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A brilliant historical novel,
This review is from: Concubine (Hardcover)Norah Lofts' biographical novel about the celebrated and controversial Anne Boleyn presents her as a very human, complex and completely believable character. Lofts'considerable talent for storytelling makes this familiar story new and fresh, and you'll find yourself rooting for the vulnerable, sensitive and desperately alone Anne as she struggles against the iron will of Henry VIII and the contempt of the English people. Anne's maid, Emma Arnett, is one of the original Protestants,whose story mirrors the major english social problems of the time, and this subplot adds a human and believable element. I've read most of the novels about Anne Boleyn--this is unquestionably the best of them. If you've ever felt a dislike for Henry VIII, Lofts' shares your view: he comes across as a dangerously powerful, spoiled baby, whose immaturity costs Anne her life.
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Initial post: Aug 28, 2010 1:57:17 PM PDT
Charli York says:
Norah Lofts books started my interest in this very interesting period of history. I recommend any of Alison Weir's books on people of this time ( or any she has written) she really does the research thoroughly.
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