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!Read Epub î The Boleyn Inheritance ð Three Women Who Share One Fate The Boleyn InheritanceAnne of Cleves She runs from her tiny country, her hateful mother, and her abusive brother to a throne whose last three occupants are dead King Henry VIII, her new husband, instantly dislikes her Without friends, family, or even an understanding of the language being spoken around her, she must literally save her neck in a court ruled by a deadly game of politics and the terror of an unpredictable and vengeful king Her Boleyn Inheritance accusations and false witnessesKatherine HowardShe catches the king s eye within moments of arriving at court, setting in motion the dreadful machine of politics, intrigue, and treason that she does not understand She only knows that she is beautiful, that men desire her, that she is young and in love but not with the diseased old man who made her queen, beds her night after night, and killed her cousin Anne Her Boleyn Inheritance the threat of the axeJane RochfordShe is the Boleyn girl whose testimony sent her husband and sister in law to their deaths She is the trusted friend of two threatened queens, the perfectly loyal spy for her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, and a canny survivor in the murderous court of a most dangerous king Throughout Europe, her name is a byword for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust Her Boleyn Inheritance a fortune and a title, in exchange for her soul The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about a court ruled by the gallows and three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror Once again, Philippa Gregory has brought a vanished world to life the whisper of a silk skirt on a stone stair, the yellow glow of candlelight illuminating a hastily written note, the murmurs of the crowd gathering on Tower Green below the newly built scaffold In The Boleyn Inheritance Gregory is at her intelligent and page turning best I must confess, I was putting off reading this for ages and ages because having three main characters each with different viewpoints felt extremely intimidating and sounded very confusing Ha I needn t have worried Each of these ladies lives is so intertwined with each other that it makes for a REALLY easy read Add the fact that the audiobook is abridged elsewise I would NOT have finished this in a day, still trying to wrap my head around that one anyway , and this is an absolute breeze of I must confess, I was putting off reading this for ages and ages because having three main characters each with different viewpoints felt extremely intimidating and sounded very confusing Ha I needn t have worried Each of these ladies lives is so intertwined with each other that it makes for a REALLY easy read Add the fact that the audiobook is abridged elsewise I would NOT have finished this in a day, still trying to wrap my head around that one anyway , and this is an absolute breeze of a novel Not so much for our leading ladies, but you get the idea.This book picks up with Henry s fourth soon to be wife, Anne of Cleves, and takes us through his fourth and fifth marriages I m still a bit bummed Ms Gregory opted not to grace us with a novel that at least had Catherine Parr somewhat involved, but I suppose by then all the drama llamas that followed Henry VIII around had died off.Sorry, that was bad Like, really bad AnywayAfter Katherine of Aragon, whom I ADORED reading about in The Constant Princess, I have to say Anne of Cleves is my next favorite of Henry s unfortunate wives I do like Anne Boleyn, but she s the one with all the publicity, everyone knows her And I feel like after reading the first three books in this series, binge watching The Tudors on Netflix is required And I always seem to mix the Tudors cast with the Other Boleyn Girl cast I like ScarJo for Mary Boleyn, but Natalie Dormer will ALWAYS be Anne and I like Jim Sturgess for George And Jonathan for Henry, because yum And Tamzin Merchant is perfect for Katherine Howard I can feel myself digressing.As I said, I like Anne of Cleves and I really feel bad for her because, like Katherine of Aragon, she never did anything to warrant what she got Granted, it could ve been a hell of a lot worse side eyes Anne B and Katherine H but still, this poor girl She gets dragged out of her home country into a place where she doesn t speak the language nearly at all, gets laughed at and treated with suspicion because of that, and is still excited to meet and marry her new husband And then as soon as Henry meets her he decides he doesn t like her What an ass And throughout all of this, and then dumping her so he can marry a teenager rape culture much , Anne is never really angry or very jaded by the whole thing just bewildered as all get out I just want to give her a hug.The Boleyn Inheritance seems to be a whole lot of nothing, by the end of this book Although, I suppose Anne of Cleves would beg to differ, seeing as she wound up with a nice house out of the whole deal Other than that, both Katherine and Jane Rochford Boleyn died, for gods sake Katherine I did feel a bit sorry for, because she s only a child really She likes pretty things and would likely be far better off if this whole thing were make believe and she could marry a handsome prince and go on like that by the time she and Henry get together he s old enough to be her father and his leg is NASTY and as evidenced with Anne of Cleves he can t get it up any Pity Viagra didn t exist.Jane, on the other hand, is a real piece of work Throughout my learning about her, she just comes across as a snake In OBG, we hear George moaning about being married to her, which gives the impression that she s not a nice person, and then she stabs both him and Anne in the back, so it s not a good outlook for her at all through the eyes of the reader But then come this book and she s all BOOHOO I LOST MY HUSBAND, HIS AND ANNE S GHOSTS HAUNT ME, WAHHHH Fuck off, bitch She tries to paint herself all like she really did love him, and I just don t buy it I don t know how things actually were, back in the 1500s, but I really don t buy it I was SO glad to hear she died, because it s everything she deserved Now if only Uncle Norfolk could have gone the same wayOh and a word about the audio great choice I ve loved Ruthie Henshall since she starred in Les Miserables back in the 1990s, and she plays Katherine Howard to the hilt Very well done Bianca Amato and Dagmara Dominczyk were also fantastic as Jane Boleyn and Anne of Cleves, respectively each of their voices helped keep me in touch with the story, I ll have to remember them when I reread this The story of Henry the VIII s less well known wives, Katherine Howard and Anne of Cleves, as told by themselves and Jane Boleyn, sister in law of the doomed Queen Anne What Gregory does well is utilize the known history to augment her fiction Her characters might well share the motives of the Tudors Co, and if they don t, well, they re still highly plausible and enjoyably readable Not a subtle book by any means the phrase the Boleyn Inheritance is used no less than 2 million times but tot The story of Henry the VIII s less well known wives, Katherine Howard and Anne of Cleves, as told by themselves and Jane Boleyn, sister in law of the doomed Queen Anne What Gregory does well is utilize the known history to augment her fiction Her characters might well share the motives of the Tudors Co, and if they don t, well, they re still highly plausible and enjoyably readable Not a subtle book by any means the phrase the Boleyn Inheritance is used no less than 2 million times but totally immersive and admirably detailed.Recommended for fans of female centered historical fiction, those wishing wish Game of Thrones wasgossip court intrigue and less high stakes violence despondency The Boleyn Inheritance The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, 10 , Philippa GregoryThe book begins in 1539, after the death of King Henry VIII s third wife, Jane Seymour Henry is looking for a new wife and chooses Anne of Cleves, daughter of John III, Duke of Cleves, whom he has only seen from portraits sent to him by her brother, a minor duke.Jane Rochford is summoned to court by the Duke of Norfolk to be a lady in waiting at the court of King Henry VIII Jane has unpleasant memories of court, be The Boleyn Inheritance The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, 10 , Philippa GregoryThe book begins in 1539, after the death of King Henry VIII s third wife, Jane Seymour Henry is looking for a new wife and chooses Anne of Cleves, daughter of John III, Duke of Cleves, whom he has only seen from portraits sent to him by her brother, a minor duke.Jane Rochford is summoned to court by the Duke of Norfolk to be a lady in waiting at the court of King Henry VIII Jane has unpleasant memories of court, because she is the widow of George Boleyn and sister in law to Henry VIII s second wife, Anne George and Anne Boleyn were both executed in 1536 for adultery, incest and plotting to murder the King Katherine Howard is a fourteen year old girl the cousin of Anne Boleyn living with her grandmother at Lambeth Palace, where she has grown accustomed to a lax, licentious lifestyle She has taken a lover, Francis Dereham, and the two have sworn to be married Katherine s uncle informs her that she will go to court if she can behave herself and she swears to herself not to let anything, including Francis, get in her way of success of the throne.Anne, who has heard of the fates of her predecessors, is not sure about being the queen of England but is eager to leave her family, as nobody really cares for her Her arrival in England goes well until she is surprised by a drunken man actually Henry VIII in disguise , who plants a sloppy kiss on her she responds with an angry shove and curses him in German Although she tries to make amends once she is aware of his identity, the King holds a grudge for the duration of their marriage because of this Henry is also put off by Anne s looks, since her German style of dress is bulky and unflattering, and she physically seems to appear nothing like her portrait Despite his misgivings, Henry goes ahead with the marriage, but he is already looking for a way out Anne is at a great disadvantage during the first months of her new life as she hardly speaks any English or Latin, the diplomatic language of the time Due to her strict religious upbringing, she has not been taught how to play an instrument, sing or dance, and her mother has not made her aware of the facts of life Despite this, Anne quickly befriends Jane Rochford, who is one of her ladies in waiting Jane is as surprised as anyone at Anne s plain appearance and ill proficiency at English, but Anne is an honest, sweet young woman who wins over the English people, if not her husband She makes an effort to befriend Prince Edward, and the princesses Elizabeth and Mary, even when it enrages her husband, and makes a point to learn as much English as possible A few months after their wedding, Henry decides to rid himself of his new wife Fearing for her life, Anne agrees to sign an annulment saying that she was previously betrothed to Francis of Lorraine and that her wedding was not consummated She is given the title Princess and receives land, money, and the treatment reserved for the king s own sister 20191154 1485 14851533 1536 You have to hand it to Philippa Gregory she creates a lot of suspense out of a story everyone knows the ending to Normally I don t much go in for historical fiction, but this was available at the library on cd and I had a road trip coming up, so, in the words of Katherine Howard, Voil I was entertained, though not enthralled The novel spans Henry VIII s marriages to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard, and is narrated by three women Anne, Katherine, and Lady Rochford Jane Boleyn, siste You have to hand it to Philippa Gregory she creates a lot of suspense out of a story everyone knows the ending to Normally I don t much go in for historical fiction, but this was available at the library on cd and I had a road trip coming up, so, in the words of Katherine Howard, Voil I was entertained, though not enthralled The novel spans Henry VIII s marriages to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard, and is narrated by three women Anne, Katherine, and Lady Rochford Jane Boleyn, sister in law of beheaded Anne Boleyn Anne of Cleves is both intelligent and honorable, and I felt for her as she slowly realizes that she d exchanged the humiliations of her brother s court for the life threatening humiliations of Henry s court The only problem with Anne is her repetitive realizations of Henry s insanity I think he must be mad I fear the king is mad The country is ruled by a madman How many times can you be surprised by this Anyway, it got a bit old, as did her droning on about her life being in danger, especially as we already know she doesn t end up beheaded Remember the rhyme Divorced, beheaded, died divorced, beheaded, survived And besides, Henry VIII wasn t insane, just selfish and corrupt The truly mad character is Lady Rochford, who yearns to return to the same court that had decimated her family a few years before Evenunbelievably, she is shocked shocked when her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, proves as duplicitously self serving as ever I mean, isn t it obvious that if a man will throw one niece under the bus, he d throw another one Her machinations seem doomed from the start simply because of who she s taking orders from The real star of the show, however, is Katherine Howard, the endearingly materialistic, shallow, short sighted teenage successor to Anne of Cleves She s not so much stupid as supremely unintellectual, with a genius for flirtation and blindness to danger Surprisingly, I found myself rooting for this self serving little hussy who didn t think twice about feigning ecstasy with a disgusting old man if it meant she d get a new dress There s something refreshing about a person who doesn t know you re supposed to hide your materialism In the audiobook the women are narrated by three different actresses, which adds immeasurably to the individual voice of each character Katherine s portrayal was spectacular Fun to listen to on a drive, though I wouldn t waste the time to read it