Tudor series

Title Tudor series
The Boleyn inheritance
Author Philippa Gregory
Publication Harper
Size 518p
Language ENG ENG
ISBN 9780007190331
Topics English fiction--Historical
Great Britain--History--1485-1603 (Tudor)
English fiction--Biographical
Great Britain--History--Fiction
Anne of Cleves (Queen consort of England, 1515-1557)
Howard, Catherine (Queen consort of England, 1523-1542)
Boleyn, Jane (née Parker, Viscountess Rochford, 1505-1542)
Henry VIII (King of England, 1491-1547)
Notes Gregory's tale of greed and revenge takes place against the short, unhappy tenures of Henry's fourth and fifth wives. Jockeying for position close to the throne, three powerful, ambitious women collide. The author skillfully allows each character to tell her side of the story in her own words. The first voice we hear belongs to 30-year-old Jane Boleyn, widowed sister-in-law to Anne. Jane's husband George was implicated in his sister's alleged infidelities and went with her to the scaffold in 1533; his calculating wife moved to save her inheritance rather than her husband and six years later is still scheming. Next up is Anne of Cleves, soon to be Queen Number Four, a provincial, German-speaking Protestant princess chosen by Henry's advisor, Thomas Cromwell, as a politically suitable alliance to keep Spain and France at bay. Badgered and bullied all her life by her brother and mother, 24-year-old Anne wants nothing more than to escape Cleves and have a meaningful life. The third voice belongs to Katherine Howard, a pretty, 15-year-old cousin of the dead Anne Boleyn and an incorrigible flirt who is brought to court as a lady-in-waiting by her conniving, powerful uncle, the Duke of Norfolk. Also summoned to court to attend the new queen, Jane begins plotting behind the scenes with Norfolk to assure Anne of Cleve's hasty fall and Katherine's quick ascent in Henry's favor.
GREG 20:10
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