The enigmatic Anne Boleyn comes to life in this charming, brilliant portrayal by acclaimed British novelist Margaret Campbell Barnes. The infamous love of King Henry VIII and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn undertook a rocky journey from courtier to Queen of England. A meticulous researcher, Barnes immerses readers in this intrigue and in the lush, glittery world of the Tudor Court. The beauty and charms of Anne Boleyn bewitched the most powerful man in the world, King Henry VIII, but her resourcefulness and cleverness were not enough to stop the malice of her enemies. Her swift rise to power quickly became her own undoing. Barnes brings to light Boleyn s humanity and courage, giving readers an intimate look at a young woman struggling to find her own way in a world dominated by men and adversaries. For Anglophiles and history buffs alike, Brief Gaudy Hour is a joy.