This is only my second outing with Philippa Gregory, and it took me a while to decide that she was worth my time. The Other Boleyn Girl, was, of course, my first and I had mixed feelings about it. On one hand, I though Philippa a beautiful and intelligent writer, on the other, the content and characterisation irritated me. Gregory as often stated that her books follow fact but only fills in the gaps where facts are either unknown, uncertain or speculative. She chooses to fill in these gaps with the most outrageous theories that she can possibly find about these historical figures. It’s a little bit annoying.
I can’t quite forgive the heavy hints she made in The Other Boleyn Girl that Anne Boleyn did commit incest with her brother. That did not make good reading, it made it offensive. Offensive to Anne’s memory and a mockery of all the historian’s that have found that Anne was executed solely on trumped up charges. Only the other day I read on a message board from a reader asking if Boleyn really had sex with her brother. I despair that someone even has to ask that question. Continue reading