This was probably everyone’s favorite book in Philippa Gregory’s Tudor Series; which is probably why it was made into a movie; but the movie was mediocre compared to the book. I devoured all of Gregory’s Tudor books and this one was no exception. Admittedly, I’m a total Elizabethan History junkie. I actually studied for a semester abroad at Cambridge in … you guessed it … Elizabethan History. As for the book, it’s a compelling story 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.
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