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The Queen's Promise: A fresh and gripping take on Anne Boleyn’s story Paperback – 28 Feb 2013
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A compelling historical epic set at the endlessly fascinating Tudor court about the most infamous woman of the age - Anne Boleyn - and the man who loved her before she became queen. From Sunday Times bestselling author Lyn Andrews.
About the Author
Lyn Andrews was born in Liverpool in 1944; her father Joseph was killed on D-Day just nine months later. Lyn was brought up in Liverpool and became a secretary before she married and gave birth to triplets. Once the children had gone to school Lyn began writing, and her first novel was quickly accepted for publication. She has since written over thirty books, many of them Sunday Times bestsellers.
Lyn lives on the Isle of Man, but spends many weeks of the year back on Merseyside, seeing her children and grandchildren.
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Lyn Andrews tells the story of Anne Boleyn and Lord Percy with the emphasis on the latter. In order to flesh out the story, the author uses the device of a fictional squire, Will Chatton. Will is a very sympathetic character and, as the novel progresses and things begin to go wrong for Lord Percy, his squire actually succeeds in life. Strangely, this lightens the mood of a book about a doomed love affair and also introduces a lot of interesting information about the Tudor court and life during that period. Overall, this is a very traditional historical novel (thankfully without the current vogue for a modern day narrator which seems to have been done to death with varying degrees of success) and the young lover's plight still causes you wonder "what if?" Anne and Henry Percy had been allowed to marry. Would the "King's great matter" have never reshaped a country and ended with the death of Anne, who was once just a young and vibrant woman who always dared to aim high.
Will Chatton is the fictional squire who tells the story and moves the plot along. There's nothing wrong with Will, he's a kind, bright young man but; the Percy/Boleyn relationship was far too sensitive to be seen through the eyes of a young boy. Might have worked better had the story been told by an older more influential servant or aristocrat.
The Queen's Promise is a traditional Tudor fiction and follows a tried and tested formula which is always popular. For me Anne Boleyn is something of a legend and the novel just doesn't capture her. If you'd like to know the real Anne then I'd like to suggest a non fiction:-
The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: The Most Happy.
This book looks at the secret betrothal between Anne and Henry Percy, intertwining the tales of Henry's advisor, the Boleyn Family, and tales from court, like a courtly Pavane.
A pleasant easy canter through Tudor times - great for all lovers of Tudor/Elizabethan court tales.
However, this is a novel about Anne Boleyn with a difference. Although she is the central character, she shares this billing with Henry Percy, heir to the earldom of Northumberland, a boy only a few years older than Anne herself and with whom her life is entwined. This novel also details the Percy heir's early life, painting a picture of the harshness of life on the Borders for a delicate, sensitive and cultured young man whose fine attributes were not considered of worth in the era in which he was born. Henry Percy's attempts to always do his duty and to fulfil the role expected of his despite his ill health and distaste for its privations are well described.
Other figures, such as the poor Will Chatton who Percy begs as his squire and Robert Aske, the young lawyer, also provide much in the way of rich insights into life in Tudor England as Lyn Andrews faithfully draws their characters throughout the novel.
The young Percy and Anne meet at court and become secretly betrothed, a fact which incurs the wrath not only of Percy's father, the 5th Earl of Northumberland, but also Cardinal Wolsey.Read more ›
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Couldn't put it down! 600 years on you feel for Henry Percy and Ann Boleyn and what might have been.Published 7 months ago by Eviecarole
I must first confess that this novel was purchased solely on it's subject matter. I have never previously read anything by the author and am lead to believe that this is her first... Read morePublished on 3 Dec. 2014 by Kenneth Hosick