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- Average Customer Review: 48 customer reviews
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Top Customer Reviews
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.
Highly recommended for lovers of historical drama and romance.
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.
I thoroughly enjoyed this one.
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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Beautifully written descriptions taking the reader into the heart of the Tudor court. Another of Judith's books that I couldn't put down. I highly recommend.Published 1 month ago by Denise Jones
A fantastic book! Loved that it was written from Anne's point of view, a different way of looking @ the Anne & Henry story.Published 2 months ago by Tracy Duhaney
I've read many many books on Anne Boleyn , and I found this one one if THE most enjoyable to read.Published 6 months ago
I have been searching and searching for a Historical Fiction book told from the view point of Anne Boleyn that covers her time being courted by Henry, her rise to Queen, and then... Read morePublished 10 months ago by Louise Read
This was a fascinating version of the journey of Anne Boleyn from innocent teenager to older woman and eventually to queen of England- after Henry VIII succeeded in removing his... Read morePublished 12 months ago by nanjar
A fresh perspective to a story I thought I already knew. This Anne is human; a girl, a young woman, a lover, a wife, a mother - not the legendary enigma of my school years.Published 15 months ago by Natasha W.
Fascinating insight into the life of this tragic queen, really gripping and well thought out.Published 20 months ago by Mrs SCR Mintram-Mason
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