While I have different thoughts cruising through my head constantly, it is nice to sit down and write a cohesive thought down. I find that I think about so many different things all at one time and it can get really overwhelming. Sometimes I wish there was an on/off switch.
One of the many different things going through my head at the moment is the reign of Henry VIII, more specifically his second wife, Anne Boleyn. If you don’t know, Henry VIII, he was the king of England in the 1500s and had six wives. Two of which he beheaded. Anne was one of the two.
I read The Other Boleyn Girl earlier this month and I enjoyed it immensely. The novel is told through the point of view of Anne’s younger sister, Mary. The Other Boleyn Girl chronicles the life of Mary and her two siblings, Anne and George, as they live and serve in the court of King Henry VIII.
Mary Boleyn is a young, beautiful girl, and she is already married. The story begins when her older sister, Anne, comes back from France as an experienced lady of court (she is only 15 years old herself). Mary has always lived in ambitious Anne’s shadow. Although she has thoughts of jealousy, it doesn’t consume her for she has a light, easy-going personality.
That all changes when King Henry takes a liking to Mary. The extremely lustful king wants to take Mary as his mistress even though she is married to one of his knight’s. The Boleyn family was known for being ruthless and doing anything it takes to get ahead. Mary’s family begins to use her as a pawn to get a higher order in court. Through all of the trickery of the Boleyn family, Mary begins to have feelings towards the King.
After having two of the King’s children, Henry gets tired of Mary. Anne swoops in and does all that she can to be his next lover in order to be crowned Queen of England. Anne and Mary’s sisterly relationship takes a turn for the worse, but the question is, will they still support each other until the end?
The Other Boleyn Girl is a scandalous tale of greed, love, and flaws of character. It is fast-paced and extremely interesting. If you are a fan of historical fiction, the British monarch, or like books with a strong female lead, this is the book for you!
I would also like to give a shout out to my wonderful friend, Alycia, with whom I have been friends with for 12 years. Happy birthday, beautiful girl! I wish you a year filled with love, happiness, and many blessings.
Questions for You
- Does it ever seem like you have a million thoughts at once?
- What do you know about Anne Boleyn?
- What have you been thinking about lately?