the personalities vividly. I did not expect the definitive biography of Anne and Mary Boleyn by any stretch of the imagination. What I did expect though was at least an attempt at treating the characters with a modicum of respect and remaining true as far as possible to what we know about them, as well as a gripping and enjoyable story. TOBG provided neither. This author claims to be a "feminist historian." From ..." Read review
01.09.2008

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The "other" Boleyn girl

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"*NB* Apologies on the lack of originality with the title, but it's true. We've all heard of Anne, mother of Elizabeth I, seducer of Henry VIII, first wife to lose her head, he broke from Rome to be with her and founded the C of E...and so on and so forth. But Anne had a sister. Her name was Mary, and although at one point in time she was important, she soon became the "other" Boleyn girl. Hence, the title of the book and of my review. I recently ..." Read review
20.08.2004

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Mary, Mary Quite Contrary

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DisadvantagesLittle bits that add up.

"The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory is one of the most talked about novels inspired by The Tudor Dynasty. I can see why The Tudors are so interesting and I've seen so much stuff based on them. I think that Anne Boleyn is considered to be the most popular of Henry's wives because all the trouble Henry went to to marry her, and to get rid of her. The Other Boleyn Girl is written in the point of view of Anne's sister, Mary. In the back of my copy ..." Read review
10.12.2012

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New official film tie-in edtion of this magnificent tale of rivalry and jealousy set in the volatile court of King Henry VIII. The Boleyn family is keen to rise through the ranks of society, and what better way 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 altered. 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 pleasing the king. Now this bestselling novel is brought to life as a major film, starring Scarlett Johansson and Natalie Portman as the Boleyn sisters and Eric Bana as Henry VIII. The cast also features Kristin Scott Thomas and Mark Rylance. Directed by highly acclaimed Justin Chadwick (BAFTA and Emmy nominated for 'Bleak House') with screenplay by Peter Morgan (Oscar nominated for 'The Queen'; BAFTA winner for 'The Last King of Scotland'), the film will generate massive interest, coverage and book sales. From the PublisherFrom the author PHILIPA GREGORY I knew I wanted to write a novel set in the Tudor period and I was reading around in various history books when I came across a reference to Henry VIII launching a ship called the Mary Boleyn. I first thought the author must have made a mistake, I knew of the ship the Mary Rose, of course, and I knew the name Anne Boleyn, but I had not remembered her sister Mary, and I could not think why a girl from a relatively minor family at court should be so honoured. I started a programme of research which slowly pieced together one of the most compelling and complicated stories of love and betrayal, sex and family. Mary Boleyn was the youngest daughter of the Boleyn family, her older sister was Anne and her brother was the family's only son and heir. The Boleyns, like all the Tudor families were making their way upward in the world by the King's patronage and favour. Therefore their son was groomed to be his friend and was one of the young King's companions at court. When Mary was 14 years old she was brought to court as lady in waiting to Katherine of Aragon, and married to another of the King's friends, William Stafford. However she soon took the eye of the King and became his mistress. Her sister Anne joined her at court, and the entire family managed and encouraged Mary's relationship with the King which immediately brought them grants of lands, wealth, and position. Mary had two children by the King, the first a girl she named Catherine, and the second the son and heir that Henry would want so desperately later in life. They called him Henry and he took the surname of Mary's husband Stafford. However, while Mary was in the long six weeks of childbed it was always the King's habit to take another mistress and this time he took a liking to Anne. Unlike her sister, and unlike any woman before, Anne refused to become his mistress but retained his interest. For an unbelievable six long years Anne kept the most powerful man in England in love with her but did not become his lover. As we all know, she thus forced him to propose marriage, to put aside a faultless and loyal Queen, to destroy the unity of the Roman Catholic Church, and to make a martyr of one of England's greatest philosophers: Sir Thomas More. In my novel I show the Boleyns supporting Anne through this long waiting period and Mary, once the informal Queen of the court pushed back into the role of Anne's lady in waiting. In my novel Mary and George come to serve their sister and tolerate her bad moods and sweeten her as best they can while the King is slowly more and more entrapped. Mary's own life changes. She has two children to bring up and her husband dies of sweating fever. She falls in love, simply and without calculation, with a poor man in her uncle's service. She becomes his wife in secret, against all common sense and worldly ambition, and it is this passion of hers which really gave me a key to her character. She must have been a woman of extraordinary determination and desire, to turn her back on her family's ambition and pride and marry instead for love. Of all the letters she must have written in her life, by luck, the only one we have is her defending her decision to the king's Secretary Cromwell. She writes: "Well might I have had a greater man of birth and higher, but I ensure you I could never have had one that should a loved me so well nor a more honest man." (and in a powerful dig at her sister) "I had rather beg my bread with him than be the greatest Queen crowned." Extraordinarily, though the Anne Boleyn story ends in accusations of witchcraft, incest, treason and execution for Anne and for her brother George who was accused of incest with her, Mary's story ends happily and the girl who married for love inherits the entire Boleyn fortune and goes on to be a beloved wife and a great landowner whose children would be powerful politicians and courtiers at the court of their cousin, another unlikely lucky girl - Elizabeth. When i first came across the story of Mary it was in footnotes and asides in history books. Historians knew of her, but no-one had considered what a remarkable woman she must have been and what an extraordinary life she led. I remember keeping her very much to myself, absolutely determined not to talk of her before I had the full story and was able to write a novel to do her justice. Her story is an absolute gift to an historical novelist and I am still incredibly thankful to have found it and to have had a chance to look back through time and get an idea of a woman who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe, and made her own way.

Product details

Type Fiction
Genre Historical Fiction
Title The Other Boleyn Girl
Author Philippa Gregory
ISBN 0002259842; 0006514006; 0007262809; 0743269837; 0965479528; 1416560602

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