Thursday, July 9, 2009

The Boleyn Inheritance

The Boleyn Inheritance
by Philippa Gregory

About the Book: 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. Katherine 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 compelling novel yet.

From me: The Boleyn Inheritance was just as good as The Other Boleyn Girl - I'm becoming a huge fan of Philippa Gregory! This book continues where The Other Boleyn Girl left off and tells the story of Henry's last couple of wives. It's very interesting to read a "fleshed-out" version of historical facts. I only just realized that Philippa also wrote a book about Henry's first wife called The Constant Princess and I am reading that now!


OctoberRain said...

Love these books! She has another one called The Virgin Queen which is about Anne's daughter Elizabeth. I haven't read it or the first one yet though.