- Paperback: 320 pages
- Publisher: William Morrow Paperbacks (November 1, 2005)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0060591587
- ISBN-13: 978-0060591588
- Product Dimensions: 5.3 x 0.7 x 8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 5.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars See all reviews (33 customer reviews)
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #3,076,239 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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The Queen of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne Boleyn Paperback – November 1, 2005
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Fans of historical fiction will savor this colorful retelling of the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn by British author Dunn. The novel (her eighth, and the first to be published in the U.S.) is narrated in turns by Anne, now imprisoned in the Tower, and Lucy Cornwallis, Henry VIII's confectioner, who observes the dramas of the court from the haven of her kitchen. Though their paths seldom cross, the two women's lives become fatefully linked through the scandalous liaisons of the English court. On the eve of her beheading, Anne documents her life's tale for her young daughter, Elizabeth, telling how she came to join the king's court as a lady-in-waiting to Henry's first wife, Catherine of Aragon, and caught the eye of the king. Ambitious and proud, she refuses to be his mistress, insisting instead on becoming his legitimate wife. Henry eventually succumbs to her pressures, but only after he breaks with Rome and declares himself the head of the Church of England. Meanwhile, Lucy falls desperately in love with Mark Smeaton, the angelic court musician who in turn is enamored with Anne. This reasonably accurate historical portrait of Anne is enlivened by Dunn's imaginative weaving of Lucy into the narrative, making for a delicious romp through the romance, politics and drama of 16th-century England.
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This fictional retelling of the triumphant rise and tragic downfall of Anne Boleyn rings true, reminding readers that great events are often viewed differently through the personal prisms of both participants and observers. Juxtaposing Anne's chronicle--written in prison as she awaits execution--with the recollections of Lucy Cornwallis, the king's talented confectioner, responsible for providing the insatiable Henry with an enormous variety of sweetly delectable concoctions, two divergent views of both the doomed queen and the historical circumstances surrounding her demise are provided. Presenting herself more as a victim than a villain, Anne, in her seemingly straightforward defense of her actions, lacks the objectivity and ultimate subtlety of Lucy's more balanced account. Since both women are products of their particular time in history and station in society, each brings a refreshingly unique perspective to a familiar tale. The authentically detailed narrative resonates with compassionate sympathy for the major players in this historical melodrama. Margaret Flanagan
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