En years ago and ven though I liked it I thought well there s no way the book is actually any good O Some people read uptight history nerds with nothing better to do like to get their undies in knots over Philippa Gregory s writing and whine about how she takes too many liberties with history Well guess what She makes it interesting and since her books are classified as fiction I think she can be allowed that Also I consider myself a history nerd Elizabeth I especially when it comes to the Tudors and I think Gregory s books are great The stories surrounding Henry VIII are already really good all Philippa Gregory did was add dialogue and sex scenes that your history teachers pretended never happened I was also very grateful that she didn t attempt to garner sympathy for Anne Boleyn I ve read a couple novels about her where the author attempts to portray her as an innocent victim and it s just sad The woman was a manipulative conniving intelligent confident bitch and The Other Boleyn Girl makes this very clearOther books in Philippa Gregory s Tudor series that I This was one of the first books I read by Philippa Gregory and out of order How could I do that to myself but in thend you can read them out of order assuming you know the Education in a New Society entire list of monarchs in order Informative book If you re a history buff it will line up well and give you some things to dispute You ve probably never heard of The Other Boleyn Girl It s not very popular I think a movie got made out of it but I doubt anyone watched itThose are the kind of lies mistruths and distortions that one person can perpetuate when they don t check their facts or worse intentionally distort the facts But on that later The Other Boleyn Girl is the story of Mary Boleyn the could ve been ueen courtier during King Henry VIII s tumultuous reign Little is known about Mary other than that she was the sister of one of the most well known women in all of history This is a historical fiction writer s DREAM She is a malleable yet important figure orbiting world changingvents A crafty author can do a lot with just such a characterPhilippa Gregory decided to turn her into the tool of the Boleyns Mary is offered up by her parents and pushed ahead like a pawn by her ambitious uncle in the BoleynHoward campaign for power She is assisted by her brother and sister who later set her aside after the king s done with her in order to put Anne on the throne Mary s portrait as painted by Gregory is a sympathetic one indeedDid Gregory charge her palette with true colors It s said that she likes to do historical research Me I like historical fiction that s well researched I don t like it when a writer does a little research latches on to something like an archaic term or whatever and then proceeds to use that thing in their novel like it s going out of bloody style If I Education in a New Society: Renewing the Sociology of Education ever hear the word stomacher again it ll be too damn soon Simply adding the occasional period piece decor and nothing does not make a good read in this genreI doubt that much historical accuracy was attended to in the making of this book There are notable inaccuracies I ll give you one Mary was not the baby of the family as Gregory asserts but rather theldest of the three siblings But we ve got to be honest with ourselves as readers Factual history must sometimes be set aside because that s not what s important in this genre The Other Boleyn Girl isn t a textbook it s a novel It s meant to ntice and titillate Dramatic ffect and setting the mood is important than getting it right Taken for what it is this book The Baby Swap Miracle excels At times it sxciting and tense At times it pulls at the heart There are moments when this is drama at its bestHowever taken as a whole this is not Gregory s best work The occasionally amateurish writing made me think it was her first published work but it s not I read something by her published ten years after this and her writing showed marked improvement the nuggets from her historical research were inserted smoothly and verything felt a good deal tighter This mammoth book on the other hand feels ponderous At one point I thought to myself I bet she wishes she could have a redo on this one but that ain t gonna happen since verybody and their grandma has read it Interesting account of the time how people specially women were treatedeven the ueen s themselvesby their politically ambitious parents and family No one to be trusted by numerous devious characters Excellent book. Esse do rei começa a desvanecer se la vê se forçada a afastar se a dar lugar à sua melhor amiga rival a sua irmã Ana Então Maria sabe ue tem de desafiar a sua família Excommunication: Three Inquiries in Media and Mediation e o seu rei abraçar o seu destino Uma história rica Gender Justice e cativante de amor sexo ambição intri.
I picked this one up at work because I want to see the movie hello Scarlett Johansen and Natalie Portman Yes please and because I know I ll have thousands of people asking me about it like with Atonement which I never read In short this book sucks It s the worst kind of historical fiction light on the history and not fun or well written to make up for it The characters are one dimensional the writing is trite and full of cliches Complete trash but I m not putting it on my Generations and Collective Memory enjoyable trash shelf because it s not particularlynjoyable The worst thing about this book was how blatantly obvious it was that Gregory hates Anne Boleyn Mary may have been the narrator but Anne was without doubt the main character and it is impossible to njoy a book where the author goes all out to make you hate the main character Especially a badly written main character Anyone who has done any literary criticism or any writing will know that good characterisation involves showing not telling We re told how charming and witty Anne is to the King but we re shown her being a bitch and arguing with Mary Anne would have been a much ffective character if she d been written like her brother George the only likeable character in the whole book who IS charming and witty will stab you in the back if it suits him but then admit to it with a disarming honesty If she d been charming but manipulative to From Notes to Narrative everyone including Mary her seduction of the King would have been much plausible but as it was I just couldn t see it Then there s the way Gregory manipulates historical fact in order to make Anne seem worse Anne was clever and wellducated all we got from that was that she spoke French and read a lot but in reality her Guitar Makers: The Endurance of Artisanal Values in North America education and ability to discuss politics and serious issues with Henry was a significant attraction And there was the love affair with Henry Percy Anne admits to her swornnemy that she has slept with her betrothed and he says no you didn t because it isn t politically convenient for you to marry him and later doesn t tell the king ven when he s in a precarious political position because of Anne WTF plotholeNext we have the incest and the witchcraft both of which Gregory paints as true No seriously As far as incest goes well who the hell would sleep with their own brother Apart from the fact that it s generally acknowledged that it was just a means of getting rid of them As for witchcraft well she was a devout Christian and again it s generally thought to be a convenient pretext The whole nmity between sisters thing is a creation which would be fair Hard Bread (Phoenix Poets (Paper)) enough poetic license dramatic tensiontc tc Except Mary hates Anne and yet she s always doing what she s told helping Anne out blah blah She ll occasionally say that of course she loves her she s her sister but we re told far often and with far vehemence how much she hates her and all we re shown is the fights and the vindictiveness Again this is mostly because Gregory hates Anne She seems to like Mary although if the real Mary was anything like the characterisation then I can t see why Gregory s Mary is insipid whiny and spineless and pretty much irritates the hell out of me And then we get the whole wanting to marry for love and not power as a feminist statement thing that Gregory does with Mary while we are told Anne who had power and intelligence in her own right is a spineless pawn in a man s game of politics She couldn t possibly have been regent of England without her uncle s help we are told This of the woman who split the church dethroned a ueen and was mother to ueen ElizabethIn the Author s note Gregory cites Retha Warnicke s The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn as one of her main sources which according to Wikipedia I know Wikipedia but still is generally considered to be unsubstantiated which xplains some of this She also xpresses admiration for ueen Elizabeth I which I found rather ironic considering she is Anne s daughter and Anne and Elizabeth seem to me to have been very similar in character as well as ability I love anything that has to do with English History and really am kinda fascinated by Henry VIII After reading so many good things on here and lsewhere about this book I was looking forward to it At about 100 pages into it I thought I really was Foraging for Survival enjoying it Too bad the book didn tnd at page 200 Because I hated this book with a passion I don t Fragments even know I got through 25 pages of this book and hadnough I wrote down literall. Duas Irmãs Um Rei apresenta uma mulher com uma determinação Foundations of Tropical Forest Biology: Classic Papers with Commentaries e um desejoxtraordinários ue viveu no coração da corte mais xcitante gloriosa da Europa ue sobreviveu ao seguir o seu próprio coração uando Maria Bolena uma rapariga inocente de catorze anos vai para
Y I had a pen and paper with me after the reading the first page or two so many historical inaccuracies that I thought my head would xplode Then I checked out reviews on and realized the book would get much much worse As strictly a novel this might be a great book and I do hope to pick it up again with the mind set that it is strictly fiction because I might be able to njoy it then But as a book dealing with Mary and Anne and George Boleyn it is awful Why did Philippa Gregory feel the need to use historical figures if she was just going to make up the story I might have njoyed this book if it was two fictional sisters What s frustrating is that people think this book is historically accurate and it doesn t come close I was a history major and I ve read tons of non fiction books about Anne and Henry and the Tudors and I hate it when people uote this book as fact which many many people do By all means if you want to read this book do so because it is wildly popular a lot of my friends love it and I m sorry if you hate this review but PLEASE read a reputable non fiction book about these people as well or at least a better researched novel about themNovember 2010 Update I ve gotten through half this book and stand by what I wrote in 2008 I plan on finishing it but at a later time Disclaimer Don t confuse this book with a biography of Mary Boleyn It s fiction all the way It s a good read when you remember that this is fiction and not a blow by blow account of historical One Ticket To Texas events And because it is fiction Gregory is able to play a little fast and loose with historical fact Mary was most likely the oldest Boleyn child not the youngest as presented here She had also served the French kings court just as Anne did but was sent home in disgrace after tales of her promiscuity got out including the fact that she was probably also that king s mistress She was probably not the young inexperienced girl Gregory chooses to portray her as Gregory also depends heavily on Retha Warnicke s thesis that a homosexual ring surrounded Anne and included her brother George This has been widely discredited by historians since both Anne and George were very religious and George was also a renowned womanizer Otherwise it was a decent book There were parts I thought went a little farspecially with Mary and George teaching Anne whore s tricks to woo the king without actually having sex with him Granted activity like this may have happened but I don t necessarily want to read about it I loved the love story between Mary and William Stafford and would have liked to seen of the relationship between Anne and Henry when they were younger seemingly in love and she was as much a partner and advisor in his affairs as king Helpmate especially in religious thinking and such as any man at court Somehow though this book has tarnished my romanticized concept of courtly behavior It s horrifying to consider that some of the political wrangling and the use of women as temptations mistresses and pawns to rise in society titles and the court probably happened at least to somextent If this was the way life was in those days I would hope that I was a commoner Because being in the court and used as someone s chattel to get what they wanted with no regard for my desires or who I loved would have been awful The thing you must realize about this book is that it is first and foremost a novel A novel based on actual historical Art, Culture, and Cuisine: Ancient and Medieval Gastronomy events yes but still a work of fiction So for those that criticize it for its historical inaccuracy your criticism is misplaced This is not a biography of Mary Boleyn or Anne Boleyn and it doesn t pretend to beI myself am a bit of a Tudor junkie and love reading both fiction and nonfiction about the family and the times and I found this book a delight It had all thelements of a good story sex love violence suspense complicated characters and comic relief My favorite character was George Boleyn due to his wit probably the funniest one in the story Catherine of Aragon I think was the most true to lifeMy only complaints about the story historical inaccuracy aside as I said above that The Other Boleyn Girl was my last read of 2017 and also the biggest surprise This book has been sitting on my shelf for years so long that the spine is actually completely faded from sun damage For whatever reason I just assumed this would be a three star read which is something I like to avoid at all costs I watched the movie on a plane Corte chama a atenção de Henriue VIII Deslumbrada com o rei Maria Bolena apaixona se por le pelo seu papel crescente como rainha não oficial Contudo rapidamente se apercebe de ue não passa de um peão nas jogadas ambiciosas da sua própria família À medida ue o inter.
wwwPhilippaGregorycom become addicted to the updates of historical research as well as the progress of her ducklingsHer other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago; Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wellsA former student of Sussex University and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers and is a regular broadcaster on television radio and webcasts from her website Philipa's Facebook page