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  • Jul 1, 2010

I could not put this book down! It had every aspect of a great read. It was disturbing, interesting, sweet, backbiting, and encompasses all of that with a bit of truth.

The story of Anne Boleyn isn't completely accurate, but there's a lot in the history that is still unknown. The main points were fairly on track. I owned this book for months without picking it up and then the day I did I read the entire thing almost continuously. When not reading, it captured my mind and imagination and was a common topic of conversation.

Another plus is that after reading the book I actually did a lot of research on the Boleyns and King Henry. They were all mostly a deceitful crowd, but made drastic changes in English history. All-in-all, they were a fascinating bunch. A book that captures you in this way and draws you to continue research even after can't possibly get raided lower than a 5.

It also had amazing detail. Some books add detail and bore you, others add no detail in order to keep your attention. This one accomplished lots of detail and keeping consistent attention.


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September 04, 2011
Perfect for English literature enthusiasts !
July 02, 2010
Adrianna, I haven't read any others by her, but wanted to. Now I'm more unsure. Have you read any others besides Constant Princess? Devora, the movie is good if you see it before reading the book. I read the book first and ended up disappointed with changes and things left out, but the book is so long it would have been a 5 hour movie had they left everything. But the movie is great before reading it. CPW1952, you should go read it! It's so long that it's hard to want to pick up, but then you can't put it down!
June 10, 2011
Hey Brittney!

Sorry I took so long to respond to this comment. I didn't get a reply notification because you posted it as a new comment.

No, I haven't read one since The Constant Princess. Not sure why. This is the one I've heard the most praise for. I did enjoy the film, so I imagine the book will be 10x better.

I'll let @ and @ know that you left a reply here in case they wanted to comment further.

Did you end up reading another one of her reads? What have you been reading as of lately? Feel free to reply at the bottom of this comment that I'm writing. That way, Lunch.com will let me know that you've responded with an email notification. :)
July 01, 2010
Nice review. I've got this one as well sitting on my shelf waiting for me. I should try to find space on my calendar to get around to it.
July 01, 2010
Great review, Brittney! I'll have to check it out. Heard the movie was great, too.
July 01, 2010
Have you read her "Constant Princess?" I didn't like it at all! I wrote a review of it here if you want to read it: http://www.lunch.com/cafelibri/reviews/UserR...incess_by_Philippa.html
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review by . July 22, 2010
   This was the first book of Phillipa Gregory's that I read, and it lead to my enthusiastic enjoyment of her others. This book, while following the known historical facts of the Boleyn women, illustrates the emotion and personalities associated with the schemes and betrayals everyone was involved in the Boleyns' and King Henry VII's lives.  The book is well written and captivates the reader's attention immediately. If you have not yet experienced Gregory's work, …
review by . July 12, 2010
I love this book because it gives you the scoop on the Henry VIII situation that is so famous, but also gives you a perspective on the Bolelyn family and the female perspective of that era.  It is perfect for those interested in history, but who fall asleep reading history books.  It also "colors" the history so that there is more drama and plot than history books. 
Quick Tip by . August 11, 2010
i only read the book once and if i remember right it was pretty good, and the movie was pretty entertaining.
Quick Tip by . June 15, 2010
An exciting look at English court life and the machinations employed by those closest to the throne to expand their wealth and power.
Quick Tip by . July 13, 2010
This is a good historical rendition of one of Henry's VIIIs tragic wives.
Quick Tip by . July 11, 2010
A fascinating look at Anne Boleyn, a woman at the crossroads of significant changes in Western society.
Quick Tip by . July 10, 2010
I am a huge fan of historical fiction, and definitely a sucker for the real-life soap opera that was the Tudor family, and although I am sure that The Other Boleyn Girl is not the most strictly historical source for information on Anne Boleyn it is certainly another interesting take on what the personal details that we may never know the truth of may have been.
review by . July 08, 2010
      Phillipa Gregory always writes detailed and entertaining (sex, scandal, love, etc) novels about long-ago english royalty, and "the other boleyn girl" is my favorite. I'm a sucker for this kind of stuff. The books are written in such a way that almost imagine she had read the character's most personal diaries. Though  they are long they go fast, and keep up a good level of suspense.   Set in the time of Henry the 8th, "boleyn girl" …
Quick Tip by . July 08, 2010
Such a great book AND movie. This story can really suck you in and make you feel like you were part of the story. It's intense and keeps you guessing.
Quick Tip by . July 07, 2010
If you have ever been jealous of a sibling, and love romance and revenge, a great read! Also a great movie but books always beat the shows!
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I'm currently a 23 year old nursing student. My hobbies are reading and writing. One of my goals is to get at least one book published. I own 500 books and read every chance I can.
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The daughters of a ruthlessly ambitious family, Mary and Anne Boleyn are sent to the court of Henry VIII to attract the attention of the king, who first takes Mary as his mistress, in which role she bears him an illegitimate son, and then Anne as his wife. Originally in paperback.
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