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  • The Kiss of the Concubine

  • A Story of Anne Boleyn
  • By: Judith Arnopp
  • Narrated by: Alex Lee
  • Length: 11 hrs and 46 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (137 ratings)

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The Kiss of the Concubine

By: Judith Arnopp
Narrated by: Alex Lee
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Publisher's summary

January 28, 1547. It is almost midnight, and the cream of English nobility hold their breath as King Henry VIII prepares to face his God. As the royal physicians wring their hands and Archbishop Cranmer gallops through the frigid night, two dispossessed princesses pray for their father's soul, and a boy, soon to be king, snivels into his velvet sleeve.

Time slows, and dread settles around the royal bed, the candles dip, and something stirs in the darkness...something, or someone, has come to tell the king it is time to pay his dues.

The Kiss of the Concubine is the story of Anne Boleyn, the second of Henry VIII's queens.

©2013 Judith Arnopp (P)2018 Judith Arnopp

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Haunting

I was captivated by the beginning, with Anne visiting Henry at his end. I think it’s a beautiful and haunting way of bringing Anne to life. I felt like this story was a much kinder and realistic telling of her, which still included the things she was certainly guilty of, but acknowledging her goodness and not making her an evil witch with a b. I thoroughly enjoyed this version and I felt like it really grasped the love that Henry and Anne had. I have always been of the mind that Henry loved Anne up until the end, and this does a perfect job of explaining my feelings about it. The authors note has some particularly good thoughts on it, and how it contributes to his later cruelty and actions. A haunting and beautifully done piece of work. I’m running not walking to Judith’s Katherine Parr piece.