I'm reading "The Other Boleyn Girl" By Phillipa Gregory. I'm about 250 pages into this 700+ page book and moderately enjoying it. I started to think about Mary and Anne Boleyn and wondered what they might have looked like, so I googled them. Wikipedia has pictures, as well as a lot of info on both Mary and Anne. I read everything.
I knew that Anne married Henry VIII and that he eventually had her killed. I didn't realize that he also had her brother George killed and that the parents died shortly after and that Mary's husband, Sir William Carey, died from the sweating sickness (which, by the way, sounds terrifying) and that Mary was most likely OLDER than Anne and that while Mary was Henry VIII's mistress, it was never public.
Bottom line: I learned lots of interesting things and now don't really feel like finishing the book. My only incentive for reading "The Other Boleyn Girl" now is that I read on Wikipedia that the book is quite controversial among historians because of the many deviations from strongly supported theories. In other words, the story most likely will not follow exact chain of events as outlined in Wikipedia.
Then again, this is Wikipedia we are talking about and according to Michael Scott: "Wikipedia is the best thing ever. Anyone in the world can write anything they want about any subject, so you know you are getting the best possible information."
Has anyone read this book? Is there any need for me to continue reading it?