The Boleyn Inheritance

The Boleyn Inheritance Three Women Who Share One Fate The Boleyn InheritanceAnne of Cleves She runs from her tiny country her hateful mother and her abusive brother to a throne whose last three occupants are dead King Hen

Three Women Who Share One Fate The Boleyn InheritanceAnne of Cleves She runs from her tiny country, her hateful mother, and her abusive brother to a throne whose last three occupants are dead King Henry VIII, her new husband, instantly dislikes her Without friends, family, or even an understanding of the language being spoken around her, she must literally save her neckThree Women Who Share One Fate The Boleyn InheritanceAnne of Cleves She runs from her tiny country, her hateful mother, and her abusive brother to a throne whose last three occupants are dead King Henry VIII, her new husband, instantly dislikes her Without friends, family, or even an understanding of the language being spoken around her, she must literally save her neck in a court ruled by a deadly game of politics and the terror of an unpredictable and vengeful king Her Boleyn Inheritance accusations and false witnesses.Katherine HowardShe catches the king s eye within moments of arriving at court, setting in motion the dreadful machine of politics, intrigue, and treason that she does not understand She only knows that she is beautiful, that men desire her, that she is young and in love but not with the diseased old man who made her queen, beds her night after night, and killed her cousin Anne Her Boleyn Inheritance the threat of the axe.Jane RochfordShe is the Boleyn girl whose testimony sent her husband and sister in law to their deaths She is the trusted friend of two threatened queens, the perfectly loyal spy for her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, and a canny survivor in the murderous court of a most dangerous king Throughout Europe, her name is a byword for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust Her Boleyn Inheritance a fortune and a title, in exchange for her soul.The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn t

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  1. Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins War now known as The War of the Roses and a new era for the acclaimed author.Gregory lives with her family on a small farm in Yorkshire, where she keeps horses, hens and ducks Visitors to her site, PhilippaGregory become addicted to the updates of historical research, as well as the progress of her ducklings.Her other great interest is the charity she founded nearly twenty years ago Gardens for The Gambia She has raised funds and paid for 140 wells in the primary schools of the dry, poverty stricken African country Thousands of school children have learned market gardening, and drunk the fresh water in the school gardens around the wells.A former student of Sussex University, and a PhD and Alumna of the Year 2009 of Edinburgh University, her love for history and her commitment to historical accuracy are the hallmarks of her writing She also reviews for US and UK newspapers, and is a regular broadcaster on television, radio, and webcasts from her website Philipa s Facebook page facebook PhilippaGregoryOfficial

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  1. The story of Henry the VIII s less well known wives, Katherine Howard and Anne of Cleves, as told by themselves and Jane Boleyn, sister in law of the doomed Queen Anne What Gregory does well is utilize the known history to augment her fiction Her characters might well share the motives of the Tudors Co, and if they don t, well, they re still highly plausible and enjoyably readable Not a subtle book by any means the phrase the Boleyn Inheritance is used no less than 2 million times but totally im [...]


  2. You have to hand it to Philippa Gregory she creates a lot of suspense out of a story everyone knows the ending to Normally I don t much go in for historical fiction, but this was available at the library on cd and I had a road trip coming up, so, in the words of Katherine Howard, Voil I was entertained, though not enthralled The novel spans Henry VIII s marriages to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard, and is narrated by three women Anne, Katherine, and Lady Rochford Jane Boleyn, sister in law o [...]


  3. Das war ein perfektes Buch Spannend von vorne bis hinten, au ergew hnliche Charaktere und ein wundervoller, fl ssiger und inspirierender Schreibstil Author s Note Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard are the two wives of Henry VIII whom we know least as is so often the case, we think we know them well In this fictional account of the real facts I have tried to get past the convention that one wife was ugly and the other stupid, to consider the lives and circumstances of these two very young women [...]


  4. I m a sucker for Tudor historicals It never gets old reading about the six queens of Henry VIII, and it gives me a serious appreciation for my daily life after reading about the dangers of living in the past Having a tendency to stick my foot in my mouth results in social ostracism these days for me, in the past, I could have been beheaded, raped, drawn, tortured, disemboweled, boiled alive.And if I m lucky, it would have been done in that order.While it s no torture reading this book, I did fin [...]


  5. Oh, bad historical fiction, how I love thee I must confess that I had a hard time putting this down, much like its prequel The Other Boleyn Girl To be fair, the historical research is impressive, with the author using the most up to date resources and theories available about the reign of Henry VIII, but stille sex scenes The maidens The lack of discussion of politics and historical context Never mind, it was a great read and I m sure I ll reread both books in a couple of years Hah I was already [...]


  6. I read The Other Boleyn Girl first and that book should bow down to this one The books hardly compare This one is by far the better book Although I greatly enjoyed both, for me this one was told in such a unique way and by women I didn t know much about that it grabbed me from the beginning It tells the story from three different perspectives One unexpected and extremley interesting the wife of Anne Boleyn s brother, now a widow Lady Rochford Jane Boleyn is now a bitter older women wanting to be [...]


  7. Hmm I recommend The Boleyn Inheritance NO.Here s why 1 It makes me acutely aware that if I enjoyed this series of Phillipa Gregory books in my youth, that when I get crumbly read old , I ll probably end up enjoying Harlequin Romance novels.2 In The Boleyn Inheritance, as with The Other Boleyn Girl, Ms Gregory writes with such myopic vision that I wanted to scream from the claustrophobic feeling She writes around in circles, covering the same topic repeatedly with only slight variation Granted, t [...]


  8. I must confess, I was putting off reading this for ages and ages because having three main characters each with different viewpoints felt extremely intimidating and sounded very confusing Ha I needn t have worried Each of these ladies lives is so intertwined with each other that it makes for a REALLY easy read Add the fact that the audiobook is abridged elsewise I would NOT have finished this in a day, still trying to wrap my head around that one anyway , and this is an absolute breeze of a nove [...]


  9. I picked this up immediately after readingThe Other Boleyn Girl, unable to slake my thirst for of Henry VIII and his court I was skeptical, as all should be when embarking on a sequel of any sort, but was pleasantly surprised Divided between three narrators, the evil and half mad Jane Boleyn, the ill fated Katherine Howard, and the strong survivor, Anne of Cleves, the reader gets a new perspective on the fourth and fifth wives of Henry VIII Indeed, though I always knew that Anne of Cleves was t [...]


  10. Anne of Cleves is one gutsy lady wedded to Henry VIII who is overweight, foul breathed and has a putrid leg, she barely speaks English, about to lose her crown to the slutty and silly little Katherine Howard, trapped in England and deserted by her family does she cave in No, not Anne Anne Boleyn has been a shameful secret in our family for so long, it hardly matters whether she was innocent or not It is not as if I have to follow in her footsteps, it is not as if there is a Boleyn inheritance of [...]


  11. Many years ago I read and enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and raced to the first next book by this author I could find, which was Wideacre Oh dear, what a wrong choice that was I HATED Wideacre , hated it with a passion, and vowed to never bother with a Phillippa Gregory book again I have no great love for court dramas, all that bed hopping, backstabbing and scheming is sometimes exhausting to read so I never thought I would miss much by not continuing the Tudor Series But a good and trusted frien [...]


  12. Fantastic read Really sucks you into the terrible Tudor age Henry is brought to life as an old, smelly, fat, puss filled tyrant deluded and feared by all, his every whim catered to Book is narrated by three people, Anne of Cleves who comes over as Henrys fourth bride, Katherine Howards who becomes his fifth wife and Lady Jane Rochford who is lady in waiting to both these brief queens Anne of Cleves comes across as a very sensible, kind woman You can understand everyones confusion and dismay when [...]


  13. In this installment of the Tudor court saga Gregory has 3 different characters narrate the story from their own point of view This has the potential to make for a very interesting story, but the book was so repetitive because each of the characters was so one dimensional Allow me to save you the time.Jane Boleyn I ve seen it all before Doesn t anyone else remember George and Anne I m going to get back the power they used to have.Anne of Cleaves My brother is a crazy tyrant, the king is a crazy t [...]


  14. So, he is dead at last The man who failed the promise of his youth, the king who turned tyrant, the scholar who went mad, the beloved boy who became a monster How many did the king kill We can start to count now that death has stilled his murderous will Thousands No one will ever know Up and down the land the burnings in the marketplace for heresy, the hangings at the gallows for treason Thousands and thousands of men and women whose only crime was that they disagreed with him This is the man th [...]


  15. An unevocative retelling of Henry VIII s doomed marriages to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard.First, I should note that this book contains a lot of paragraphs of the following structure Could this book really be so overwritten I couldn t believe that this book was so overwritten It was overwritten and yet I didn t know why Why was it so overwritten No, really I m not exaggerating I wanted to attack the thing with a red pen I realize that the trend is for historical novels to be sweeping and e [...]


  16. I was first introduced to Philippa Gregory when I watched movie adaptation of one of her novels The Boleyn Inheritance is actually the third installment in her Tudor series and was preceded by The Constant Princess and The Other Boleyn Girl The movie was adapted from this novel I was a bit skeptical while reading the first few chapters of the book but was pleasantly surprised at how good it eventually turned out to be.In The Boleyn Inheritance, King Henry VIII was no longer the handsome, beloved [...]


  17. 4.5Frankly this book was fascinating I don t read historical novels so this was a new genre for me Sure, some of it was invented of course, the author only has so much to go on, but I think she did pretty well with her own inventions blending with historical facts Thanks to the back of the book, and if you know anything about the history of it at all, you know who will marry who and what will eventually happen Still, it was not repetitive and the plot was well paced Gregory does a good job creat [...]


  18. So This is where I admit defeat and accept that this author simply isn t for me I tried listening to The Constant Princess and abandoned it because I disagree with the author s characterization of Catherine of Aragon and couldn t suspend my belief far enough to just go with her approach I abandoned The King s Curse after the first chapter because I disliked the writing tried this because I liked the idea of reading about Anne of Cleves and abandoned The Taming of the Queen after the opening chap [...]


  19. Opini o no blog howtoliveathousandlivesspNeste terceiro volume da saga A Corte dos Tudor acompanhamos, como o nome indica, a corte de Henrique VIII e o seu reinado sangrento A autora mais uma vez explora o papel da mulher nesta sociedade, destacando a import ncia da sedu o e da intriga para a ascens o na corte A est ria narrada por tr s vozes que complementam as diferentes perspetivas da narrativa Ana de Cl ves, Jane Bolena e Catarina Howard.Entre o segundo volume e esta obra existe um salto tem [...]


  20. When I realized it was this book s turn on the list I keep about 15 or so books in my car out of the library at a time, and go by order of the list on the library s site , I really wasn t excited I considered returning it and thinking about picking it up later I m glad I didn t.I really, really enjoy Gregory s style of writing, I have to admit It s extremely easy to read, which isn t so easy when dealing with historical fiction I did not sympathize even a little bit with Katherine Howard I did f [...]


  21. Philippa Gregory dropped the ball on this one This book covers the reigns of Henry VIII s fourth and fifth wives, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard I have enjoyed most of her other books covering the Tudor years in England, but here she leans on the device of having three narrators to lengthen a less developed story by having them repeat the same ideas over and over If I had a nickel for every time a character mused some version of Henry VIII is a selfish, smelly, fat tyrant with a noxious leg [...]


  22. Another captivating novel of Tudors, this one of King Henry the VIII s wives 4 and 5 As usual with Gregory s books, I could barely put this down today until I finished.


  23. 4,5 estrelasMais um excelente romance hist rico desta que uma das minhas escritoras favoritas Um livro que nos mostra o pior de Henrique VIII.


  24. The king, who believes he is guided by God, has become a god with the full power of life and death.That s it That s the book.Okay I m kidding That s not just the book, but it s a large part of it.I ll be honest, I m not a huge fan of Philippa Gregory Sure, she s a good writer She knows how to capture the time period and all that, but she does it in a way that s highly historical inaccurate to just get interest in the times To me, Tudor England was interesting enough without people needing to tak [...]


  25. 8 4 5, Anne of Cleves Katherine Howard Jane Boleyn, George Boleyn, Anne Boleyn Anne of Cleves 8 Katherine Howard Jane Boleyn, , 8 , , , .


  26. The Boleyn Inheritance is the story of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII s fourth wife Jane Boleyn, her lady in waiting and Anne Boleyn s former sister in law and Katherine Howard, a beautiful young maid in waiting By now, Henry is a hugely fat, sick, stinking, paranoid tyrant These three women try their best to keep him happy and stay safe.I went into this knowing only a tiny bit of these ladies stories Sovereign, by C.J Sansom, is set around this time and the tempestuous life at court was discussed a [...]


  27. If you ve seen my review of The Other Boleyn Girl you ll know it s not an understatement to say I was besotted by it hence my quick acquisition of its follow on title The Boleyn Inheritance I think my 4 stars not to mention devouring it within three days speak volumes in what I found upon reading this book another gem in my historical literature collection Events have scurried onwards to 1539, when Henry VIII is seeking his fourth wife after the tragic death of Jane Seymour We soon learn the int [...]


  28. This has to be my favorite book of Philippa Gregory s The way she entwines the lives of three rather unknown women Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Jane Boleyn is absolutely amazing While there were some historical inaccuracies, they weren t as cringe worthy like in TOBG All three women came to court for a reason Anne of Cleves wanted to escape her creeper of a brother, Jane Boleyn wanted to come into her inheritance, and Katherine Howard was just bored However, the machinations of court li [...]


  29. I think I just really love Philippa Gregory I ve thoroughly enjoyed every novel I ve read of hers so far, and I m sure I will continue to be utterly engrossed in the novels I ll read in the future I ve just really taken to her writing style, and her fascination in the Tudor court and British royalty is the same as mine I don t think she is for everybody this would explain the divide between love and loathing toward Gregory s works I can see where people may found her style tedious or repetitive, [...]


  30. Well have taken a break from reading I do that periodically when I get a string of disappointing reads and have no time to go library been using lunch breaks to exercise but am again realizing I must excercise my mind too Anyways back to this glorious bookI must say I was pleasantly surprised by Mrs Gregory as I LOVED the book and movie The Other Boleyn Girl and so was hyped to read a tale of what happened after all that In this book you learn the status of the poor beheaded Queen Anne s sister [...]


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