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The Boleyn Inheritance | [Philippa Gregory]

The Boleyn Inheritance

It is 1539, and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing, sickly king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife. The dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves, who has her own reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, Anne senses a trap closing around her.
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It is 1539, and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing, sickly king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife. The dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves, who has her own reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, Anne senses a trap closing around her.

Katherine Howard is confident that she can follow in the steps of Anne Boleyn and dazzle her way to the throne, but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn knows that Anne's path led to Tower Green - to an adulterer's death.

©2006 Philippa Gregory Ltd; (P)2006 RNIB

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"History without tears, except for the enjoyable sort...delicious." (The Times)

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    Caroline Linden, Alberta, Canada 01-04-09
    Caroline Linden, Alberta, Canada 01-04-09 Member Since 2006
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    "I'm glad I downloaded it!"

    I thoroughly enjoyed "The Boleyn Inheritance" and would highly recommend it. The three narrators do a very good job of bringing each of the main characters to life.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Babs Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-16-08
    Babs Ottawa, ON, Canada 03-16-08 Member Since 2004

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    "Good for shattering glass"

    I enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and was looking forward to the next chapter in the saga. But I lasted only a couple of hours with this one before my ears begged me to stop. There are three narrators here, and the one voicing Katharine Howard has such a high-pitched helium voice that I found it intolerable. When the character gets agitated, the voice rises -- I feared that the neighborhood dogs would gather and that I'd have to replace every glass in the house. Could be a good book but I'll never know.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Mobilis saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 02-09-10
    Mobilis saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada 02-09-10
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    "Engrossing & absorbing"

    There are a number of books and movies that focus on the life and death of Anne Boleyn, so it's very nice to see some attention paid to some of the other doomed brides of Henry VIII.

    I find that many novels of this genre can be a little dry, but I found this to be an entertaining, interesting listen. The book itself is nicely written, and the narration is absolutely excellent.

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    Mary Alberta, Canada 03-15-13
    Mary Alberta, Canada 03-15-13 Member Since 2010
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    "Amazing story! characters brillantly alive"

    Anyone who knows me would never believe I would enjoy a book about court intrigue in Tudor times. But I was so taken with the way Ms Gregory drew the charcters & kept the plot line moving! Katherine Howard was beautifully shown to be an innocent pawn of the Duke of Norwich. I kept hoping he would be found out and put in his place until the bitter end.

    I will be listening to each book in the series and recommend you listen to at least one of Phillipa Gregory's book of the series you will get so much enjoyment that I envy you the new experience!

    thank you for reading my review; I hope it helps

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    Dewhurst-Phillips Ulverstone, Australia 06-30-12
    Dewhurst-Phillips Ulverstone, Australia 06-30-12
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    "History for the ladies"

    I like the characterisations in this audio. It is like a series of diary entries from the different characters, who are of various ages and roles in the story. I have no idea if it's historically correct but it's enjoyable.

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    Barbara Ancaster, Ontario, Canada 10-08-10
    Barbara Ancaster, Ontario, Canada 10-08-10 Member Since 2010
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    "Excellent"

    I have read many versions of the life and loves of Henry VIII and I can honestly say, I enjoyed the Boleyn Inheritance more than most. The narrators were wonderful and the girl portraying Katherine Howard was excellent. She did a marvellous job portraying just how silly and immature the poor girl was. I laughed at her many antics and couldn't help but feel sorry for her unfortunate end at such a young age.
    This is the first Philippa Gregory I have read but it won't be the last. She has just joined my list of 'must reads' I can thoroughy recommend this book.

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  • Kelly
    Leamington SpaUnited Kingdom
    5/8/07
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    I wasn't sure I was going to like this book at first. I'm not always a great fan of the letter-like use of the first tense and it took me a while to get used to the three voices and the style. I very glad I did though. The book starts when Anne of Cleaves is sitting for her portrait and hoping to be chosen to be the fourth wife of Henry VIII. She is, of course, successful, and falls in love with England as she travels to meet her husband to be. Unfortunately, her first meeting with the King goes disasterously wrong and the marriage is doomed from this point onwards. When she is divorced, part of the settlement is Boleyn land and property - one of the two forms of Boleyn Inheritance. Anne's story is interspersed with two others: that of Jane Boleyn, and Katherine Howard, Anne Boleyn's cousin. Jane's husband George was beheaded with Anne Boleyn after the two were accused by Jane herself as being lovers. Katherine, young, vain, and naive takes the eye of Henry when Anne of Cleaves and Henry first meet and later becomes his 'rose without a thorn' and the wife he hopes is his true companion. If you know your history, you know how Katherine's story ends. Philipa Gregory takes well known historical fact and creates three fascinating and interrelated stories full of hope, longing, the machiavelian and controlling Duke of Norfolk, and intense fear of Henry and the scaffold.

    12 of 12 people found this review helpful
  • S
    Farnborough, Hants, United Kingdom
    2/7/09
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    "Fantastic"

    Read 'The Other Boleyn Girl' first (but don't bother with the recent film version!)
    It took me days to get through 'The Boleyn Inheritance'(and many piles of ironing!) but it was worth it. I became immersed in the characters and it made history 'come alive'. Definately my favourite of the series!

    4 of 4 people found this review helpful
  • Julie
    Westcliff, Essex, United Kingdom
    4/30/08
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    "Best so far!"

    This is by definately my favourite audiobook so far. The story is very cleverly written and I could not get enough of it.

    This wonderful author was perfectly complimented by the narrator

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
  • Audrey
    St Albans, Herts, United Kingdom
    11/15/08
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    "The Boleyn Inheritance"

    I have admired this authors work for a long time, but listening to this book with the 3 narators was the best experience I have had of her writing. The portrayal of the 3 characters with 3 separate voices was enspired and made the book all the more interesting. I particularly liked the narator of Katherine howard and the voice of the narator personified the very young feather-brained girl to a T. My only wish is that I knew who read each character and not that there were 3 readers with no idea who read which part. The whole picture of the Kings court and everyone in it were made vivid by these 3 readers and the authors stunning writing speaks for itself.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
  • Gill
    7/8/14
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    "Another winner from Philippa Gregory"
    Would you consider the audio edition of The Boleyn Inheritance to be better than the print version?

    I haven't read the print version, so can't comment on that, but I loved the fact that there were three narrators, each with their own character.


    What other book might you compare The Boleyn Inheritance to, and why?

    It is unlike any other I have read.


    Which character – as performed by the narrators – was your favourite?

    My favourite character was Anne of Cleaves, although Catherine Howard's character was full of humour - even at the end when she faced the block.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Although darkly humorous I found the moment when Catherine asks that the Block be brought to her room in the Tower so that she might rehearse her final scene was so poignant it brought a tear to my eye.


    Any additional comments?

    This book is narrated chronologically by the three characters: Anne of Cleaves, Jane Boleyn, and Catherine Howard. Their lives are inextricably linked by Henry VIII, and through their eyes we see just what a tyrant he had become and how nobody in his realm who fell foul of him was safe. Was he the Greatest King or the Greatest Monster to rule England?

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • Diane
    Eastbourne,, United Kingdom
    2/2/14
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    "Thoroughly enjoyable"

    I read this book a few years ago and really enjoyed it but I think listening to it was even better, this is cleverly written and the three narrators are perfect as Jane Boleyn, Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard, they do a brilliant job with a great story. I would definately recommend this if you want to lose yourself in the world of the Tudor court.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
  • MrsFrank
    4/17/09
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    I thoroughly enjoyed this book, I liked the format with the three readers, and I know that this is historical fiction not historical fact, but I found it hard to believe that Catherine Howard can have been quite so brainless!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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