The Boleyn Inheritance

The Boleyn Inheritance

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Novel brings the women of Henry VIII's court vividly to life. Among the cast, who alternately narrate: Henry's fourth wife, Bavarian-born Anne of Cleves; his fifth wife, English teenager Catharine Howard; and Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn), the jealous spouse whose testimony helped send her husband, Thomas, and sister-in-law Anne Boleyn to their execution. Attended by Lady Rochford, 24-year-old Anne of Cleves endures a disastrous first encounter with the twice-her-age king—an occasion where Henry takes notice of Catharine Howard. Gregory beautifully explains Anne of Cleves's decision to stay in England after her divorce, and offers contemporary descriptions of Lady Rochford's madness. While Gregory renders Lady Rochford with great emotion, and Anne of Cleves with sympathy, her most captivating portrayal is Catharine, the clever yet naïve 16th-century adolescent counting her gowns and trinkets.
Publisher: London : HarperCollins, c2006
Description: 518 p. ; 25 cm
ISBN: 9780007190324
0007190328
Branch Call Number: Greg

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CCrumley60
Mar 07, 2020

March 2020. Loaned to me by Eileen.
Very good historical fiction depicting the madness of King Henry VII mid 16th century.

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cathycura3
Dec 30, 2019

Philippa Gregory has a excellent command of the historical era and time period. She really brings to life the various Queens and woman during those dark decades. They had no say and were nothing more than cheap goods bought, sold or disposed of at an open market. These were woman who were commanded to be obedient, subservient and silent in word and deed or face the block or be burned at the stake. Her writing is riveting, heart-pounding and heart-wrenching. Immersing oneself into one of her novels will transport you to the court of Henry the VIII and wanting to know more about there twisted fate and this very twisted King.

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robinandrews10
Feb 12, 2019

This is one of my favorite Philippa Gregory novels. Excellent read.

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MargieAnn
Mar 28, 2013

Loved every bit of it.

sasha21 Nov 25, 2011

I absolutely LUV all books by Philippa Gregory!!!!

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lmpoulson
Aug 25, 2011

Brilliant book. My only complaints being it was pretty slow moving and a few chapters could definitely have been eliminated and it wouldn't have made a shred of difference. But overall, brilliant story, fantastic research, amazing writer. Loved it.

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stasiaandkksmom
May 17, 2011

This book is AMAZING! couldn't put it down! want to read it again and aagain!

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beverlymccool
Apr 18, 2011

Fantastic!! Make sure to read "The Other Boleyn Girl" first and you'll know everything thats going on. If you like historical fiction, you'll enjoy this.

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zipread
Feb 24, 2011

Gregory's book, one of historical fiction is set in England during the tumultuous time of Henry VIII. The novel is a story about many things, chief among them being fear.
Henry, having disposed of his first three wives, sends for Anne of Cleves, betrothed to him by her manipulating brother. Anne arrives in England neither speaking the local language nor knowledgeable of the local politics.
When she is assaulted by a fat, ugly, flatulent, stinking old man who kisses her fully on the lips she shoves him away, wipes her lips and spits out his spittle. Too bad she didn't know it was really Henry, her future husband, in masques, a man who still saw himself as a handsome young man --- not the corpulent, aged king he had become.
From that moment on Anne's fate has been sealed. And it isn't sealed for the best.
This is a novel about fear: the fear of the accused, the fear of the innocent,
It's about absolutand the power and absolute corruption when the king talks to god and god replies saying whatever the king wishes him to say and the king is not accountable to anyone but his aqpricious self.
And what about suspense?
Who will live, who will die, who will tell on whom, who will meet the executioner? Who will live, who will survive? That is the suspense. And it is there in spades.
A good book to read? You bet? Can't put it down? Ditto.

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B_Mammen
Nov 09, 2010

I find this an Interesting way of setting up the format for this book.

Individual chapters for each character, place and date and proceeding by this method to tell an interesting story from history.

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HylaryL
Jan 25, 2010

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HylaryL
Jan 25, 2010

Philippa Gregory continues her account of life in the court of Henry VIII, this time focusing on the experiences of three women: Anne of Cleves, Jane Boleyn, and Katherine Howard. The novel shows the way in which the marriages of Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard to King Henry intertwine with Jane Boleyn's struggle to redeem herself following the execution of her husband and sister-in-law, Anne and George Boleyn. The story's twists and turns demonstrate the volatility of the court life during the reign of Henry VIII, as well as the precarious position of women as pawns in the ambitions of men.

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HylaryL
Jan 25, 2010

Sexual Content: This title contains Sexual Content.

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