Once again, Philippa Gregory visits the
courts of Tudor England. Written in the alternating voices of the three
key protagonists "in an attempt to bring to life these three very contrasting
young women in their attempts to survive and profit in these dangerous times",
Gregory challenges the historical record that has typecast Henry VIII's fourth
wife, Anne of Cleves, as sexually repellent and his fifth wife, Katherine
Howard, as a "stupid slut" (in the words of one modern historian), while also
exploring Jane Boleyn's role in the machinations of court life during this
As Gregory explains in her essay about The Boleyn Inheritance (which you'll find on the reading guide page at BookBrowse), the most likely reason Henry took so against Anne was that she inadvertently humiliated him when they first met. Henry considered himself a bit of a lad and...
This is Gregory's fifth Tudor novel following:
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No Man's Land
by Simon Tolkien
Inspired by the experiences of his grandfather, J. R. R. Tolkien, during World War I.
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