From the bestselling author of 'The Other Boleyn Girl', Philippa Gregory, comes a wonderfully atmospheric evocation of the court of Henry VIII and his final queens.
The year is 1539 and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing sick king.
With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves.
She has her own good reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father, in a country where to her both language and habits are foreign.
Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she senses a trap closing around her.
Katherine is confident that she can follow in the steps of her cousin Anne Boleyn to dazzle her way to the throne but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn, haunted by the past, knows that Anne's path led to Tower Green and to an adulterer's death.
The story of these three young women, trying to make their own way through the most volatile court in Europe at a time of religious upheaval and political uncertainty, is Philippa Gregory's most compelling novel yet.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 528 pages
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 01/05/2007
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780007190331
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Review by Elphaba71
Another absorbing installment from the Tudors, telling of Anne of Cleves & here brief time as Queen & Katherine Howard. I wasn't sure if I would enjoy the style it was written in to start with, with each chapter being told either from Katherine, Anne or Jane Boleyn's view. Jane Boleyn was such a terrible woman having hands in the deaths of her fellow Kinsmen & ultimatley her own. This is a great historic novel based loosely on the true historic facts.
Review by Sioneva
My first Philippa Gregory novel was "The Other Boleyn Girl," and I became a fast fan. I was really looking forward to "The Boleyn Inheritance," and while it was a good read, I wish Gregory had stuck with a single main character telling the story rather than the somewhat dizzying three-character perspective. That said, I understand why she made the decision and enjoyed the new perspectives - so many authors dismiss Anne of Cleves terribly easily and it was enjoyable to hear a different perspective.
Review by lecari
This book is the latest in Philippa Gregory's series, and focuses on the lives of Henry's fourth and fifth wives Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard, and George Boleyn's widow, Jane, who has served all his wives so far. This is done more in a diary format - the POV changes between the three characters in (usually) 3-4 page long thoughts and telling of events. This can be confusing at first, and it took me a while to get into the story. This covers the period of Anne's entrance into England, to Katherine Howard and Jane Boleyn's execution. These two Queens are the ones least known about, and Philippa chose to look at those two to try and give a new perspective on them, and perhaps change people's opinions of them both.I thought it was incredibly interesting to read, and enlightening. I just wish more of it could have been based in facts (though obviously, lack of records made that impossible). It's also interesting to see how Henry changes - from the sweet but slightly selfish and hedonistic boy portrayed in 'the Constant Princess' to the tyrant in this book, who can declare a marriage void and give his ex-wife the title of sister, and have no one call it madness.Overall I would definitely recommend this one, I really enjoyed it and liked the change in writing style. Again, not quite as good as 'The Other Boleyn Girl' but still a very enjoyable book.
Review by bluejulie
** spoiler alert ** This is the second book in the Boleyn series that I read. It was quite different than The Other Boleyn Girl, mostly because of the narrative being split between three narrators.SPOILERS!I like the way historical facts and cultural and political background are interwoven with the plot, it gives the story authenticity and poignancy. Although some readers are bothered by the split narration, I was fine with it, the plot developed smoothly and the characterization (particula...more This is the second book in the Boleyn series that I read. It was quite different than The Other Boleyn Girl, mostly because of the narrative being split between three narrators.SPOILERS!I like the way historical facts and cultural and political background are interwoven with the plot, it gives the story authenticity and poignancy. Although some readers are bothered by the split narration, I was fine with it, the plot developed smoothly and the characterization (particularly of the female) characters was solid. The only thing that didn't seem quite believable was the character of Jane Boleyn. In the Author's Note Ms. Gregory states that she hopes she has portrayed Lady Rochford as an insane woman that she was. Honestly, I couldn't see that in Jane's narration until the very last few chapters. Most of the book portrays her as an innocent victim of other peoples' intrigues, particularly if you only read this novel and not the ones preceding it.But all in all it was an enjoyable read, although it was much harder to translate.
Review by jolerie
Essentially a romance novel with a large dallop of historical creative license thrown into the mix but overall a easy read to pass the time. Philippa Gregory seems to have found a niche for herself and has stuck to this genre because the magical formula is finding enough historical trails to build a story and throw in a whole lot of imagination and scandal for good measure.
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