The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory

78%

13 Critic Reviews

While it’s more history than romance, the story of Anne Boleyn’s sister (the first Boleyn girl in Henry’s bed) is definitely fascinating...The book presents some interesting “what ifs” and “perhaps” in telling Mary’s story.
-Dear Author

Synopsis

The #1 New York Times bestseller from “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) Philippa Gregory is a rich, compelling novel of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue surrounding the Tudor court of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, and the infamous Boleyn family.

When Mary Boleyn comes to court as an innocent girl of fourteen, she catches the eye of the handsome and charming Henry VIII. Dazzled by the king, Mary falls in love with both her golden prince and her growing role as unofficial queen. However, she soon realizes just how much she is a pawn in her family’s ambitious plots as the king’s interest begins to wane, and soon she is forced to step aside for her best friend and rival: her sister, Anne. With her own destiny suddenly unknown, Mary realizes that she must defy her family and take fate into her own hands.

With more than one million copies in print and adapted for the big screen, The Other Boleyn Girl is a riveting historical drama. It brings to light a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe, and survived a treacherous political landscape by following her heart.
 

About Philippa Gregory

See more books from this Author
Philippa Gregory is the author of several bestselling novels, including The Other Boleyn Girl, and is a recognized authority on women’s history. She studied history at the University of Sussex and received a PhD from the University of Edinburgh. She welcomes visitors to her website, PhilippaGregory.com.
 
Published November 9, 2004 by Touchstone. 672 pages
Genres: History, Romance, Literature & Fiction. Fiction
Add Critic Review

Critic reviews for The Other Boleyn Girl
All: 13 | Positive: 11 | Negative: 2

Publishers Weekly

Excellent
on Feb 04 2015

Sisterly rivalry is the basis of this fresh, wonderfully vivid retelling of the story of Anne Boleyn. Anne, her sister Mary and their brother George are all brought to the king's court at a young age...Rather than settling for a picturesque rendering of court life, Gregory conveys its claustrophobic, all-consuming nature with consummate skill.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl | See more reviews from Publishers Weekly

Dear Author

Good
Reviewed by Jayne on Nov 15 2007

While it’s more history than romance, the story of Anne Boleyn’s sister (the first Boleyn girl in Henry’s bed) is definitely fascinating...The book presents some interesting “what ifs” and “perhaps” in telling Mary’s story.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl | See more reviews from Dear Author

Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Crystal McNeal on Sep 09 2010

Although Gregory’s facts are very much skewered in this novel, it is still interesting to see the background she gives to the story.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Julianne Draper on Nov 30 2009

To put it nicely—the story of the “Other Boylen Girl” is a bit of romantic fiction, while the history of it is . . . well, not exactly what I’d call accurate. All in all. . . well, it was an ok book, I suppose. Did I like it, personally? Not particularly:

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

Examiner

Above average
Reviewed by Kayla Posney on Oct 31 2009

Philippa Gregory is an excellent writer...but her portrayals of Anne Boleyn and Mary Boleyn, and the historical content are a bit perplexing at times. If you enjoy a scandalous and drama filled historical piece then try this book, but if you are looking for more historical basis in your Tudor novels then look elsehwere.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

Open Letters Monthly

Good
Reviewed by Steve Donoghue on Feb 08 2010

A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe...The Other Boleyn Girl is above all a quite fantastic read.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

AuthorsDen

Above average
on Feb 04 2015

A rich and compelling tale of love, sex, ambition, and intrigue, The Other Boleyn Girl introduces a woman of extraordinary determination and desire who lived at the heart of the most exciting and glamorous court in Europe and survived by following her own heart.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

The Copperfield Review

Good
Reviewed by Marian Kensler on May 09 2012

...this book is well worth picking up. It has a good sense of time and place, despite the weak narrator, and if the incest, love affairs, and secret homosexual rings are perhaps a little too operatic to be all believable at once, they still make for a story which is hard to put down.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

Teen Ink

Good
Reviewed by Bapalapa2 on Feb 20 2015

Philippa Gregory's descriptions of places and characters are vibrant and vivid. She portrays historical events through the eyes of characters who are fallible and human...The Other Boleyn Girl is an excellent novel that takes the reader on a wonderful adventure of hope, rivalry, deceit, regret, and love.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

EzineArticles

Good
Reviewed by Elizabeth Carr on Feb 01 2009

Gregory paints an intriguing story of love, jealousy and betrayal by weaving facts and fiction. It is a timeless story...The Other Boleyn Girl was very well written. It held my interest and I recommend it to anyone interested in this subject.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

Literate Housewife

Above average
Reviewed by Jennifer on Mar 12 2007

When I picked up this book to begin reading, I thought I would never finish it...I couldn’t bear to put it down. It was an interesting and fast paced book. It was not at all what I had expected...Knowing what ultimately happened to Anne did not in any way affect the enjoyment of this book. If anything, it enhanced it.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

A Novel Menagerie

Excellent
on Oct 12 2009

For those of you who have never read this book… READ IT...as I read it, I was continually intrigued to learn about what happened next. This was partially due to the fact that I knew that this book was based on real people...I honestly had a hard time putting this book down!

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

Historical Tapestry

Above average
Reviewed by Alex on Jul 20 2010

Even knowing the flaws, the historical inaccuracies and trying to keep this as a light read, I just couldn’t stomach this one without some frustration. The last time I read this book, Gregory’s writing style made up for the less pleasant parts. This time around, I was simply exasperated by this over the top drama.

Read Full Review of The Other Boleyn Girl

Reader Rating for The Other Boleyn Girl
85%

An aggregated and normalized score based on 1863 user ratings from iDreamBooks & iTunes


Rate this book!

Add Review
×