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The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn Paperback – May 28, 1998
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I found myself reading this book not as a fictional recitation of historical events, but as the story of a dysfunctional family and how the actions of one generation affect the next. The author uses the relationship between Anne and Henry VIII to explain why Elizabeth made some of her early choices with regard to matrimony. I've seen this same theory expounded by other writers but Maxwell does a very good job by interpolating Anne Boleyn's diary entries with events in Elizabeth's life.
Even if you do know the story of Elizabeth's life, this version is worth reading.
What worked so well with this novel, were not necessarily Anne's diary entries, but her daughter's reaction to them. Elizabeth is a headstrong woman of considerable wit and charm, growing up not knowing her mother, and coming of age as an unmarried queen in a patriarchal society. Through her mother's diary she learns not only her past, but learns how to shape her future, and ultimately her country's future as well.
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn does an excellent job of personalizing the much maligned second wife of King Henry VIII. Her domineering father, gold bricking sister, and loyal brother all shape the Anne that wins the heart of a monarch. Her diary chronicles her history that shapes the woman that would be queen, and as her unfortunate inability to birth a prince, her tragic demise culminates on the scaffold. Robin Maxwell portrays the proud Queens of England, both Anne and Elizabeth, with grace and honesty.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Very interesting with great historical background. It was hard to put down. If you can imagine getting your mother's diary and finding out how much you were loved 20 some years... Read morePublished 2 days ago by Ginger
I am enamored of everything Tudor and am reading just about everything I can get my hands on. This is the first book I've read about Anne Boleyn that is told from (supposedly) her... Read morePublished 9 days ago by Dayle Vickery
Loved this book. Great writing, and great story. No, it is not factually correct, but I knew that going in. It may even be mentioned on the books cover (not sure though... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Luvmydog
I am completely intrigued by Anny Boleyn and the power she had over Henry VIII, and while this is fiction, I love how there are some facts thrown in there to keep the reader... Read morePublished 2 months ago by Goretti S. Cunha
Actually this author simply copied everything we know, although he added the extra finger that Anne Boleyn did not have.Published 3 months ago by Barbara Lamson