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review The Boleyn Inheritance 103 Ê Librarian's note This is an alternate cover edition ISBN 0007190336 ISBN13 9780007190331Three women one prize the crown of EnglandThe year is 1539 Henry VIII must take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings she can seAn Jane Boleyn is haunted by the past and the Boleyn inheritance of suspicion betrayal and death In this time of upheaval and uncertainty these three young women must try to survive the most volatile court in Europ. This installment in the Tudor series was Philippa Gregory at her best giving life to some of the least known or understood characters of the Tudor era Two ueens one perpetual lady in waiting and the ever cunning Duke of Norfolk make this story gripping and frighteningFirst there is Anne of Cleves a twenty four year old ueen who reigns some six months but is savvy enough to survive being disposed of by Henry VIII a feat that few of his wives could boast Anyone familiar with her story must have wondered why she elected to stay in England after Henry set her aside for Katherine Howard and how she managed to become regarded as his “sister” after she had been his wife We are mostly told by historians that he found her ugly but Gregory’s explanations are far believable and credible than that and she gives this shadowy ueen lifeNext there is Katherine Howard the fifteen year old who is beheaded like her cousin Anne Boleyn but with much less fanfare Little is known in actuality about Katherine with exception of an extant letter from her to her lover Thomas Culpepper Gregory makes her a pretty and foolish teenager taken with the limelight and repulsed by the fetid old man whom no one can deny Henry VIII had become Again there is no doubt that this is who she might have been as plausible a portrait as anyone could draw without having information to draw onThe third woman we are allowed to see closely is Jane Boleyn Ah here much is known and even imagined but this is a portrait of Jane that is somehow removed from the cold and calculating portrait we normally see Not that she is warm or soft or lovable but she is here human and pitiableIn fact even Henry himself is different in this account than in any of the previous ones but this incarnation seems to be the logical outgrowth of what has come before a madman and in many ways a monster How else to explain a man who would bed a fifteen year old thinking she desires him or behead a seventeen year old girl because she does notI have three installments in the PlantagenetTudor series and I am certain I will miss having another to look forward to when I have completed them all

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Own of England is won by Anne of Cleves Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings she can sense a trap closing around herKatherine Howard meanwhile is to flirt her way to the throne But her kinswom. I read The Other Boleyn Girl first and that book should bow down to this one The books hardly compare This one is by far the better book Although I greatly enjoyed both for me this one was told in such a uniue way and by women I didn't know much about that it grabbed me from the beginning It tells the story from three different perspectives One unexpected and extremley interesting the wife of Anne Boleyn's brother now a widow Lady Rochford Jane Boleyn is now a bitter older women wanting to be kept involved in court life and is haunted by a past mistake It then switches to Anne of Cleves She is sitting and being painted This portrait will be sent to the King There he sends for her to become his wife When he sees her he is disgusted by her How can she handle such a situation with a hateful brother back home and a hateful husband in England The third person is Henry's eventual fifth wife the young teenage Katherine Howard She is young foolish and loose and has no idea that her fate will lead her to the King and her mistakes to her death This story weaves three extrelmely interesting and entertaing stories into one It is told in an engaging way and it makes you want to keep turning the pages It is one of the best Elizabethean historical fiction I have read and defintley my favorite by this amazing author It will captivate you and move you

Philippa Gregory ï 3 review

The Boleyn InheritanceLibrarian's note This is an alternate cover edition ISBN 0007190336 ISBN13 9780007190331Three women one prize the crown of EnglandThe year is 1539 Henry VIII must take another wife and the dangerous prize of the cr. You have to hand it to Philippa Gregory — she creates a lot of suspense out of a story everyone knows the ending to Normally I don’t much go in for historical fiction but this was available at the library on cd and I had a road trip coming up so in the words of Katherine Howard “Voilà” I was entertained though not enthralled The novel spans Henry VIII’s marriages to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard and is narrated by three women Anne Katherine and Lady Rochford Jane Boleyn sister in law of beheaded Anne Boleyn Anne of Cleves is both intelligent and honorable and I felt for her as she slowly realizes that she’d exchanged the humiliations of her brother’s court for the life threatening humiliations of Henry’s court The only problem with Anne is her repetitive “realizations” of Henry’s insanity “I think he must be mad”; “I fear the king is mad” “The country is ruled by a madman” How many times can you be surprised by this Anyway it got a bit old as did her droning on about her life being in danger especially as we already know she doesn't end up beheaded Remember the rhyme Divorced beheaded died; divorced beheaded survived And besides Henry VIII wasn't insane just selfish and corrupt The truly mad character is Lady Rochford who yearns to return to the same court that had decimated her family a few years before Even unbelievably she is shocked — shocked — when her uncle the Duke of Norfolk proves as duplicitously self serving as ever I mean isn’t it obvious that if a man will throw one niece under the bus he’d throw another one Her machinations seem doomed from the start simply because of who she's taking orders from The real star of the show however is Katherine Howard the endearingly materialistic shallow short sighted teenage successor to Anne of Cleves She’s not so much stupid as supremely unintellectual with a genius for flirtation and blindness to danger Surprisingly I found myself rooting for this self serving little hussy who didn't think twice about feigning ecstasy with a disgusting old man if it meant she'd get a new dress There's something refreshing about a person who doesn't know you're supposed to hide your materialism In the audiobook the women are narrated by three different actresses which adds immeasurably to the individual voice of each character —Katherine’s portrayal was spectacular Fun to listen to on a drive though I wouldn't waste the time to read it