Book Review: Philippa Gregory’s The Boleyn Inheritance

516o-ognatl_sl160_pisitb-sticker-arrow-dptopright12-18_sh30_ou01_aa115_This is the story is told from the point of view of the three women who share the Boleyn Inheritance:  Jane Boleyn, the sister-in-law of Queen Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, a cousin to Queen Anne who ultimately becomes the fifth wife of King Henry VIII, and Queen Anne of Cleves, the fourth wife of King Henry.

Jane Boleyn is the ambitious woman who maneuvers herself into the favor of successive Queens with a view to feathering her own nest – for English Queens had considerable powers of patronage.

Anne of Cleves is the German princess sent to marry King Henry in the autumn of 1539, after the tragic death of his third wife Jane Seymour.  Anne of Cleves and King Henry are strangers when they meet and their first meeting does not go well.  Things rapidly deteriorate.

Katherine Howard is the swan-necked beauty who lights up the aging King, and is ruthlessly used – and sacrificed – as a political pawn.

If you enjoyed reading The Other Boleyn Girl, you will enjoy this sequel, which brilliantly conveys the ruthless politics of sixteenth century England.
–Cynthia Haggard writes short stories, novels and poetry.  During the day, she is a medical writer and owns her own business.  For more on her creative writing, go to spunstories.  For more about her medical writing services, go to clarifyingconcepts.  (c) 2009. All rights reserved.

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