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The Boleyn Inheritance Hardcover – Deckle Edge, December 5, 2006
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In 1539, Anne of Cleves, prepares herself for marriage to one of the most powerful men in Europe, Henry VIII of England, who has already been married three times -- once to Catherine of Aragon, whom he divorced and broke from the Catholic Church in order to marry the tempestuous and beguiling Anne Boleyn, whom he later beheaded on the suspicion that she was playing him false, and lastly to Jane Seymour who gave him the son he so devoutly wished for before expiring herself. It is not exactly the kind of marriage that most princesses would dream of, but then Anne's situation at home is hardly an ideal one. How was Anne to know that she had exchanged the firing pan for the fire?Read more ›
I suppose it's fair to say that I liked "The Other Boleyn Girl" so much that in all honesty, anything coming after it would have little chance of living up to my massive expectations. I wanted another book that both informed and transported me, another invigorating read that made me forget the world around me and sucked me into a world I had scarcely ever imagined. But unfortunately, that simply never happened with this second foray into Ms. Gregory's meticulously researched world. Throughout this book, I was never able to lose sight of the fact that I was reading about people Ms. Gregory never actually knew personally. I never had that feeling reading "The Other Boleyn Girl". In that book, she always made me feel as if I was reading about real, living, breathing people -- not just historical figures being recreated on a page.
In Gregory's defense, there is not a lot known about the private lives of the three women she tries so hard to bring to life here. (She explains as much in author's note at the end of the book, in a move a more cynical reader might call covering her rear end.) So she had little to draw on, and perhaps she should not be faulted if her characters come off as a little flat, simply because she was unwilling to substitute juicier details for scant facts. However, it must be said that she compounds the problem by splitting her narrative into three parts.Read more ›
And I'm pleased to report that I enjoyed it immensely.
The Boleyn Inheritance is told by Jane, Lady Rochford, widow of the executed George Boleyn; Anne of Cleves; and Katherine "Kitty" Howard. Jane, self-justifying and self-deceiving, is obsessed with her past yet determined to do whatever she has to do in order to restore her life to its former glamour. Anne, no stupid Flanders mare but a sensible, honorable young woman who longs for freedom and respect, finds that she has exchanged the humiliations of her brother's court for the reign of terror of Henry's. Kitty is an airheaded teenager, with an endless capacity to push aside unpleasant realities in favor of her more satisfying interests: young men, jewels, and pretty clothes. Manipulating Jane and Kitty is the sinister Duke of Norfolk, and stalking through all three women's lives is the unpredictable, increasingly tyrannical Henry VIII.
Gregory juggles the heroines' stories masterfully. Even when Anne of Cleves is relegated to the background and the machinations of the Duke of Norfolk and Jane take center stage, Anne remains to comment on what she sees around her. She, the outsider, becomes both the moral center of the novel and the narrator on which the reader can most rely for an accurate perception of events. Kitty's adolescent preoccupations and mercurial character are captured wonderfully, while Jane, morally repulsive as she is, has a normalcy about her that keeps us reading her story and wondering at her motivations.
There's a certain humor here, often quite dark, that was missing altogether in the very earnest Constant Princess.Read more ›
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I love the way she writes and adds to the true story to make it a great read!Published 1 day ago by cowgirlmama
This is the third book I have read by this author. Once I start it is hard for me to put it down. I plan on reading all the book in this series. Read morePublished 4 days ago by Laura
Love her books - conjuncture based a truth makes one juicy story!Published 10 days ago by DMcCarthy
The writing is excellent as usual as she makes history fascinating to read, butI was already very familiar with the historical facts.Published 11 days ago by Paula Morse
Storyline gets boring book after book. Lost my interest, gave away.Published 15 days ago by Amazon Customer
Philippa Gregory never disappoints. This book is written through the eyes of each character and I loved it. I couldn't put it down!Published 28 days ago by Gwen Archambeault
This was a wonderful follow up! It shoes how crazy Henry really was and its a shame no one could do anything about it. I loved reading this!Published 29 days ago by Jackie Campbell
I have read all of the authors Tudor Series. Gave me great insight to the history when I was in London. Anne Boleyn is buried in the Chapel at the Tower of London. Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer