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In Bed with Anne Boleyn: A Novel

by Smith Lacey Baldwin

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Truly awful. I really hope this was ghost written, or at least the 'fiction' parts were.

It was supposed to be a historical novel looking at another possible interpretation of the whole Anne Boleyn fiasco. What actually happened was half the book being dry, boring, not even relevant historical details (e.g. lists of exact costs of items) presented as jarringly out of place thoughts by the main characters, then the other half consisting of the most godawful sex scenes I've ever read.

Speaking of the sex scenes, it was ok and possible meant to be sexy(?) in this book that a woman was so attractive men couldn't be resist raping her. Also, the entire book was written through the eyes of the male characters only, with Anne Boleyn and every other woman mentioned (except Katherine of Aragon and Princess Mary) portrayed as evil seductive whores. Those poor helpless men... Bonus: Jane Parker was an actual witch.

Poorly proofread as well, there were typos galore, and people and place names were often wrong.

In short, just don't bother. ( )
  Lisa17 | Jul 27, 2015 |
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This is the story of the beautiful and enigmatic Anne Boleyn viewed through the eyes of two men who knew her intimately: Mark Smeaton, the king's favourite musician and exquisite songster, and Thomas Cromwell, the king's chief minister and fixer. These three members of Henry's court are caught up in an era of appalling religious bigotry and suppressed passions. Henry's subjects are expected to 'Love, obey and honour their prince not only outwardly in their bodies but also inwardly in their hearts'. Queen Anne is tempted into a form of treason and open adultery in an effort to save herself and her dynasty; Smeaton is faced with the ghastly punishment of painful mutilation and human degradation; and Cromwell tries his best to introduce a note of rationality and mercy. This is a brutal tale of rivalry, sex and jealousy set against the sumptuous sheets of the king's bedchamber, where dynasties were made and lives destroyed.… (more)

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