Now, a retired anthropologist with the time to listen to books as I weave, quilt and crank out functional fabrics for fun :)
What did a 13 year old girl need to know to survive a life in the court of King Henry the eighth; a lot more than you might think. But in Philippa Gregory's work, the reader will discover the most intimate and visceral of necessary knowledge.
The style and flow of this book reads much like the author's other works about the Tudor court and years of war that preceded it. It is good to read all of these books of richly worded English History in the sequence of time rather than the order they were written.
The fine writing and narration of this book gives the reader not only the feel but the smell of what it took for Mary Boleyn to escape the court then ride alone to a distant hamlet. It was not only the courage it took to leave, but the courage and knowledge it took for her to ride her horse for days, negotiate for food and safe havens to sleep, then stand before her Knight, pungent with the smell of horse and unwashed woman, hoping with all her being that she would not be turned away.
I would want to go back in time to interview Mary Boleyn Stafford as a grandmother on hearing all that would happen to the many wives of her past royal lover and what she thought of the social & religious upheavals that followed the beheading of her sister. Other than that, I would not miss the chance to listen to the servants and musicians who were also first hand witnesses.
If my history classes and reading assignments had been this much fun I would have been far more attentive.
I enjoyed the novel the same way I enjoy most of this author's works. I loved the literary devices and the author's choice to tell Anne Boleyn's story from her sister's point of view. I did, however, struggle with the quantity of the racy bits. I felt like this story was a little pornographic, and while I don't shy from people writing about sex (it being a part of human life, after all) I felt like many passages could have been written more discreetly. This isn't a book I want to keep in my library or one that I'd want on my shelves.
ABSOLUTELY AWESOME!!! I enjoyed this book so much more than I thought I would!! I'm so glad I got it and loved every minute of it. longest book I have listened to and without a doubt in the top three. enjoy!!
Philippa Gregory has the most annoying habit of
fabricating key historical facts and completely ommiting others. But in this particular case they are not totally unforgivable, EXCEPT where she said Anne adopted Mary's son. A totally unnecessary fabrication that does not move the story on in the least, and in fact she struggles with it later in the story. The one ommision I object to is the fact that it was well known that Mary Boleyn got a bad reputation in France as a young girl, and that is totally overlooked here. However, I really did enjoy this story best out of all her books that I've read so far. It's nice to have it written from a single point of view, it reduces all the redundancy and circular writing that is so headache inducing in other of her books. I really enjoyed the sibling's relationships with each other, it was delightful. The story is not rushed,
making for a long, comfortable read.
since I have been on disability for the last few years I have been interested in king Henry 8 not his wives. of all the movies, TV shows and some books, Gregory has given me a greater insight on them. I always wondered about the history of Queen Katherine and Anne Boleyn and mistress Mary Boleyn. thank you.
I have heard amazing things about this author an love historical fiction but I had never been drawn to the Tudor court. I decided to give this a try when it was on sale, and I am so thankful I did!!! I was blown away and couldn't put it down! (or take the earbuds out) I will now be getting the whole series, I want more! The narration was superb as well!!
I liked that I got a history lesson that read like a novel. The narrator was perfect . If I were to question anything it would be the true amount of historical fact. But as an avid listener, I was very satisfied with the novel.