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The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory
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The Boleyn Inheritance (2006)

by Philippa Gregory

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Another historical novel by Philippe Gregory. The continuation of the story of the royal court of Henry VIII, a few years after the events in the previous book.

It is the story of the court, palaces, and wives of King Henry VIII. King Henry is an adult king approaching the age of 50, crippled and wounded in his leg, and still reigns in the kingdom.
The story told from three ribs, three female characters, each episode moving from one aspect to another, and so on.
All three are prominent women from the court.

Unlike the previous book I read non-stop, and it was full of events, in this book I felt that the writer simply tried to fill the pages with words. There is not much plot going on and worse, there's always a repetition of the same ideas. I also didn't like the fact that things presented in the previous book in one way now show the opposite. ( )
  Denizhorowits | Feb 10, 2019 |
Three women:
Jane Boleyn, (Georges's wife and Anne Boleyn's sister-in-law), used as a p0awn by the Duke of Norfolk,
Anne of, who may have escaped an awful family, for what other reason would she risk living so near Henry VIII after narroly escaping the block?
Katherin Howard, (the fifth wife) and a mere girl certainly not raised in court as a maid to the queen in France as Anne Boleyn was. They were cousins and both were beheaded.
It was a good book. The only part that bothered me was the over use of Henry VIII being old enough to be Katherin's father or even her grandfather. ( )
  VhartPowers | Dec 27, 2018 |
This might be my favorite Philippa Gregory book. The three interwoven narratives are emotional and suspenseful, which is no small feat in historical fiction! ( )
  bookishblond | Oct 24, 2018 |
I love the way Philippa Gregory gives the reader such insight into the characters of history. The details are rich, and help put everything in context. These three women were all trapped in the circumstances of their lives, and each handled the situation so differently. Well done! ( )
  TheBibliophage | Mar 20, 2018 |
Typical Phillipa Gregory fun read. I especially liked the way the chapters were told from the first person of three women: Jane Rochford (widow of George Boleyn) whose testimony sent her husband and sister-in-law, Anne to their deaths. Anne of Cleaves, the only wife of Henry VIII to survive the marriage, and Katherine Howard, fifteen, foolish, and married to the obese, mad Henry.

Basically the story stays very true to history, but of course the narratives are all imagined. Just a good fun read. ( )
  maryreinert | Oct 22, 2017 |
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Three women who share one fate: the Boleyn Inheritance

ANNE OF CLEVES: She runs from her tiny country, her hateful mother, and her abusive brother to a court ruled by the terror of a vengeful king who despises her. Her Boleyn Inheritance: accusations and false witness.

KATHERINE HOWARD: She is in love -- but not with the diseased old man who made her queen and beds her night after night. Her Boleyn Inheritance: the threat of the axe.

JANE ROCHFORD: She is the Boleyn girl whose testimony sent her husband and sister-in-law to their deaths. Throughout Europe, her name is a byword for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust. Her Boleyn Inheritance: a fortune and a title, in exchange for her soul.

The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror. Once again, Philippa Gregory is at her intelligent, page-turning best.

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Three women who share one fate: The Boleyn Inheritance: Anne of Cleves: She runs from her tiny country, her hateful mother, and her abusive brother to a throne whose last three occupants are dead. King Henry VIII, her new husband, instantly dislikes her. Without friends, family, or even an understanding of the language being spoken around her, she must literally save her neck in a court ruled by a deadly game of politics and the terror of an unpredictable and vengeful king. Her Boleyn Inheritance: accusations and false witnesses. Katherine Howard: She catches the king's eye within moments of arriving at court, setting in motion the dreadful machine of politics, intrigue, and treason that she does not understand. She only knows that she is beautiful, that men desire her, that she is young and in love -- but not with the diseased old man who made her queen, beds her night after night, and killed her cousin Anne. Her Boleyn Inheritance: the threat of the axe. Jane Rochford: She is the Boleyn girl whose testimony sent her husband and sister-in-law to their deaths. She is the trusted friend of two threatened queens, the perfectly loyal spy for her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, and a canny survivor in the murderous court of a most dangerous king. Throughout Europe, her name is a byword for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust. Her Boleyn Inheritance: a fortune and a title, in exchange for her soul. The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about a court ruled by the gallows and three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror. Once again, Philippa Gregory has brought a vanished world to life -- the whisper of a silk skirt on a stone stair, the yellow glow of candlelight illuminating a hastily written note, the murmurs of the crowd gathering on Tower Green below the newly built scaffold. In The Boleyn Inheritance Gregory is at her intelligent and page-turning best.Includes discussion questions.… (more)

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