The acclaimed international bestseller of the Tudor court, during the years of Henry VIII's pursuit of Anne Boleyn - and the revolutionary sequence of events that followed.
This chance for us Howards comes once in a century...1521.
Henry VIII rules over a fashionable court alive with pageant and celebration, the lack of a son his only threat.
When young Mary Boleyn arrives at court, she becomes his new mistress, an unwitting pawn in the ambitions of the powerful Boleyn and Howard families.
As Henry's interest begins to wane, the Boleyns scheme to put forward Mary's sister, Anne.
Yet Anne Boleyn, newly returned from the French court, won't agree to be Henry's mistress - only his wife.
Pitting the king's desperation for an heir against the advice of his powerful advisors, Wolsey and Cromwell, what follows will change the course of a country's history.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 544 pages, facsimiles
- Publisher: HarperCollins Publishers
- Publication Date: 07/10/2002
- Category: Historical fiction
- ISBN: 9780006514008
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Review by Fleur-De-Lis
A lovely book, telling the story of Anne Boleyn's sister Mary. Who for a time was pushed up to be King Henry VIII's mistress, in order to advance the family.
Review by OpalCat1986
Passionate, clever and perfectly detailed. I love everything about this book. Philippa Gregory never disappoints me no matter in what period of time or genre.
Review by scriberscouse
A cut above the average historical saga, this deals with the notorious Anne Boleyn and how her ambitious family set schemes in place to see a Boleyn on the throne besides Henry the VIII. My first Philippa Gregory and not the last; immensely readable, the historical details feel accurate and the prose just washes over you gripping you in the plot as the best books should. Told from Mary, Anne's sister's perspective, who becomes Henry's mistress while he is married to Katherine of Aragorn, this doesn't make the best portrayal of Anne Boleyn's character but is an absolute page turner. Even if you're not a fan of historical fiction this provides enough twists and intrigue to entertain and reads like a Tudor soap opera but in a good way.
Review by wyvernfriend
I found this incredibly difficult to get into this one but after about the half way point I finally started to get into this story of politics and the Boleyn family and Henry VIII. It's a complicated story, one of outrageous conniving and attempting to gain power through sex and marriage.I felt sorry for the girls occasionally because they were trapped in their roles, trapped in what they had to do for their family to make their elders happy. With elders like that it wasn't surprising that they did as much as they could to gain a little power of their own.Overall though, it wasn't really my thing and I won't be enthusiastically looking for sequels.
Review by LibraryLou
Brings to life the colour and fragility of life at court during the turbulent reign of Henry VIII. We are told the story of the sister of Anne Boleyn, and how she is overpowered by the personality and deviousness of her sister.
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