When Anne Boleyn, who received a brilliant upbringing in France, is back to England and introduced to King Henry VIII, she immediately charms him. A brave, intelligent, charismatic and beautiful woman she is convinced that women are born not only to obey men but they are equal to them and can rule kingdoms. Despising love affairs, Anne denies the King. Henry Tudor is used to getting everything he wants but when he sees a woman who stays indifferent to him, he’s determinate to win her over, marry her and make her his Queen. The stakes are high, not everyone is happy about Anne’s power over the King. Especially if the King is already married to a very much loved Queen, Katherine of Aragon. Anne is ready to pay the price for the crown, after all, Plantagenet blood flows in her veins. However, where her ambitions will lead her? Would the crown make her truly happy?
But Anne was asking herself why being queen mattered so much, when the chance for true love was hers for the seizing. And always she came back to the argument that the crown was hers for the seizing too. She had never seen marriage alone as an especially fulfilling estate for women. She had always wanted more in life – and more than she had ever dreamed of would soon, God willing, be in her grasp. There was so much that she could accomplish as queen.
Everyone who loves history surely knows the tragic story of Anne Boleyn. This novel takes you through Anne’s journey from a young age when she was just an innocent girl to her death on the scaffold. It’s a very detailed story, and to be honest a bit too detailed to my taste. I wanted this book to be more dynamic. Most of the time I don’t like how Anne is portrayed in fiction, like some kind of seductive, spoiled b*, but in this book, the author succeeded to show Anne’s growth from an innocent, independent, curious girl to a mature, manipulative, intelligent woman. In this novel, you can clearly see and understand what led her to the execution, what motives she had to act the way she did. Anne was portrayed very realistically and vividly, sometimes I sympathized her and other times was extremely irritated by her actions. Which to me is a good sign that means that I care about what’s going on in the book and don’t stay indifferent or bored. I must admit the fate of some other character bothered me ever more than Anne’s. I seriously cried when Henry Norris was executed. He’s my new favorite fictional crush. I felt so sorry for him OMG.
Overall, l the book was great, except the fact it was too long and contained too many unnecessary details.
P.S: Who is your favorite Henry VIII’s wife? Mine is Jane Seymour (looking forward to reading Alison Weir’s Jane Seymour: The Haunted Queen) and I also really like Catherine Parr.