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Lindsey said:
I really enjoyed this book. it tells a great sotry behind the scenes of the boleyns lives and what they went through and all that they did to get the corwn. a few things is a long book, and I would say its for 16 . it is an adult book for a reason.
posted Apr 14, 2006
Avatar for MeganBe MeganBe said:
I loved this book, because of it I read the next few but I felt this was by far the best of the lot. It was was nice to see the story brought to life, and even better seeing Natalie Portman play the
posted Jul 7, 2008 at 11:16AM
mlschmidt said:
A great fiction book about Anne and Mary Boleyn while trying to compete for Henry VIII. I LOVED this book before the movie even came out. It is so much better than the movie!
posted Dec 21, 2008 at 11:40PM
Avatar for Ryner Ryner said:
When Mary Boleyn, whose entire family are courtiers in the court of Henry VIII, catches the king’s eye while in her mid-teens, her uncle sees an opportunity to advance the family fortunes. Thus far, the king has not produced a male heir for England via his wife Catherine. Having no choice in the matter, Mary acquiesces and becomes the king’s lover, ultimately bearing him two children. However, while she is recovering from the birth of her second child, her family suddenly turns its focus to her sister Anne, upon whom the king’s eye has newly fallen. Mary’s fate is largely forgotten as all eyes are on Anne Boleyn. If she could convince the king to abandon his wife and marry her, how the family fortunes would rise!

I’ve enjoyed most of Philippa Gregory’s works as her storytelling makes it difficult to put the books down. This is especially true of this book. Despite unproven and possibly fanciful conjectures by the author, the story is fascinating and great for an escapist experience.
posted Jan 27, 2010 at 9:03PM
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Anne's sister; came to court when she was 14; fell in love with King Henry VIII; was his mistress for several years and gave him a daughter and a son.

Ann Boleyn
Mary's sister; became King Henry VIII's adviser and confidant; displaced Mary as his lover; determined to rid him of his wife and be queen.

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