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The Other Boleyn Girl

I absolutely love historical fiction, and one of my favorite periods is the Plantagenet and Tudor dynasties. The Other Boleyn Girl is the first of a series of books by Phillippa Gregory. This book is my favorite of the series, but I recommend reading The Lady of the Rivers first. The Other Boleyn Girl is a historical fiction about Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII. But this book is told from the point of view of Mary Boleyn, Anne’s sister. This book launched a series that was also the inspiration for several TV series. 

     Mary comes to court at age 14 and catches handsome Henry’s attention. Mary is dazzled and falls in love. But as Henry’s attention falters, she finds out that her family has other plans to keep Henry entertained. She must step aside for her sister Anne who has grander ambitions. 

     Phillippa Gregory is one of the leading historical fiction writers. She is able to create scenes and scenarios that capture your attention and make history come alive. She can blend history with her own twists and plots. The recommended order of reading is: 

  1. The Lady of the Rivers
  2. The White Queen
  3. The Red Queen
  4. The Kingmaker’s Daughter
  5. The White Princess
  6. The Constant Princess
  7. The Other Boleyn Girl
  8. The Boleyn Inheritance
  9. The Taming of the Queen
  10.  The Queen’s Fool
  11.  The Virgin’s Lover
  12.  The Last Tudor
  13.  The Other Queen