Friday, April 13, 2007

The Boleyn Inheritance

Title: The Boleyn Inheritance
Author: Philippa Gregory
HarperCollins, 2007

I am no Tudor scholar but for me, Philippa Gregory's Tudor court novels make the era come alive. In this one, we are introduced to the quiet, serious Anne of Cleves who is happy to escape her tyrannic brother and Katherine Howard, ditzy teenager who measures her happiness in the amount of pretty gowns currently in her possession. Both become wives of Henry XIII whose court is a truly terrifying place where anyone can be struck down, and everyone's lives depend on the wim of this cruel madman. This novel is the perfect summer indulgence!

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