Philippa Gregory
The Boleyn Inheritance
March 25, 2019 Comments.. 192
The Boleyn Inheritance Librarian s note This is an alternate cover edition ISBN ISBN Three women one prize the crown of England The year is Henry VIII must take another wife and the dangerou

  • Title: The Boleyn Inheritance
  • Author: Philippa Gregory
  • ISBN: null
  • Page: 160
  • Format: Paperback
  • Librarian s note This is an alternate cover edition ISBN 0007190336 ISBN13 9780007190331 Three women, one prize the crown of England.The year is 1539 Henry VIII must take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she can sense a trap closing around her.KatherineLibrarian s note This is an alternate cover edition ISBN 0007190336 ISBN13 9780007190331 Three women, one prize the crown of England.The year is 1539 Henry VIII must take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she can sense a trap closing around her.Katherine Howard, meanwhile, is to flirt her way to the throne But her kinswoman Jane Boleyn is haunted by the past and the Boleyn inheritance of suspicion, betrayal and death In this time of upheaval and uncertainty, these three young women must try to survive the most volatile court in Europe.

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    1. Kristen Boers says:

      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 [...]

    2. Laura says:

      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, “Voilà!” 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 Bo [...]

    3. Wilja says:

      Das war ein perfektes Buch. Spannend von vorne bis hinten, außergewöhnliche Charaktere und ein wundervoller, flüssiger und inspirierender Schreibstil. Author’s Note:Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard are the two wives of Henry VIII whom we know least; as is so often the case, we think we know them well. In this fictional account of the real facts I have tried to get past the convention that one wife was ugly and the other stupid, to consider the lives and circumstances of these two very yo [...]

    4. Khanh, first of her name, mother of bunnies says:

      I'm a sucker for Tudor historicals. It never gets old reading about the six queens of Henry VIII, and it gives me a serious appreciation for my daily life after reading about the dangers of living in the past. Having a tendency to stick my foot in my mouth results in social ostracism these days for me, in the past, I could have been beheaded, raped, drawn, tortured, disemboweled, boiled alive.And if I'm lucky, it would have been done in that order.While it's no torture reading this book, I did f [...]

    5. Agnes says:

      Oh, bad historical fiction, how I love thee!! I must confess that I had a hard time putting this down, much like its prequel "The Other Boleyn Girl." To be fair, the historical research is impressive, with the author using the most up-to-date resources and theories available about the reign of Henry VIII, but stille sex scenes! The maidens! The lack of discussion of politics and historical context! Never mind, it was a great read and I'm sure I'll reread both books in a couple of years. (Hah! I [...]

    6. Katie says:

      I read The Other Boleyn Girl first and that book should bow down to this one. The books hardly compare. This one is by far the better book. Although I greatly enjoyed both, for me this one was told in such a unique way and by women I didn't know much about that it grabbed me from the beginning. It tells the story from three different perspectives. One unexpected and extremley interesting the wife of Anne Boleyn's brother, now a widow. Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn) is now a bitter older women wanti [...]

    7. Michelle says:

      Hmm I recommend The Boleyn Inheritance?NO.Here's why:1. It makes me acutely aware that if I enjoyed this series of Phillipa Gregory books in my youth, that when I get crumbly (read: old), I'll probably end up enjoying Harlequin Romance novels.2. In The Boleyn Inheritance, as with The Other Boleyn Girl, Ms. Gregory writes with such myopic vision that I wanted to scream from the claustrophobic feeling. She writes around in circles, covering the same topic repeatedly with only slight variation. Gra [...]

    8. Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten* says:

      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 [...]

    9. Jenn says:

      I picked this up immediately after readingThe Other Boleyn Girl, unable to slake my thirst for more of Henry VIII and his court. I was skeptical, as all should be when embarking on a sequel of any sort, but was pleasantly surprised. Divided between three narrators, the evil and half-mad Jane Boleyn, the ill-fated Katherine Howard, and the strong survivor, Anne of Cleves, the reader gets a new perspective on the fourth and fifth wives of Henry VIII. Indeed, though I always knew that Anne of Cleve [...]

    10. B the BookAddict says:

      Anne of Cleves is one gutsy lady; wedded to Henry VIII who is overweight, foul-breathed and has a putrid leg, she barely speaks English, about to lose her crown to the 'slutty' and silly little Katherine Howard, trapped in England and deserted by her family - does she cave in? No, not Anne."Anne Boleyn has been a shameful secret in our family for so long, it hardly matters whether she was innocent or not It is not as if I have to follow in her footsteps, it is not as if there is a Boleyn inherit [...]

    11. Sonja Arlow says:

      Many years ago I read and enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and raced to the first next book by this author I could find, which was Wideacre. Oh dear, what a wrong choice that was. I HATED Wideacre , hated it with a passion, and vowed to never bother with a Phillippa Gregory book again. . I have no great love for court dramas, all that bed hopping, backstabbing and scheming is sometimes exhausting to read so I never thought I would miss much by not continuing the Tudor Series. But a good and trusted [...]

    12. Lushbug says:

      Fantastic read. Really sucks you into the terrible Tudor age. Henry is brought to life as an old, smelly, fat, puss filled tyrant-deluded and feared by all, his every whim catered to. Book is narrated by three people, Anne of Cleves who comes over as Henrys fourth bride, Katherine Howards who becomes his fifth wife and Lady Jane Rochford who is lady in waiting to both these brief queens. Anne of Cleves comes across as a very sensible, kind woman. You can understand everyones confusion and dismay [...]

    13. Anna says:

      In this installment of the Tudor court saga Gregory has 3 different characters narrate the story from their own point of view. This has the potential to make for a very interesting story, but the book was so repetitive because each of the characters was so one dimensional. Allow me to save you the time.Jane Boleyn: I've seen it all before. Doesn't anyone else remember George and Anne. I'm going to get back the power they used to have.Anne of Cleaves: My brother is a crazy tyrant, the king is a c [...]

    14. Lisa says:

      "So, he is dead at last. The man who failed the promise of his youth, the king who turned tyrant, the scholar who went mad, the beloved boy who became a monster. How many did the king kill? We can start to count now that death has stilled his murderous will. Thousands. No one will ever know. Up and down the land the burnings in the marketplace for heresy, the hangings at the gallows for treason. Thousands and thousands of men and women whose only crime was that they disagreed with him. This is t [...]

    15. Nicola says:

      An unevocative retelling of Henry VIII’s doomed marriages to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard.First, I should note that this book contains a lot of paragraphs of the following structure:“Could this book really be so overwritten? I couldn’t believe that this book was so overwritten. It was overwritten and yet I didn’t know why. Why was it so overwritten?”No, really. I’m not exaggerating. I wanted to attack the thing with a red pen. I realize that the trend is for historical novels [...]

    16. Shy says:

      I was first introduced to Philippa Gregory when I watched movie adaptation of one of her novels. The Boleyn Inheritance is actually the third installment in her Tudor series and was preceded by The Constant Princess and The Other Boleyn Girl (The movie was adapted from this novel). I was a bit skeptical while reading the first few chapters of the book but was pleasantly surprised at how good it eventually turned out to be.In The Boleyn Inheritance, King Henry VIII was no longer the handsome, bel [...]

    17. Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder* says:

      4.5Frankly this book was fascinating. I don't read historical novels so this was a new genre for me. Sure, some of it was invented of course, the author only has so much to go on, but I think she did pretty well with her own inventions blending with historical facts. Thanks to the back of the book, and if you know anything about the history of it at all, you know who will marry who and what will eventually happen. Still, it was not repetitive and the plot was well-paced. Gregory does a good job [...]

    18. Andrea says:

      So. This is where I admit defeat and accept that this author simply isn't for me. I tried listening to The Constant Princess and abandoned it because I disagree with the author's characterization of Catherine of Aragon and couldn't suspend my belief far enough to just go with her approach; I abandoned The King's Curse after the first chapter because I disliked the writing; tried this because I liked the idea of reading about Anne of Cleves; and abandoned The Taming of the Queen after the opening [...]

    19. Mónica Silva says:

      Opinião no blog howtoliveathousandlivesspNeste terceiro volume da saga A Corte dos Tudor acompanhamos, como o nome indica, a corte de Henrique VIII e o seu reinado sangrento. A autora mais uma vez explora o papel da mulher nesta sociedade, destacando a importância da sedução e da intriga para a ascensão na corte. A estória é narrada por três vozes que complementam as diferentes perspetivas da narrativa: Ana de Clèves, Jane Bolena e Catarina Howard.Entre o segundo volume e esta obra exis [...]

    20. Bunny says:

      When I realized it was this book's turn on the list (I keep about 15 or so books in my car out of the library at a time, and go by order of the list on the library's site), I really wasn't excited. I considered returning it and thinking about picking it up later. I'm glad I didn't.I really, really enjoy Gregory's style of writing, I have to admit. It's extremely easy to read, which isn't so easy when dealing with historical fiction. I did not sympathize even a little bit with Katherine Howard. I [...]

    21. Stacy says:

      Philippa Gregory dropped the ball on this one. This book covers the reigns of Henry VIII's fourth and fifth wives, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard. I have enjoyed most of her other books covering the Tudor years in England, but here she leans on the device of having three narrators to lengthen a less-developed story by having them repeat the same ideas over and over. If I had a nickel for every time a character mused some version of "Henry VIII is a selfish, smelly, fat tyrant with a noxious [...]

    22. Karen says:

      Another captivating novel of Tudors, this one of King Henry the VIII's wives #4 and 5. As usual with Gregory's books, I could barely put this down today until I finished.

    23. Beatriz says:

      4,5 estrelasMais um excelente romance histórico desta que é uma das minhas escritoras favoritas. Um livro que nos mostra o pior de Henrique VIII.

    24. Caidyn (BW Book Reviews; he/him/his) says:

      The king, who believes he is guided by God, has become a god with the full power of life and death.That’s it. That’s the book.Okay. I’m kidding. That’s not just the book, but it’s a large part of it.I’ll be honest, I’m not a huge fan of Philippa Gregory. Sure, she’s a good writer. She knows how to capture the time period and all that, but she does it in a way that’s highly historical inaccurate to just get interest in the times. To me, Tudor England was interesting enough witho [...]

    25. Sotiris Karaiskos says:

      Συνεχίζοντας τη μυθιστορηματική περιήγηση μου στα παθήματα των βασιλισσών του Ερρίκου του 8ου έφτασα στο νούμερο 4 και στο νούμερο 5, δηλαδή στην Anne of Cleves και την Katherine Howard. Πρόκειται δηλαδή για ένα δύσκολο θέμα για κάθε συγγραφέα καθώς για αυτές τις δύο κυρίες γνωρίζουμε ελά [...]

    26. JG (The Introverted Reader) says:

      The Boleyn Inheritance is the story of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's fourth wife; Jane Boleyn, her lady-in-waiting and Anne Boleyn's former sister-in-law; and Katherine Howard, a beautiful young maid-in-waiting. By now, Henry is a hugely fat, sick, stinking, paranoid tyrant. These three women try their best to keep him happy and stay safe.I went into this knowing only a tiny bit of these ladies' stories. Sovereign, by C.J. Sansom, is set around this time and the tempestuous life at court was disc [...]

    27. Jemma says:

      If you’ve seen my review of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ you’ll know it’s not an understatement to say I was besotted by it; hence my quick acquisition of its follow on title ‘The Boleyn Inheritance.’ I think my 4 stars (not to mention devouring it within three days) speak volumes in what I found upon reading this book; another gem in my historical literature collection. Events have scurried onwards to 1539, when Henry VIII is seeking his fourth wife after the tragic death of Jane Seymo [...]

    28. Ashley W says:

      This has to be my favorite book of Philippa Gregory’s. The way she entwines the lives of three rather unknown women (Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Jane Boleyn) is absolutely amazing. While there were some historical inaccuracies, they weren’t as cringe-worthy like in TOBG. All three women came to court for a reason: Anne of Cleves wanted to escape her creeper of a brother, Jane Boleyn wanted to come into her inheritance, and Katherine Howard was just bored. However, the machinations [...]

    29. Jessie Frederick says:

      I think I just really love Philippa Gregory. I've thoroughly enjoyed every novel I've read of hers so far, and I'm sure I will continue to be utterly engrossed in the novels I'll read in the future. I've just really taken to her writing style, and her fascination in the Tudor court and British royalty is the same as mine. I don't think she is for everybody; this would explain the divide between love and loathing toward Gregory's works. I can see where people may found her style tedious or repeti [...]

    30. Monique says:

      Well have taken a break from reading (I do that periodically when I get a string of disappointing reads and have no time to go library--been using lunch breaks to exercise but am again realizing I must excercise my mind too:) Anyways back to this glorious bookI must say I was pleasantly surprised by Mrs Gregory as I LOVED the book and movie The Other Boleyn Girl and so was hyped to read a tale of what happened after all that? In this book you learn the status of the poor beheaded Queen Anne's si [...]

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