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- Language: English
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Perseverance: A Novel of Anne Boleyn Kindle Edition
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Fenton has written an extremely captivating book about the life of Anne Boleyn, from the time that she first laid eyes upon Henry VIII to the moment of her execution. Her book is well written, focusing on the important moments in Anne’s life rather than getting bogged down by insignificant details. I have read several fictional novels over the years and some of them are extremely draining as they take too much time discussing and describing details of clothing, appearance, settings etc. rather on the important moments and discussions between characters. While details can be good to much of them can distract from the story line and I felt that Fenton got a perfect balance of story and details. Fenton’s book strays away from excessive detail description and focuses on the most important moments in Anne’s life, providing the reader with a wonderful insight into various events that helped to shape Anne’s life and history.
As I was reading I felt more and more drawn to Anne Boleyn and I felt that Fenton truly captured the very essence of Anne. She portrayed the heart and soul of Anne Boleyn, what made her tick, her spirit, her fire that drove her forward. She described the growing love between Henry VIII and Anne rather than portraying Anne as a vindictive seductress who wanted nothing more than to steal the King away from his first wife and become Queen. Instead of this inaccurate description of Anne Fenton shows a woman who fell in love with a man and a man who fell in love with a woman. She describes beautifully their growing relationship as it blossomed into a deep and passionate love. She then details the ups and downs of Henry and Anne’s marriage how one moment the pair were riding so high and how slowly this all seemed to crumble away. Fenton captured perfectly the desperation, the anger and the fear that Anne Boleyn must have felt as her relationship with Henry slowly disintegrated. Her portrayal of Anne Boleyn was extremely moving and I felt myself being swept away with these emotions, sometimes laughing and other times finding tears upon my cheeks.
In addition to being well written Fenton’s book is extremely well researched. I had the honour of following Fenton’s progress of writing and reading about the various sources and materials that she used to research deeper into the events and people that she was writing about. Where possible, Fenton used first hand sources to accurately describe the events and happenings during Anne’s life. A perfect example of this is Jane Parker, Lady Rochford, the wife of George Boleyn, Anne’s brother. Jane has often been portrayed in movies, television shows and various fictional novels as a vindictive, cold, calculating woman who gave evidence against her husband when George Boleyn was arrested for treason and incest. In fact the truth is very different. Accurate first hand sources detail that Anne Boleyn and Jane had a close relationship, Jane at one point risking her position at court to help her sister in law. There is nothing negative or destructive about Gorge and Jane’s relationship, neither is there any evidence to show that Jane testified against her husband. Fenton portrays Jane as a loving wife and a friend of Anne who genuinely cared about her sister in law and wanted to help her. Fenton has done a great deal of research and this is evident in the characters and events that are not only accurate but also have a great deal of depth.
Overall I thoroughly enjoyed this book. I will say with great confidence that this is one of the best fictional novels about Anne Boleyn’s life that I have ever read. At the end I was brought to tears, left sitting speechless as I stared at her book overwhelmed with how well it was written and how beautifully and accurately Anne Boleyn was portrayed. As I said previously I felt that Fenton truly captured the real spirit of Anne Boleyn and did this remarkable woman true justice in her book. I would strongly recommend this book to anyone interested in Anne Boleyn or wishing to read a moving, well written book about an amazing woman.
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