The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

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Baker & Taylor
Upon her coronation as Queen, Elizabeth I receives her mother Ann Boleyn's diary and learns of her love for her and her torment at the hands of Henry VIII

Simon and Schuster
In this "energetic" (Kirkus Reviews) re-creation of Anne Boleyn's tragic life -- and death -- Robin Maxwell offers a pitch-perfect version of a bawdy and exuberant time filled with lust, betrayal, love, and murder.
When the young Queen Elizabeth I is entrusted with Anne Boleyn's secret diary, she discovers a great deal about the much-maligned mother she never knew. And on learning the truth about her lascivious and despotic father, Henry VIII, she vows never to relinquish control to any man. But this avowal doesn't prevent Elizabeth from pursuing a torrid love affair with her horsemaster, Robin Dudley -- described with near-shocking candor -- as too are Anne's graphic trysts with a very persistent and lustful Henry. Blending a historian's attention to accuracy with a novelist's artful rendering, Maxwell weaves compelling descriptions of court life and devastating portraits of actual people into her naughty, page-turning tale. The result is a masterpiece of historical fiction -- so prophetic of our time that one would think it were ripped from today's headlines.

Publisher: New York : Scribner Paperback Fiction, 1998
Edition: 1st Scribner pbk. fiction ed
ISBN: 9780613337762
061333776X
9780684849690
0684849690
Branch Call Number: FICTION MAXWELL
Characteristics: 281 p. ; 21 cm

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Aranel93 Aug 11, 2014

Not a bad read at all. It really plays up on the notions and fictitious ideas that Anne had a sixth finger and of course other bodily signs of 'witchcraft', but of course it must be remembered this is a fiction novel.

Anyone who loves the woman Anne Boleyn will enjoy this easy read-I know I did. I would recommend it to anyone wanting a reprieve from the biographies and history books-to someone just looking for an enjoyable and easy read.

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jurban1983
Jul 15, 2013

A really great novel! I enjoyed every page. If you like Anne Boleyn, the Tudors, or the Elizabethan period of England: check this book out.

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Jul 11, 2013

jurban1983 thinks this title is suitable for 14 years and over

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