"The Other Boleyn Girl" – my review

The movie version of "The Other Boleyn Girl" is now available on DVD, and I've just seen it. It stars Natalie Portman as Anne Boleyn, second wife of England's King Henry VIII; Scarlett Johansson as Anne's sister Mary, who was Henry's mistress before he became involved with Anne; and Eric Bana as King Henry himself.

Mini-reviews of two historical novels

Here's a quick look at two historical novels I've read recently.

The Pillars of the Earth by Ken Follett: It took me approximately forever to read this very long novel about the building of a cathedral in 12th century England. It has two well-motivated central characters: Philip, a humble prior who struggles against all obstacles to build the cathedral, and an evil earl's son, William Hamleigh, who goes to great lengths to try to thwart Philip's plans.