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This is an absolutely cracking read, gripping from the very start. Gregory creates an intriguing story that's historically true and she mixes fact with fiction seemlessly that you find the whole story completely believable. Anne Boleyn's sister led an extraordinary life at the heart of one of the most exciting and glamorous courts in Europe and yet until I read this book had never in fact heard of her. A very impressive historical family drama full of love and betrayal that is also a romping good read.
Dazzled by the golden prince, Mary's joy is cut short when she discovers she is a pawn in the dynastic plots of her family. When the capricious king's interest wanes, Mary is ordered to pass on her knowledge of how to please him to her friend and rival: her sister, Anne.
Anne soon becomes irresistible to Henry, and Mary can do nothing but watch her sister's rise. Anne stops at nothing to achieve her own ambition. From now on, Mary will be no more than the other Boleyn girl. But beyond the court is a man who dares to challenge the power of her family to offer Mary a life of freedom and passion. If only she has the courage to break away – before the Boleyn enemies turn on the Boleyn girls…
"This compulsively readable novel is a wonderful account of the Tudor court. This is the finest historical novel of this year" Daily Mail
"The very believable dialogue and detail take you all the way into the claustrophobic privy chambers of the royal palaces" The Times
Publication date: 07/10/2002
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Paperback (b Format)
|Publication date:||7th October 2002|
|Format:||Paperback (b Format)|
|Genres:||eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,|
|Categories:||Modern & contemporary fiction (post c 1945),|
Philippa Gregory was our Guest Editor in October 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the international bestseller The Other Boleyn Girl, which became a major film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. Several books later, she is looking at the family that precedes The Tudors in the The Cousins' War series, which was televised by the BBC as The White Queen. Philippa's other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty ...More About Philippa Gregory