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The enigmatic Anne Boleyn comes to life in this charming, brilliant portrayal by acclaimed British novelist Margaret Campbell Barnes.

The infamous love of King Henry VIII and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn undertook a rocky journey from innocent courtier to powerful Queen of England. A meticulous researcher, Margaret Campbell Barnes immerses readers in this intrigue and in the lush, glittery world of the Tudor Court. The beauty and charms of Anne Boleyn bewitched the most powerful man in the world, King Henry VIII, but her resourcefulness and cleverness were not enough to stop the malice of her enemies. Her swift rise to power quickly became her own undoing.

The author brings to light Boleyn's humanity and courage, giving an intimate look at a young woman struggling to find her own way in a world dominated by men and adversaries.

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Brief Gaudy Hour
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Brief Gaudy Hour
September 21st, 2014
Brief gaudy hour is a brilliant evocation of Anne Boleyn's life. Anne is shown to have such humanity and intelligence. She is a well rounded character. She did not want to get involved with Henry Tudor but was forced to do so by her family so that they could enjoy their meteoric rise to power. Had she not been involved with Henry Tudor she probably would have married Percy who was the love of her life and led a very happy life. The moment she sleeps with Henry she loses her power over him. This is further exacerbated by the birth of a daughter, Elizabeth I. At her trial she is abandoned by her family. The only one that supports her is her brother who is condemned with her. Her uncle condemns her and her father does not even have the Gumption to attend the trial which would result in the deaths of 2 of his 3 children. It is ironic that Elizabeth, Anne's daughter became the greatest monarch England has ever known far away eclipsing her father. The only drawback about this book is the invention of a stepmother when Anne's own mother was clearly still alive and outlived her by 2 years.
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Brief Gaudy Hour ANovel of Ann Boley
February 3rd, 2014
A great read love English History x
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