The Boleyn Inheritance Paperback – 20 Apr 2017
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'One of Gregory's great strengths as a novelist is her ability to take familiar historical figures and flesh them into living breathing human beings. “The Constant Princess” is a worthy successor to her previous novels about the Tudors and deserves to be a bestseller.' Daily Express
'Gregory's research is impeccable which makes her imaginative fiction all the more convincing.' Daily Mail
'Gregory is great at conjuring a Tudor film-set of gorgeous gowns and golden-plattered dining.' Telegraph
From the bestselling author of 'The Other Boleyn Girl' comes a wonderfully atmospheric evocation of the court of Henry VIII, and the one woman who destroyed two of his queens. The year is 1539 and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves. She has her own good reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father, in a country where to her both language and habits are foreign. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she senses a trap closing around her. Katherine is confident that she can follow in the steps of her cousin Anne Boleyn to dazzle her way to the throne but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn, haunted by the past, knows that Anne's path led to Tower Green and to an adulterer's death. The story of these three young women, trying to make their own way through the most volatile court in Europe at a time of religious upheaval and political uncertainty, is Philippa Gregory's most compelling novel yet.See all Product description
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Books would be very boring and it would be like being back at school or university if all we had to read were text books, we need a little fantasy woven into history to bring it to a wider audience. Those of us who know our history well know how to separate fact from fiction, and read the books for exactly that reason.
Another masterpiece from this amazing author. Even though I'm now reading all her books on Kindle, with every one of her hardback books sitting on my bookcases, the second time around is just as unputdownable as the first time of reading.
A truly wonderful book - buy these books for the sheer pleasure of a gripping read, and also buy the book showing you which order to read her books in if you are new to this author, it's well worth the small price to read your history flowing in the correct order.
Henry VIII is coming towards the end of his reign and becoming more and more tyrannical. In 1539 he takes Anne of Cleves as his wife and then his eye is taken by one of her maids, 15 year old Katherine Howard. He annuls his marriage to Anne of Cleves. Jane Boleyn, lady-in-waiting to first Anne of Cleves and then Katherine Howard is young and impressionable.
We hear the stories of these three women from their own perspectives of their lives trying to please Henry.
This is a brilliant book, well written and well told, fantastic.
The novel has three "speakers"- Anne of Cleves, Catherine Howard and Jane Parker. I don't think this works, personally I believe it is much more effective when she sticks to just one viewpoint. I kept getting muddled up and to be honest, it felt like I was reading bad fan fiction at parts.
As usual of Gregory's novels, this is loaded with historical inaccuracies. I don't mind that in favour of a good story, however in the 'authors note' at the end of the book Gregory seems to imply that it is a book of fact. Although she notes it is a 'fictional account of real events', she states things as fact such as Anne of Cleves first meeting with the king. Jane Parker is another thing, Gregory states in the authors note that Jane gave the 'crucial evidence that led to the beheading of her husband and sister in law', er what?? Firstly is this historically proven as fact? secondly, the 'crucial evidence' against Anne was Smeatons 'confession' (alhough it is thought this was under torture, but nevertheless this was the 'evidence'), and thirdly, I doubt that Jane Parker had the power to bring down the queen single handed with this 'crucial evidence', it is well known that Henry VIII and his advisors such as Cromwell fabricated her charges so he could be rid of her for Jane Seymour. This 'crucial evidence' of Jane's would have merely been an excuse, not the cause. But Gregory seems to insist that Anne and George would have lived if it weren't for Jane Parker making up stories, oh yes I'm sure! Gregory says that Jane must have done this for 'jealousy and a determination to preserve her inheritance', ok what? Firstly, we don't know what she did, but probably the reason she did it was to keep her own head under pressure from powerful advisers (IE. Cromwell.) Gregory acts like what she has shown about this woman is fact which is what I object to- if she had said it was fiction, fine. But she doesn't.
Overall, this novel is weak. Perhaps it would have been better if she'd stuck to one narrator.
A true narcissist or just a selfish, spoilt man who descended into madness?
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