Friday, July 28, 2006

More historical fiction

Well I finished The Other Boleyn Girl, and WOW is the word that comes to mind. It only took me three days to get through it- it was just that good. Even for those that don't have a strong interest in European history, this book is well worth your time. Excellent representation of facts, packaged into the juiciest of novels- complete with passion, intrigue, treason, and power obsessed courtiers during King Henry VIII's reign. After reading this one, I am eagerly awaiting its prequel, The Constant Princess, to arrive at my local library. In contrast to Philippa Gregory's depiction of Anne Boleyn, Katherine of Aragon was a lady of grace, sophistication, and loyalty. What was Henry thinking when he got rid of her for Anne??

After a very looong week of work, I'll be cracking open Diana Gabaldon's Outlander tonight at the suggestion of a friend. Seems to follow in the same vein as The Other Boleyn Girl in that it is another work of historical fiction. Hmmm...that seems to be my genre of interest lately.

Although I haven't come across any yet that have surpassed The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follet. Now that is a must read if there ever was one! Who knew cathedral building could be so interesting?


Anonymous said...

Hi. Thanks for linking to me--I will be linking back! :) I have the Gregory book on my TBR pile--glad to hear it is so good. I love historical novels (among others). Have you read any of her other books? I have been in a bit of a Elizabeth I mood, so am interested to hear how The Virgin's Lover is.

Marg said...

The first Philippa Gregory novel I read was The Queen's Fool, and I rapidly acquired and read all her Tudor books. Can't wait for the next one!

Marg said...

Oh, and I meant to say that I have had Pillars of the Earth on my TBR list of these days I will get to it!