Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens)

By | June 19, 2017
Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession: A Novel (Six Tudor Queens) Author Alison Weir
ISBN-10 1101966513
ISBN-13 9781101966518
Year 2017-05-16
Pages 560
Language English
Publisher Ballantine Books
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In this second novel of Alison Weirs epic Six Tudor Queens series the acclaimed author and historian weaves exciting new research into the story of Anne Boleyn Henry VIIIs most infamous wife a woman ahead of her time whose very lifeand deathforever changed a nation Born into a noble English family Anne is barely a teenager when she is sent from her familys Hever Castle to serve at the royal court of the Netherlands Yet what seems a strategic move on the part of her opportunistic father is actually a chance for the girl to grow and discover herself There and later in France Anne thrives preferring to absorb the works of progressive writers rather than participate in courtly flirtations She also begins to understand the inequalities and indignities suffered by her gender Anne isnt completely inured to the longings of the heart but her powerful family has ambitious plans for her future that override any wishes of her own When the King of England himself Henry VIII asks Anne to be his mistress she spurns his advancesreminding him that he is a married man who has already conducted an affair with her sister Mary Annes rejection only intensifies Henrys pursuit but in the absence of a male heirand given an aging Queen Katherinethe opportunity to elevate and protect the Boleyn family and to exact vengeance on her envious detractors is too tempting for Anne to resist even as it proves to be her undoing While history tells of how Anne Boleyn died this compelling new novel shows just how she lived Praise for Katherine of Aragon the True Queen Alison Weir starts off her six volume fictional series about the wives of King Henry VIII with a nuanced portrayal of Katherine of Aragon The Christian Science Monitor In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life She emerges as a charismatic indomitable and courageous heroine whose story never fails toenthrall Tracy Borman author ofThomas Cromwell As always Weir demonstrates a keen eye for crafting dramatic scenes of beautiful accurate detail instilling in the reader a vivid sense of being there If this greatly impressive inaugural installment is any indication Tudor lovers have much to look forward to Booklist starred review An illuminating and engaging portrait of the true queen Historical Novels Review

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