|Other Boleyn Girl, the (2002) [Novel]|
by Philippa Gregory
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In 1533, Anne Boleyn married Henry VIII, King of England; he had set aside his first wife for failing to have sons. Anne, too, had no sons, and Henry had her beheaded in 1536.
But Mary Boleyn was there first.
When Anne returns from several years at the French court, their frantically social-climbing family decides that the two Boleyn girls are destined for greatness. Sure enough, it is not long before Mary has caught Henry's eye, and she is practically dumped into his bed, against her protests. But just as Mary has gotten used to her privileged position, the king's attention turns elsewhere, and Mary must step aside and let her sister take her place.
We watch ruthless Anne's climb through the eyes of her sister, an anchor among the chaos of the ambitions of every courtier. Anne takes center stage in Mary's own story, but in the end, it is a much more mature but still fundamentally innocent Mary who gains the most.
Original title: The Other Boleyn Girl
Genre: Fiction→ Historical→ The "royals"
Fiction→ Historical→ European→ British Isles→ England