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The Kiss of the Concubine: A story of Anne Boleyn by [Arnopp, Judith]
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  • Print Length: 340 pages
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  • Language: English
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars 48 customer reviews
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I'm so excited by this book, it's difficult to know where to start.
The Kiss of the Concubine is written in the first person, present tense - two things I normally consider a 'turn off' - and yet the author handles the narration so skillfully that it becomes natural voice of the novel. The reader is privy to Anne's innermost thoughts and feelings, and in so doing we gain a different insight into her motivation.
To start with Anne is insecure about her looks and only attracts Henry's attention in a case of mistaken identity - from that initial contact it is her intelligence and wit that attract him.
The version of Anne created by Ms Arnopp is believable, sympathetic and most importantly - totally plausible. We discover a woman who knows her own mind but is no harpie, a woman in love who desires a family of her own, who is pressured into producing princes. I loved the interpretation of Anne as being in love with Henry but also afraid of losing his love. Their famous spats and quarrels are wonderfully written, on Anne's part motivated by crippling jealousy that the man she loves has strayed. But Anne is no blind fool, she can reconcile the dissolution of the monasteries because of the corruption within them, and when Henry siphons the wealth into his own coffers his lack of humanitarianism triggers the fateful series of events leading to Anne's eventual downfall.
I am no history scholar, so I can't comment on the factual veracity within The Kiss of the Concubine, but I can heartily recommend the book as a thought-provoking and wonderfully engrossing read.
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I have both read and seen many interpretations of the Anne Boleyn story, and I didn't think there was much more to be said. How wrong I was! Judith Arnopp has found such a unique and fresh approach to this most famous of love/hate relationships that readers will be drawn into her atmospheric prose. She is so skilled at conjuring the sights and sounds of her chosen setting that you can almost hear the courtly music, smell the pomanders, and taste the suckling pig. Her insights into the nuances of Anne's relationship with King Henry Vlll will delight and amaze you, and maybe make you think of Anne, mother of that most powerful of monarchs, Queen Elizabeth l of England, in a new and intriguing light.
Highly recommended for lovers of historical drama and romance.
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Told in the first person, this is the story of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII. We relive Anne's life through her own eyes, from the happy, privileged daughter, playing with her siblings Mary and George in the grounds at Hever Castle to her last lonely months in the royal apartments at the Tower of London.

Though this story is fiction, the book is well researched and the historical figures we knew from history lessons about the Tudors at school, are vividly portrayed and brought to life as real and rounded people.

Henry is first portrayed as the dashing, fit and brave young horseman, his duty foremost in his mind, to produce a male heir to rule after him. We watch him age, his obsession with duty mixed with a desire for ultimate power over his people and his advisers push for the changes to please the king, all in the name of God. His desire for Anne becomes an obsession to marry her and the rest, as they say, is history.

This book is a page turner that kept me reading late into the night. If you like historical fiction, you'll love this book.
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This is one of the best books I have ever read. I was interested in Anne Boleyn a few years ago and read a lot of factual books on her. I recognised many of the events & people so I know the author's research was thorough. The extra events felt very genuine and quite in keeping with the period. I think the outstanding thing about this book is the writing, it is just magical and carries you away right into the period. Every single detail and word feels perfect. I'm going to read more of Judith's,
I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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Read so many Anns Boleyn novels wasn't sure I would enjoy this but I did very much. Liked that it was Anne herself talking and how it highlighted the love between her and Henry on a more human scale than is often portrayed. I liked how she put ideas of how Anne's behaviours could have been misconstrued or used against her by her enemies. Well worth a read!
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We have all heard the stories of how terrible Anne Boleyn was but this gave a totally different view this was from Annes perspective . I felt by the last few pages that i cared about what happened to her and even though i knew what a sad and sorry end fate had in store for her i found myself hoping just as she was that Henry would arrive and save her . A must read book for lovers of tudor history .
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What a refreshing take on probably the most fascinating period of English history and one of its biggest characters. A very believable version of the history and superbly well written. The work seems so much more a personal tale for having been written in the first person. The positioning of Anne as a pawn in the political games of Tudor England carries far greater credibility than some novels from the period which seek to vilify Anne in tune with the way history was written following her demise.

Despite knowing how the story ends, the book was gripping to the last and for me is on a par with Hilary Mantel's tomes covering the same period.

A far more serious piece of work than 'The Winchester Goose' and definitely an upward progression.
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