The Concubine, Paperback
4.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


'All eyes and hair' a courtier had said disparagingly of her - and certainly the younger daughter of Tom Boleyn lacked the bounteous charms of most ladies of Court.

Black-haired, black-eyed, she had a wild-sprite quality that was to prove more effective, more dangerous than conventional feminine appeal.

The King first noticed her when she was sixteen - and with imperial greed he smashed her youthful love-affair with Harry Percy and began the process of royal seduction...But this was no ordinary woman, no maid-in-waiting to be possessed and discarded by a king.

Against his will, his own common sense, Henry found himself bewitched - enthralled by the young girl who was to be known as - the Concubine...


  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 360 pages
  • Publisher: The History Press Ltd
  • Publication Date:
  • Category: Historical fiction
  • ISBN: 9780752439433



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Over the last years there has been a resurgence of interest in the Tudorperiod that has produced something of a glut of Anne bolyn fiction - this one written in the early 60s sets the bar for the modern efforts. Lofts excellent efforts at charcaterisation - in part based on primary materials - lifts this well known story from the predictibility of a simple romance or indeed the over simplifictaion of an "evil" Anne or "lusty" Henry. the side story of Anne's lady Emma and her interets in the new faith provides an interetsing second story - one I will be lloking to seperate fact from fiction for at a later date. In all everything a good historical movel should be

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This is a fictional account of Anne Boleyn from the time she came back to England from France (where she grew up) and met Henry VIII to just after she was beheaded. It was good. It (probably no surprise) picked up in the last 1/3 of the book once Henry turned his attention to Jane Seymour and was looking for a way to get rid of Anne. Anne's not my favourite of Henry's wives, but I do feel badly for how it all ended for her. I wonder, though, if I'm getting tired of reading about the Tudors, or if I just need to read more about some of the Tudors I've read less about. Anne is probably who I've read the most about. It was still good, overall, though.

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