Calhoun, KY, United States | Member Since 2015
This story is told to readers by Meg, a friend of Anne Boleyn. In real life, Byrd used the story of Anne's friend, Anne Gainsford who was reportedly in the Tower with her when she died, but the obvious confusion that could come in a book made her change the name to Meg. It's a wonderful work of fiction and a different take on history's bias.
Anne Boleyn is in the spotlights these days and I'm getting a bit tired of her, but this book is the story of one of her ladies-in-waiting so I was intrigued. It's a totally different portrayal of Anne, one that's not so much a seductress as one that is swept up in Henry VIII's vanity and obsession to get anything he wants. She's not exactly innocent but she's not the schemer she's usually portrayed as. And she has a big hand in the Reformation in England.
While we see the familiar story of Anne and Henry play out, we learn a lot about Meg, this girl who grew up near the Boleyns and was friends with a young Anne before she ran off to France and learn the art of seduction. You get a good understanding of how women were treated at the time, used as pawns, and how allowing a woman to be educated could create a lot of problems for the men in their lives because, God forbid, they can think for themselves.
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