I spent a delightful weekend lost in 15th century England at King Henry VIII’s court with The Other Boleyn Girl by Phillipa Gregory. Filled with political intrigue, sibling rivalry, historical every-day life detail, and romance, this is a story you won’t be able to put down, even if you think you know how it ends. Gregory tells the tale of the Boleyn sister we don’t often hear about. Mary Boleyn was also a member of the king’s court and had her own part to play in history. This book tells the luxuries as well as the emotional and physical costs of being at court.
There’s only one small glitch in my enjoyment of this book. Her historical accuracy is a bit sketchy. There is huge debate among historians about what really happened to bring about the downfall of King Henry VII’s second wife. The author latches on to some very controversial theories and some details are pretty much made up. I recommend ignoring that the main characters actually existed and read this book for the great story that it is. If you want the truth afterwards, come in and check out Anne Boleyn: the new life of England’s tragic queen , The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn, or The Six Wives of King Henry VIII to get the true scoop.