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A novel filled with fresh insights into the story of Henry VIII's second - and most infamous - wife, Anne Boleyn. The new book in the epic Six Tudor Queens series, from the acclaimed historian and best-selling author of Katherine of Aragon.

It is the spring of 1527. Henry VIII has come to Hever Castle in Kent to pay court to Anne Boleyn. He is desperate to have her. For this mirror of female perfection he will set aside his queen and all Cardinal Wolsey's plans for a dynastic French marriage.

Anne Boleyn is not so sure. She loathes Wolsey for breaking her betrothal to the Earl of Northumberland's son, Harry Percy, whom she had loved. She does not welcome the king's advances; she knows that she can never give him her heart. But hers is an opportunist family. And whether Anne is willing or not, they will risk it all to see their daughter on the throne.

©2017  Alison Weir (P)2017 Recorded Books

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Anne's Other Side

With her uncanny ability to bring historical facts to living color, Alison has brought life and some notoriety to an otherwise overlooked character in King Henry's repertoire. Previously, I thought only of Anne as a conniving wench who used her sexuality to lure a king and displace a queen.
Fancy or fact, she has become someone of substance and conscience who let jealousy, greed, and power lead her into the sins that ultimately sealed her fate. She, perhaps inadvertently and selfishly, gave credence and fuel to the Protestant reformation and exposure to the corruption that had insidiously overtaken the church at that time.
I definitely recommend this novel and the author for great creativity, insight and intrigue.

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Very good read

This is a case of truth is stranger than fiction. You cannot make up this stuff up!

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nice perspectives

good twist and perspective on the Anne Boleyn story. Still a tragedy but she's not wholly a victim or villian. liked it.

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Great but too quiet.

Great story, when I could hear it. When the story called for quiet talk, it was whispered so quietly that I could only hear it with earphones from my Kindle Keyboard. I like the narrator's voice, she did both men's and women's voices very well, just needs to be louder. I love Alison Weir's historical stories and her habit of putting the year at the beginning of each chapter.

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Obsessed!

What did you like about this audiobook?

Alison Weir really brings the Tudors to life. A richly detailed biography of this ambitious, and doomed, young woman. Weir weaves in Boelyn's quest for power over love and Henry VIII's determination to make her his queen. For anyone who is obsessed with the wives of Henry VIII, this is an excellent series. I'm looking forward to the other biographies.

How has the book increased your interest in the subject matter?

I'm even more curious about the other Tudor wives and the king's descent into madness.

What did you find wrong about the narrator's performance?

The audio performance is engaging. She is able to bring to life the individual voices.

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Very entertaining!

I knew Weir would make a saint out of C of A in her first book, and I assumed she would skewer AB in this book. I do love Weir's writing style (but got tired of the overuse of the word "sumptuous"). I do not believe C of A was poisoned by George Boleyn. I don't believe she was required to watch the executions of the men condemned with her, but will do some research on that. I do believe, however, that AB was ambitious. You have to make the best of the situation, and if you can't marry for love and you can't get away from the king's grasp, you may as well roll with it. Like her head did in the last 5 minutes of the book-AB was still conscious and thinking and seeing, even after her head was off. I found that part incredibly ghoulish.

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Interesting and Compelling

I found this to be a refreshing telling of Anne Boleyn's story - without the usual salacious foreshadowing that often comes with Anne's story. Rather than merely chronicling events as they happened, Weir chose to let them unfold only through Anne's perception. This was a more pious Anne than is often portrayed, perhaps more researched and realistic. I enjoyed this very much. The narration was excellent.

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Great Book

Fantastic read, great overall view of Anne and her complex relationship with Henry. Recommend read for anyone that wants to learn about this woman.

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Every ounce of this book was Amazing!

Alison Weir has out done herself again. I can not wait for the 3rd rf installment.

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Fantastic

Another fantastic book from Weir. This take on Anne Boleyn's life and entanglements with King Henry is interesting. For Tudor England lovers this book is a must.

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