Aug 1, 2014

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)

The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory
My rating: 3 of 5 stars

Mary Boleyn is forced by her family (Howards) to leave her husband and become the King's mistress. When she becomes pregnant with his child they push Ann to keep his attention from straying to some other girls family. Using her supposed virginity Ann refuses to sleep with a man not her husband and Henry starts looking for a way to be free of Katherine. Mary is forced to continue sleeping with Henry even though he is now chasing after her sister. Eventually Mary is able to end her sexual relationship with the King and she teaches Ann whores tricks to hold him until they can wed.

When the Pope refuses to set aside Henry's marriage to Katherine Henry breaks with the Church and names himself head of the Church of England. Thus giving himself the ability to rule in his own marriage case. He takes Ann as his wife and she gives birth to Elizabeth. But as the years go by she fails to give Henry "a son" and he starts looking elsewhere.

When Katherine (whom many still consider to be his wife) dies he allows Ann to be accused of adultery (with her brother George amongst others) and witchcraft. After Ann and George are put to death, Mary flees to the countryside with her husband and children.

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