A novel by the well-known Historical Fiction
writer Philippa Gregory
. Published in 2006, it is a sequel to The Other Boleyn Girl
, and is narrated by Queen Anne of Cleves, Queen Katherine Howard, and Jane Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's widowed sister-in-law. While not as explosively popular as its prequel, the novel has still enjoyed great success, and according to The Other Wiki
, is less historically controversial.
This book has examples of:
- A Date with Rosie Palms: Combined with voyeurism on Jane's part; though it isn't physical, she watches Katherine have sex with Thomas Culpepper in order to get her kicks.
- Berserk Button: What happens in Cleves when Anne bares so much as an inch more skin than she should.
- Brother-Sister Incest: Implied with Anne's brother William; he certainly has a complex about her sexuality. Averted to some degree in that Anne is revolted by his obsession and wants nothing more than to escape.
- The Caligula: Henry VIII. And how.
- Catch Phrase: For Katherine: "Now let me see, what do I have now?" Becomes a Madness Mantra as the story progresses.
- Deadpan Snarker: All of the main narrators have their moments, but the Duke of Norfolk probably gets the crown.
- Green-Eyed Monster: Jane Boleyn. Dear God, Jane Boleyn. To the point of having her husband and his sister beheaded on false evidence because he loved Anne more than her. And Jane's marriage with George was arranged.
- Hypocritical Humour: Katherine, taking it upon herself to do a bit of Slut Shaming despite the fact that she's been smuggling her lover into her dormitory too.
- Madonna-Whore Complex: Anne's older brother, so very, very much. Katherine also hints at one on King Henry's part; he is rather shocked by the idea that his sweet youthful wife is happy to go on top when they have sex, "like a Smithfield harlot".
- My Girl Is Not a Slut: Henry VIII. And how. Also Anne's mother and brother, and Katherine's grandmother.
- Subverted when Katherine, having been told that meek virtue will please her uncle, decides to act suggestively in front of him anyway. He likes it and decides she'll fit in at court just fine.
- Only Sane Man: Arguably, Anne of Cleves. Everyone else at court is either playing the game, or just crazy.
- Too Dumb to Live: That's right, Jane, just encourage Henry VIII's wife to have an affair. What a fantastic idea!
- What Does She See in Him?: A rather dark example concerning Katherine's attraction to Thomas Culpepper. Aside from being a conceited, arrogant prick, he's also a rapist who committed murder when the woman's husband tried to stop him. The Duke of Norfolk and Jane Boleyn ponder this, and conclude that Katherine is a Hormone-Addled Teenager who will screw Anything That Moves provided he's hot enough.
- What's He Got That I Ain't Got?!: Revoltingly deconstructed when it comes to Henry VIII. Despite being fat, ugly and old enough to be the father if not grandfather of the women he marries, his vanity is so extreme he genuinely believes they adore him. This ends badly for both Anne and Katherine when he finds out they don't.