The book excellently potrays the famous era in England history during the reign of Henry VIII. The King desperately tries to figure out why he still not be given a son as his heir, up to the stage he questions the validity of his marriage with his late brother's wife. During the process of dissolving his marriage with Katherine, The Queen of England at the time,the handsome young King blindly get influenced by a refreshing young woman, Mary Boleyn.This is a huge plan set up by relatives of the great aristocratic families in the court in order to gain the King's attention.
Mary joyfully entertain the King's attention and fulfill his pleasure. Even she is already married, she is sexually inexperienced young girl when she begins her affair with the king. She slowly has fallen in love with the handsome King. But her joy is not long after the King's interest is turned to her rivalry sister, Anne Boleyn. She is certainly complex: highly intelligent, fluently bilingual, politically astute, artistically gifted.
The plot of the Boleyn family also changed. Mary is ordered to pass the King to Anne, even though she had given the King two kids. After the plot has changed, Mary still remains as a trusted servant to the family and also to Queen Katherine. Along with her brother, George, they were asked to support Anne's mission in becoming the next Queen of England.
Anne later confronts with lots of emotion instability. Of course,the King cannot marry her before court decides the validity of his marriage with Kathrine.King Henry tries his best to make Anne happy, showers her presents and luxuries.Anne tries many tricks to thrown Katherine down. She poisons Queen Katherine's confessor, Bishop Fisher because she feels they are plotting to speak against her and what she fears most, the people will listen to them.
While Katherine is writing appeals to the Pope,Henry passes a law that English disputes can only be tried in English courts,with no legal appeal to Rome.Mary now cynically views English justice as Henry's whim, the church as Henry's treasury, nd the Privy Council as Henry and Anne's favorites. Katherine's existence is not acknowledged in the court.
Anne purposely mad at Henry of silly things and slowly tries to get whatever Katherine has with her. Still, the tricks made her more irritable than ever. The King talks to Mary about Anne. Henry asked her to tell Anne that he was much grieved to cause her pain, and he will do everything for her.Mary assures her that all the fuss purposely made by Anne to show how much she loves him.
Strangely, Anne, the so-called lucky and favoured Boleyn girl, lay sick with fear on her spinster bed, while the Other Boleyn Girl, Mary, is back to her first place husband, William Carey.Delightfully Mary spends lots of her time with William Carey, until he died.
For five long years Anne seduces and challenges Henry, until she herself is crowned Queen,only after Queen Katherine is thrown down.
However, being the Queen of England does not make her happy as her imagined it would be. The faithful Mary remains at her sister's side,forced to watch Anne's increasing emotional instability. Eventually, Henry tires of Anne's insufferable temper and constant demands, his attention captured by the seemingly docile and self-effacing behavior of a simpering Jane Seymour. Anne must live with the precedent she has established, swept aside by the King in his desperate pursuit of another fertile woman to provide his male progeny. Ironically, Mary is happy; she goes back and forth from the country, Heaver to meet her children and also being with her new lover. That causes Anne envious because her sister is finding love while she is in the greatest court in Europe, frightened and unhappy.
After she labors a baby girl, Anne slowly being separated from the family. She attends a Howard family gathering without being invited. She is no longer the king's favorite, nor the family's favorite. She announces that she will not tolerate the plot to find Henry another girl when she is pregnant for another child, a failure pregnancy indeed.
Desperate to give the King an heir,Anne willingfully commits incest with her married brother, George. She is accused of committing incest after her several failure pregnancies. Even though this book depicts George Boleyn as being homosexual, in love with Francis Weston, but he is sexually attracted to his sister Anne and willing to commit incest with her.
Anne was charged and found guilty of incest with her brother. George's wife gives evidence against them both, since he does not satisfy her sexual needs.
It is understood that Henry has gone mad.He makes wild assumptions and many more people from the court have been arrested and convicted. Mary tries her best to save her sister and brother. The King, who is fully turns to another woman, warns Mary not to defend her sister because she also might be convicted and loses her chance to be with her children. Afraid of the threat, she chooses not to attend the trial.
After Anne and George were sentenced to death, Jane Seymour had made preparations for the wedding. Without an inch of envious, Mary realizes that being a Queen has no much joy, after she had seen two suffering queens. Mary then lives faraway from the court, with her beloved husband William and children.