A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn Paperback – 1 Apr 2008
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Frances is fiercely loyal to Anne, and Anne becomes quite fond of Frances, she writes poetry for Anne, and Anne loves Frances for her loyalty and fondness.
This is the 2nd of a series from Laurien Gardner, and is the 1st I have read, I have an immense passion for fiction from the Tudor era and this was a brilliant read, there were some inaccuracies with the story, most notable here its said that George Boleyn was hung to his death when in fact he was be headed but, I think as its a fiction story its not as important unless of course your reading this to get more insight to the actual history in which case you may be better off reading a documentary type book rather than fiction.
This was well written and although I enjoyed it I did find it quite short, I think the story could have been a little more descriptive to get a better feel for the characters but, overall a brilliant book and one you will love if like me you adore Tudor history.
Firstly, you see who Anne Boleyn truly was through not a noblewoman's eyes, or a fellow wife of Henry's eyes, but through a total nobody's eyes, but someone who is intensely loyal and loving towards the doomed second wife.
I thought the book was the best from Laurien Gardner, because it explores everything that happened in Henry's court and from beginning to end leaves you feeling extremely sorry for Anne and furious at Henry for executing this beautiful, mysterious woman he'd dedicated 10 years of his life to, and running off with a pasty-faced woman with even more ambition than Anne.
Frances is also endearing, because of the love she shows towards her queen and her husband. It was very well-written and kept you totally gripped. It also brought forward less-known characters from the 1530s Tudor Court such as George Boleyn; every bit as fascinating and unique as his sister, Mary Boleyn, shown to be loving, but not quite as clever as her siblings, as well as minor characters like Mary Howard, part of that extremely ambitious family Anne was connected to.
All in all, it was a very good read, and the best of the 3 Laurien has wrote. Anne Boleyn was the woman of the 16th century, and yes Im biased, but in comparison Catherine and Jane's stories are nowhere near as compelling as that of the beautiful Protestant woman Henry made queen.
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