‘The Other Boleyn Girl’

(book review)

Probably, one of the most famous love stories in history is a story of the King Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. The passionate romance that changed English history is covered in legends and myths. Some people believe they genuinely loved each other, and some believe Anne simply manipulated the king of England to get a throne… Philippa Gregory in her book, ‘The Other Boleyn Girl,’ tells her vision of this story…

Long before obsessing over witty and charismatic Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII laid his eyes on her sister Mary, sweet and innocent girl of fourteen, from whose point of view the story is told. Mary fell in love with the king and the luxury of being his mistress, but moreover — the possibility of becoming his new queen. However, a cruel reality of the court life quickly disappointed the girl. The more she got involved with the king, the more she understood — she’s just a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots. And when the time came, she was forced to step aside and let her sister, Anne Boleyn, shine on the royal stage.

You’ll be my lady in waiting,” Anne said sweetly. “You’ll be the other Boleyn girl.”

An exciting and rich historical fiction novel by Philippa Gregory may not be historically accurate, but it definitely illustrates all the lust and ambitions, intrigues and competition of the royal court of the Tudor era. Most importantly, it shows a tragedy of women of a royal England— being absolutely controlled by men and wealth, and sacrificing their happiness for ambitions and success.

My rating in stars: ★★★★★ (5/5)

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