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4.0 out of 5 stars The Queen's Promise
This is the story of Anne Boleyn, but told from a slightly different angle, putting her early love affair with Lord Henry Percy centre stage. For those who have read many books on Anne Boleyn, you will, of course, be aware of her early flirtation with Lord Percy and a secret marriage to him which caused Wolsey to go into overdrive with damage limitation once it was...
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3.0 out of 5 stars A light and easy to read piece of historical fiction, but insubstantial and clunky in places
This novel tells the story of Henry Percy, the heir to the Earldom of Northumberland, and his romance with the young Anne Boleyn and their secret betrothal. Therefore Henry Percy is really the central character of the novel rather than Anne herself. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and one of strengths of the novel is that it does capture the bleak...
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4.0 out of 5 stars The Queen's Promise, 9 Jan 2013
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S Riaz "S Riaz" (England) - See all my reviews
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This is the story of Anne Boleyn, but told from a slightly different angle, putting her early love affair with Lord Henry Percy centre stage. For those who have read many books on Anne Boleyn, you will, of course, be aware of her early flirtation with Lord Percy and a secret marriage to him which caused Wolsey to go into overdrive with damage limitation once it was discovered. For Anne, the marriage was seen as an impertinance with Lord Percy above her in station and rank. Yet, once Anne aimed higher, the entire affair had to be hushed up in order to protect the reputation of both the King and future Queen.

Lyn Andrews tells the story of Anne Boleyn and Lord Percy with the emphasis on the latter. In order to flesh out the story, the author uses the device of a fictional squire, Will Chatton. Will is a very sympathetic character and, as the novel progresses and things begin to go wrong for Lord Percy, his squire actually succeeds in life. Strangely, this lightens the mood of a book about a doomed love affair and also introduces a lot of interesting information about the Tudor court and life during that period. Overall, this is a very traditional historical novel (thankfully without the current vogue for a modern day narrator which seems to have been done to death with varying degrees of success) and the young lover's plight still causes you wonder "what if?" Anne and Henry Percy had been allowed to marry. Would the "King's great matter" have never reshaped a country and ended with the death of Anne, who was once just a young and vibrant woman who always dared to aim high.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A light and easy to read piece of historical fiction, but insubstantial and clunky in places, 25 Mar 2013
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This novel tells the story of Henry Percy, the heir to the Earldom of Northumberland, and his romance with the young Anne Boleyn and their secret betrothal. Therefore Henry Percy is really the central character of the novel rather than Anne herself. There's nothing wrong with that, of course, and one of strengths of the novel is that it does capture the bleak precariousness of life on the English/Scot border.

Although relatively easy reading, this novel did have a number of flaws for me. Firstly, the characterisation was rather weak; Henry himself seemed a rather two dimensional figure, as were indeed many of the other characters. The writing really lacked much depth, the descriptions of clothing became a little tedious and reptitive, and the narrative in places was very clunky, with much of the action and story being related via messengers. The elevation of Anne to Queen and her subsequent demise and execution were told in the last fifty or so pages, and this gave the novel a rather unbalanced feel, especially because the first half was quite slow. The bleakness of Tudor life for the common people, particularly in northern England, and the ruthlessness machinations of Henry VIII and his court were captured, but everything else felt rather superficial.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Historically Detailed and an Excellent Read, 16 Dec 2012
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Brett H "pentangle" (Brighton) - See all my reviews
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A new novel by an author who has been regaling us with fine historical drama over many years has got to be of interest. The Queen's Promise is the much related story of Anne Boleyn, queen of the 1,000 days. This follows the line of many previous novels in tracing her birth in Norfolk through her early days at Hever Castle, and then details her many homes at the courts of Europe, through her childhood and early teens and so to Court. It draws a careful picture of the young Anne as dutiful, lively, accomplished and vivacious but always a pawn in her father and her wider family's schemes.

However, this is a novel about Anne Boleyn with a difference. Although she is the central character, she shares this billing with Henry Percy, heir to the earldom of Northumberland, a boy only a few years older than Anne herself and with whom her life is entwined. This novel also details the Percy heir's early life, painting a picture of the harshness of life on the Borders for a delicate, sensitive and cultured young man whose fine attributes were not considered of worth in the era in which he was born. Henry Percy's attempts to always do his duty and to fulfil the role expected of his despite his ill health and distaste for its privations are well described.

Other figures, such as the poor Will Chatton who Percy begs as his squire and Robert Aske, the young lawyer, also provide much in the way of rich insights into life in Tudor England as Lyn Andrews faithfully draws their characters throughout the novel.

The young Percy and Anne meet at court and become secretly betrothed, a fact which incurs the wrath not only of Percy's father, the 5th Earl of Northumberland, but also Cardinal Wolsey. The young lovers are banished - Percy to the North as General Warden of the Marches, and Anne to her home at Hever. Percy is eventually married off to his childhood `bete noire' Mary Talbot with disastrous results whilst Anne eventually catches the eye of King Henry VIII. The rest, as they say, is all history. It is left to an immigrant, Will Chatton's wife, Joanna, to wonder aloud whether, if only Anne and young Percy had been allowed to follow their hearts, all the lives of the characters in this novel and, indeed, the course of British history, would have been different.

This is an excellent read for anyone who enjoys an historical novel which faithfully adheres to the historical facts. However, the characters within are very carefully drawn and crafted to give the reader a real insight into the mores and workings of the time. Highly Recommended!
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4.0 out of 5 stars the queens promise, 29 Sep 2012
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This is another account of the life of Anne Boleyn and contains little new in regards to such a well documented/fictionalised life. It does however add another dimension that I had not really read much about and that was the life of the Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy. I was fascinated to read of his early life and life after Anne Boleyn. He gained my interest and sympathy early in the story and held it right to the end. (probably sympathy is the last thing a Percy would want) It is not the most sympathetic account of Anne's life though.The harsh life of the borders for both the powerful and the poor is well explored. It . The fictional Chatton family adds much to the story. Fashions, court life and all the intrigues are well described and the The London merchant trade is not ignored. It is fiction of course but real events are well integrated. The writing style is clear and easy to read and I read it quickly . Anyone interested in Anne Boleyn would find it enjoyable if not educational. I enjoyed it very much
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Really good, 20 Aug 2013
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L. E. Cooper "Lindsey" (UK) - See all my reviews
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What a terrific read, I loved every minute, you got the feel for Anne's life got to care about her and care especially for the tragic Henry Percy whose life was torn apart by loving her and not being able to have her. It is a tale of love intrigue and ultimately her death and how ambition can be your undoing. Who needs television when books are this good!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A love story that went tragically wrong., 24 Nov 2012
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When Anne Boleyn is recalled from France back to England and the Court of Henry VIII she finds it a rather drab and dreary place compared to the frivolity of the French Court. She is only a teenager and one day she meets Henry Percy the future Earl of Northumberland and ancestor of the famous 'Hotspur Harry'. Between them, there is a instant liking for each other and eventually they agree to a 'de futuro' marriage. If only they had consummated it how different our monarchy would have been now! Alas, Cardinal Wolsey finds out and thinking that this alliance could jeopardise his position with the King he exiles poor Henry back to Northumberland where he has always suffered from the Ague (and always will do), and sends Anne back to Hever Castle where her Father Thomas Bolyen is furious with her. He and her Godfather, Lord Norfolk have already started to climb the ladder of ambition by pimping out Anne's younger sister Mary to the King. It seems that the Bolyen family will stop at nothing to gain riches, titles and land.

Poor Henry Percy meanwhile has been told by his Father he must marry a girl who he despises but happily this does not come to pass. What does come to pass though is the King noticing Anne! Knowing that if she jumps straight into his bed like her sister did she will probably be cast off at any given time, she plays the long game and keeps the King waiting. She has her eye on one thing and one thing only........being Queen. She also harbours revenge against Wolsey.

This is an extremely well written book and keeps the reader interested from the start. The addition of a young squire called Will Chatton adds a more human touch as well even though he didn't actually exist.

Eventually Anne gets her revenge but at a great cost to herself..............

Henry died not long after Anne was beheaded and left his estates to the Crown.

I felt very sorry for Henry Percy and the way Wolsey treated him and I found the history of the Percy family in general very interesting and informative.

A great read and I recommend it if you like the Tudor era.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The Queens Promise, 5 Dec 2013
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Another entry into the Tudor soap opera market.This time with the emphasis on Henry Percy. An enjoyable read,but not one that will stay with me.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Unusual angle, but a bit lightweight, 9 July 2013
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This novel approaches the early days of Anne Boleyn from the angle of her early suitor Henry Percy, and that is interesting, since he is a much neglected character.
However, I felt that the author would have benefitted from reading some more recent research on Anne's early life (her main source is Victorian), and there were a few important inaccuracies (Anne was not executed with her head on a block, for example, she was beheaded with a sword while kneeling upright).
My main problem with the book was that I felt the author got tired of the story towards the end and crammed the "meat" of the relationship, marriage and fall of Anne into the last couple of chapters, while having little or nothing to say about Percy during this time, except his well known arrest of Wolsey and his presence at Anne's trial.
And what was the Queen's promise of the title? I must have missed that bit.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Easy read, 15 April 2013
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I have read many books about this period of history and just found that this was a little lightweight. I enjoyed Will (the squire) but did not feel that Anne Boleyn and her subsequent marriage to Henry VIII featured highly enough. A reasonable book though easy to read.
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3.0 out of 5 stars A little bit lightweight, but a pleasant read., 13 April 2013
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The Earl of Northumberland, Henry Percy, is the fresh angle in this Anne Boleyn centred novel.

Compared to Wolf Hall its a lightweight yet interesting read.

Percy is more central than Anne at times and there is little "new" material.

The ideal rest after after a heavy historical book.
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