Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession: A Novel By Alison Weir

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Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession: A Novel By Alison Weir

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Henry wants Anne. Anne wants power. We all know how it ends – but how did Anne become the woman Henry loves? Did Anne love Henry or did she have affection for another? Alison Weir’s impeccable research delves into Anne’s life before serving Katherine of Aragon, as a feminist and a religious reformer. ~Tracey [May 2017]

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Henry wants Anne. Anne wants power. How did Anne become the woman Henry loves? ~Tracey [4 stars]

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But Anne was asking herself why being queen mattered so much, when the chance for true love was hers for the seizing.  And always she came back to the argument that the crown was hers for the seizing too.  She had never seen marriage alone as an especially fulfilling estate for women.  She had always wanted more in life – and more than she had ever dreamed of  would soon, God willing, be in her grasp.  There was so much that she could accomplish as queen…

Six Tudor Queens Reading Order (all can be read as standalone)

Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen 
Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession 

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In this second novel of Alison Weir’s epic Six Tudor Queens series, the acclaimed author and historian weaves exciting new research into the story of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s most infamous wife, a woman ahead of her time whose very life—and death—forever changed a nation.

Born into a noble English family, Anne is barely a teenager when she is sent from her family’s Hever Castle to serve at the royal court of the Netherlands. Yet what seems a strategic move on the part of her opportunistic father is actually a chance for the girl to grow and discover herself. There, and later in France, Anne thrives, preferring to absorb the works of progressive writers rather than participate in courtly flirtations. She also begins to understand the inequalities and indignities suffered by her gender.

Anne isn’t completely inured to the longings of the heart, but her powerful family has ambitious plans for her future that override any wishes of her own. When the King of England himself, Henry VIII, asks Anne to be his mistress, she spurns his advances—reminding him that he is a married man who has already conducted an affair with her sister, Mary. Anne’s rejection only intensifies Henry’s pursuit, but in the absence of a male heir—and given an aging Queen Katherine—the opportunity to elevate and protect the Boleyn family, and to exact vengeance on her envious detractors, is too tempting for Anne to resist, even as it proves to be her undoing.

While history tells of how Anne Boleyn died, this compelling new novel shows just how she lived.





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