From the bestselling author of "The Other Boleyn Girl" comes a wonderfully atmospheric evocation of the court of Henry VIII, and the one woman who destroyed two of his queens. The year is 1539 and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves. She has her own good reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father, in a ...
From the bestselling author of "The Other Boleyn Girl" comes a wonderfully atmospheric evocation of the court of Henry VIII, and the one woman who destroyed two of his queens. The year is 1539 and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves. She has her own good reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father, in a country where to her both language and habits are foreign. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she senses a trap closing around her. Catherine is confident that she can follow in the steps of her cousin Anne Boleyn to dazzle her way to the throne but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn, haunted by the past, knows that Anne's path led to Tower Green and to an adulterer's death. The story of these three young women, trying to make their own way through the most volatile court in Europe at a time of religious upheaval and political uncertainty is Philippa Gregory's most intense novel yet.
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Very Good in Very Good jacket. 0743272501 2006 signed copy, Touchstone / Simon and Schuster (NY), 6 1/2 x 9 1/2 inches tall x 1 1/2 inches thick hardbound in publisher's unclipped dust jacket, tan paper-covered boards, red lettering to spine, 518 pp. Very slight bumping to lower edges of front and rear boards. Signed by author on bookplate on half title page. Otherwise, a very good copy-clean, bright and unmarked-in a slightly edgeworn dust jacket. Later printing. ~SP35~ From 'the queen of royal fiction' (USA Today) comes this New York Times bestseller featuring three very different women whose fates are each bound by a bloody curse: the legacy of the Boleyn family. After the death of his third wife, Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII of England decides to take a new wife, but this time, not for love. The Boleyn Inheritance follows three women whose lives are forever changed because of the king's decision, as they must balance precariously in an already shaky Tudor Court. Anne of Cleves is to be married to Henry to form a political alliance, though the rocky relationship she has to the king does not bode well for her or for England. Katherine Howard is the young, beautiful woman who captures Henry's eye, even though he is set to marry Anne. Her spirit runs free and her passions run hot-though her affections may not be returned upon the King. Jane Rochford was married to George Boleyn, and it was her testimony that sent her husband and infamous sister-in-law Anne to their deaths. Throughout the country, her name is known for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust. The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about three women whose positions brought them wealth, admirations, and power, as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror.
Very Good. New York: Touchstone Books / Simon and Schuster, 2006. Seventh printing. Paperback. 518 pp. Very good. Slight wear to head of spine with a very faint crease at fore edge of early leaves. Signed by author, Philippa Gregory, on title page.
Fine in As New jacket. Signed by Author. 0743272501 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription.
Fine in As New jacket. Signed by Author. 0007190328 This hardcover book is Fine, being square and tight. The boards and spine have no wear with pristine lettering. The pages and endpages are clean, with no markings or folds. The dustjacket is As New. Original Price is intact. Not ex-lib. No remainder mark. This copy is signed by the Author on the title page without inscription. This is a later printing.
Very Good in Near Fine jacket. 8vo-over 7¾"-9¾" tall. Signed by Author First edition, first prnt. Signed by Gregory on the title page. Slight spinecocking and corners just tapped; dustjacket with minimal rubbing. Bright copy in Very Good condition in a Near Fine dustjacket with an archival cover. Image of actual book; not a stock photo.
I thought this book was a great read.
Was completely satisfied with my purchase.
Sep 11, 2010
Poor Henry VIII's wives
Gregory has followed up on her gripping tale of Anne Boleyn with the fate of two other wives of Henry. The king is older, despotic, fat, and has a running sore on his leg which smells foul, not a desirable mate. He marries Anne of Cleves, a German from a small Duchy. Henry finds her unattractive, and she thinks he is disgusting. Anne is fortunate; she does not lose her head, but is banished to a remote castle.
His next bride is Katherine Howard, related to Anne Boleyn. She is a frivolous teenager who resists the marriage. But her Uncle, Thomas Howard who is power hungry, prevails. Poor Katherine bravely tries to keep the King happy, but a secret affair proves her undoing.
Jane Boleyn who has served her sister-in-law Anne, and remains at Court to tend the two present wives, is as devious as her Uncle Howard. She proves to be a menace to Henry's wives.
The story is told alternately by the three above women who tell what Henry was like from their perspective. The book is entertaining with its portrayal of life at Henry VIII's Court and the King's deterioration.
Aug 28, 2009
great supplement to the Tudors on HBO
This book was reviewed by my book club and we all agreed it was well written and we discussed the similarities between the three women and how they were affected by the times they lived in. We are going to review it once again as some of our members missed the meeting . That is how much we liked the book.
Apr 26, 2009
This was a good follow up to The Other Boleyn Girl. Tudor Fans must remember that this is pure fiction, but it was a great read for what it was; a good and quick read. The multiple first person accounts did not detract from the story.
Oct 18, 2007
This is one of Gregory's best works yet. I cant get enough of reading about the Tudors and Henry's wives. Unlike the constant princess this story details the lives of two of henry's wives and Jane Boleyn, The sister in-law of the late Anne Boleyn. I finished it quickly because I couldnt tear myself away from it. Its nail biting and teeth grinding. What I like about the way she writes, is that even though you know how history is recorded you are still wanting the outcome to be different because you are so involved with the characters. Poor little Kitty Howard. I would absolutely add this volume to my collection, along with Gregory's other books.
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