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1521. Young Mary Boleyn arrives at court; maid in waiting and favourite to Queen Katherine of Aragon.   

Yet Mary catches the eye of the capricious king and - propelled by the ambitions of the powerful Boleyn family - she betrays her queen, and takes her place as Henry VIII’s new mistress.   

But while Mary is in childbed, a rival comes to court -: her sister Anne, a young woman ruthless in her drive to become queen.  

With her own destiny unknown, and the Boleyn enemies gathering, Mary must defy her family - and command her own fate.   

With an exclusive afterword written and read by Philippa Gregory, exploring the inspiration behind Mary’s story.

©2001 Philippa Gregory (P)2018 HarperCollins Publishers Limited

Critic reviews

Praise for Philippa Gregory: "Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing." (Daily Mail)

"Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-lattered dining. She invokes some swoonsome images...while the politics are personal enough to remain pertinent." (Daily Telegraph)

"Subtle and exciting." (Daily Express)

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Wonderful - but needs an edit

Wonderful story and well read by Kirby - however, needs some editing for the repeated lines that litter the story.