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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.
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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 28 days 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 1 month ago by Barbara Lamson
Read this compelling historic novel...it is beautifully written and offers a keen insight into Tudor EnglandPublished 2 months ago by Marilyn J Boudreau
Very interesting time in history. Well written and very intriguing.Published 2 months ago by Taifun
Really enjoyed reading about the "possible" relationships/links between Elizabeth I and her mother. Makes one appreciate Anne Boleyn more--even if this is fiction.Published 2 months ago by achilles