If you love historical fiction is much as I do and royalty, courts, Henry VIII and his wives and lovers is your cup of tea, you must read this book.
Written in 2001, it explores the Boleyn, the sister and mistress of Henry VIII that was less known, Mary. Part of an ambitious family, Mary was forced into the court and shortly thereafter the bed of the King because her family played each member like a pawn in a game. She or any young girl had little say as to what became of her at that time in history and if their family wished to rise and status she did what she is told. No problem, because girls were of little importance at that time. They were of no consequence and could be moved, married or disposed of with little bother.
The Phillipa Gregory has brought this tale to life because of all the research she has done for her books. I recently reviewed her nonfiction on somewhat the same subject and she is a scholar who is credible in all she writes. She did an interview investigation in order to bring this is compelling to her readers and make it such an enjoyable story.
I recommend this book as an eye-opener as to the role women played in their families who wished to get ahead. I recommend this book for the sheer number of facts about King Henry’s court, the over-the-top lavish lifestyle, the decadence that was barely hidden and the role each person had to play in the intrigue and the court for just enabling this childish, selfish, lustful King to get his way.
I recommend this author since she is so authoritative and still can write a book of fiction that is enjoyable while almost being read like a nonfiction work.