Study Guide

The Other Boleyn Girl Betrayal

By Philippa Gregory

Betrayal

So you've read The Other Boleyn Girl, and you want to write a historical fiction novel about the life of Anne Boleyn, too? We suggest The Boleyn Betrayal as a title. Or maybe Too Many Boleyn Betrayals to Count would be more accurate, but that title doesn't exactly roll off the tongue.

Whichever title you choose, there are plenty of Boleyn betrayals to talk about. These people double-cross and backstab others as naturally as they eat and breathe.

Questions About Betrayal

  1. Why does Mary betray her queen? How does Mary feel afterward? Why does she continue to do it?
  2. In what ways does Henry betray his wife? His mistresses? The entire nation of England?
  3. How does Anne cope with the various betrayals in her own life?

Chew on This

The Boleyn family will stop at nothing to get what they want, including playing dirty and betraying anyone who gets in their way. But it comes back to get them in the end. When someone has no qualms about betraying others, people don't feel bad about betraying them, either.

Anne feels no guilt about betraying her sister or her queen, but when she is betrayed herself, Anne is upset to be on the receiving end.