Anne Boleyn A King's Obsession (PDF)
Five Amazing StarsI must admit that I love reading about historical ueens This one was AMAZINGThis is the second book in the six tudor ueens series of 6 and I intend to read all of them The ueens were all wives of Henry VIII If you love historical fiction I would highly recommend this book I got totally immersed in the story and was taken back in historyIt begins when Anne Boleyn was a young girl and follows her life and how she became the obsession of the king I was totally absorbed in this book by Alison Weir Thank you to netgalley for an advanced copyBook to be ublished in May 2017 This review and others can be found on BW Book ReviewsDNF at Dark Alchemy (Dark Alchemy, pg 155I have no idea where I want to start this review Generally I love Alison Weir Ifeople want books fiction or non fiction about Tudor history which is the era I m ersonally interested in I will recommend her to them I trust her history Based on other books that I ve read about this era she does a good job and interprets facts generally fairlyHowever let her bias be known Alison Weir has a strong dislike for Anne Boleyn Which is why I have no clue why she wrote this book I m sure it s a art of the book deal she has She gets six books where she can write about the six wives One book for each wife so Anne is one of them Here is Die fremde Stadt: Breslau nach 1945 proof of this whole thing In her book The Six Wives of Henry VIII she calls Anne an ambitious adventuress with aenchant for vengeance g3 in my aperback edition Alison seems to believe that Anne wanted to kill Katherine of Aragon and Princess Mary Those are two things that were explored in this book yet have no historical veracity to themI highly suggest you read these reviews as well of The Dreamer Wakes (The Story of the Stone people who read the whole book or most of the book Charlie s review is detailed and she read the whole book for a book review She has also written a fiction novel about Anne and cares about history Adrienne on the other hand did not read the whole book and did not leave a review or rating however I suggest that you read the comments for it because she does go into depth in some comments She has also done tons of research into this era because she s written books about Catherine Carey Mary Boleyn s daughter and Jane Boleyn the wife of George Boleyn These are twoeople I Rivers Last Longer personally trust a lot and their opinions matter to me So when they say a book is bad I believe it They know about these authors and history than meNow onto the review I read less than 200ages of this book but I was horrified Weir makes so many claims in this book and it s horribly done First she alle I have long been a fan of things Tudor and the work of Alison Weir That she can create such masterful biographies and historical ieces is one thing but to transform all that research into a iece deemed fictional likely because of the dialogue and allow a larger reader base to enjoy and discuss her work adds to the awe surrounding her In this the second book in her newest series Weir takes the reader into the life of Anne Boleyn whose short life offered much to Tudor and English history Anne appears to have lived much of her life in the shadow of others as Weir exemplifies throughout In the early chapters the reader seems Anne casting her gaze towards her older sister Mary who held her The Eat-Clean Diet Cookbook: Great-Tasting Recipes that Keep You Lean! parents favour and made a name for herself at court While following in her sister s footsteps Anne served in two continental courts before she was called home to spend time as a lady in waiting to ueen Katherine While Weirurports that Anne Witchcraft for Tomorrow paled in comparison to her sister s beauty there were a few men who sought the younger Boleyn sister s affections including Sir Henry Norris and the King of England Henry VIII Dismissing the affectionate advances of both while serving at court Anne tried to serve her ueen as effectively asossible The latter Henry would not desist in his approaches as history has helped us see seemed to be his modus operandi throughout his reign While Anne stood firm she was counselled not to rebuff the king for too long and eventually entered into an agreement with him serving as his mistress but would not engage carnally
until there was a dissolution of his marriage to Katherine Weir spends much time weaving together the narrative of the multi there was a dissolution of his marriage to Katherine Weir spends much time weaving together the narrative of the multi journey during which time Henry VIII tried to divorce the ious Katherine finding roadblocks to success within both Canon Law and the Catholic Church However Anne never seems to have that assionate magnetism to Henry VIII that history The Wedding Redux presented and televisionurported fuelled her desire to betray ueen Katherine which might be one of the largest surprises to me in the entire novel Weir Rolling Thunder portrays Anne as living in the shadow of ueen Katherine during this time as Henry VIII could be seen to cower when it came to confronting his first wife The eventual ruling by the Vatican led Henry VIII to create the Great Schism and birth of the Church of England known as the Anglican or Episcopal Church This break offers a natural divide in Anne s life when she transformed from a simple woman into a dynastic member of history Some may argue that it was less Anne than Henry s decision toart ways with Rome but it came about because of her and for this reason I feel Weir s elongated narrative about the lead up is indicative to a great importance in the Anne Boleyn storyWith the dust still settling and the ink not yet dry on the new Royal Decrees Anne agreed to marry Henry VIII with this impediment removed and soon bore him an heir though it was not the son that had been sought Still Princess Elizabeth would be the apple of her father s eye at least until a son was forthcoming Like Katherine Anne s attempts to have a son were troublesome as each subseuent birth was either a stillborn or miscarriage Fraught with concern Anne was forced to battle with the others who held some confusing sway over Henry VIII including his counsellors and Princess Mary his daughter from Katherine Anne was yet again forced to remain in the shadows with the Ye Castle Stinketh: Could You Survive Living in a Castle? princess acting asious as her mother in regards to the true ueen of England Add to this the strain of the ongoing attempts to turn away from Rome and Henry VIII s temper was much shorter which left Anne to face his wrath over minute concerns at court After numerous failed attempts to bring forth a son Anne s allure lessened in the eyes of King Henry and he sought leasure elsewhere With rumours swirling Anne was forced to live in the shadow of these others the new mistresses of Henry VIII It was only when Anne ushed back and refused to allow other women to share Henry s affections that she found herself on the wrong side of a charge of "treason Weir supports this latter art of the narrative well as Anne struggles to understand why she has been subjected to "Weir supports this latter art of the narrative well as Anne struggles to understand why she has been subjected to charge and the apparent false accusations of her unions with the likes of the aforementioned Sir Henry Norris and her own brother George surface Anne struggles to ronounce her innocence and lives in the shadow of the Tower of London her eventual home as she awaits a verdict of beheading Struggling throughout Anne was forced to accept her fate which came about through a set of urported lies and scandalous behaviour All
this because she upset a man that she likely did not love assionately A owerful because she upset a man that she likely did not love The Art of Mary Beth Edelson passionately Aowerful book in the series Weir does a masterful job at bringing Anne Boleyn to life as well as adding depth to some of the struggles that are eppered throughout the history books A must read or Tudor fans who enjoy the intricacies of that time eriod but would also be of interest to those who love history and all things royal I will admit that I have been significantly influenced in my views on Anne Boleyn by Natalie Dormer s Motivational Perspectives on Chronic Pain portrayal of he. Anne Boleyn A King's Obsession by bestselling historian Alison Weir author of Katherine of Aragon The True ueen is the second captivating novel in the Six Tudor ueens series An unforgettableortrait of the ambitious woman whose fate we know all too well but whose true motivations may surprise you Es. ,
R during the television rogramme THE TUDORS Her beauty her air and even the general conniving nature of the young lady in waiting lweft me with a strong sentiment of a less than lovely Anne Reading this book has given me a new outlook on Anne and has helped me Puta piece together a better understanding of things at court during that time It is impossible to understand the true story of Anne Boleyn without an understanding of numerous other actors wholayed various roles Weir develops these characters so well and tied them together wonderfully allowing the reader to bask in a richer and complete narrative While there are surely historical inaccuracies that I know my buddy read companion will be able to recite the story flows so seamlessly as Anne ages and changes from a naive girl into a woman who seeks to hold her own Weir offers up a slow but consistent transformation of Anne throughout the 伝説の勇者の伝説 5 出来心の後始末 piece which is further exemplified by chapters whose focus is aarticular Killer Games period in time As I mentioned above I feel that the only thingushing this novel into the realm of fiction would be its use of dialogue which could not have been substantiated with complete accuracy Still the reader can get the sense that they are right in the middle of these historical events and conversations which is surely a ositive aspect of Weir s writing The story is so rich and Anne has so much to offer the reader will surely want to ace themselves or at least ay special attention to the story so as not to miss anything Then the eager reader of which I admit I will not be one can cross reference things from the first novel and even into the third when it is released to see how Anne is ortrayed as a minor figure there The only major downside to the novel in my humble opinion is that the reader rides such a high when in the middle of it that the crash thereafter and knowing that there is a waiting Cocksure period stings even And don t get me started on trying to get the two short stories that accompany this series to date UK fans should rejoice that they can easily be acuiredKudos Madam Weir for bringing a key Tudor character to light in this novel I am eager to see what else you have in store for us in the coming yearsLikehate the review An ever growing collection of others appears at When kingdoms are at stake human feelings count for nothing This is the story of Anne Boleyn the much talked about second wife of Henry VIII from her childhood up to her executionWritten from Anne serspective this excellent Beyond the Cliffs of Kerry (Bold Women of the 18th Century, piece of work is a mixture of historical fiction and biography If you have an insatiable obsession with Henry VIII and his wives and are curious about the goings on at the court and can t be bothered with a dry and boring history lesson thenick up Alison Weir s books They are well researched and well written vivid and brilliant My thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this bookNo better source than the author herself can Porto Bello Gold perfectly describe the content of this historical novel and the story of Anne Boleyn I have tried to reconcile conflicting views of her and toortray her as a flawed but very human heroine a woman of great ambition idealism and courage who found herself in an increasingly frightening situation I believe that Alison Weir successfully achieved this goalThis second book in the Six Tudor ueens series is an insightful study of Anne Boleyn the young girl who would see the ath she could take and eventually become the ueen of England Ms Weir s historical depiction of Henry VIII s court rovides an educational background and her depiction of Henry s second wife fits with my revious knowledge of Anne Boleyn As there is little in Boleyn s own words that has survived the character traits Ms Weir has wrapped around Anne seem appropriate The Author s Note at the end of the book should not be skipped Ms Weir describes how the novel came together identifying the issues that might arise in this sort of undertaking Where evidence
is lacking and there are scant clues to indicate what happened the author informs us of the times whenlacking and there are scant clues to indicate what happened the author informs us of the times when interpreted facts or statements and inserted what she thinks happened in the book This balance of being both an author and a good historian at the same time "is delicate especially since an author has leeway to stretch truth into fiction However I feel Ms Weir "delicate especially since an author has leeway to stretch truth into fiction However I feel Ms Weir erformed admirably adding only items that could be supported by what we do know to be factualThose readers who haven t read the first book need not worry Even though Katherine of Aragon is mentioned in this book she is treated as a minor character as the focus is on Anne Boleyn It will not matter if you read about Henry s second wife before returning to the first Ms Weir Mein Erster Mörder paints Anne Boleyn with fairness exposing both her good and bad ualities Her ruthless ambition and sometimes reckless behavior might be damaging character traits or may be viewed as merely a reflection of the times she lived in Highly recommended Five stars This is the second book in Alison Weir s new fiction series following the stories of the Six Wives of Henry VIII The first novel looked at Katherine of Aragon concentrating on her as a young woman and wife Of course in this book Katherine of Aragon appears too as we are now looking at the story of Anne Boleyn the woman who replaced Katherine not as a mistress but as a wifeLike therevious novel this is also very much a straightforward fictional biography There is a real sense that Alison Weir is a master of her craft and so knowledgeable of the time eriod that she easily makes you feel that you there at Court with the characters This could bring new readers to historical fiction in the way that The Other Boleyn Girl did when I first discovered the Tudors as a much younger reader Of all Henry s wives I ersonally find Anne Boleyn the most interesting This takes her from a young girl of eleven years old up to the end of her life To many Anne Boleyn is a feminist icon to others she is a scheming ambitious woman and many concentrate on her learning intelligence and her religious reforms I would say that Weir attempts to be fair in her writing whether she is speaking of Katherine or Anne She tells each novel from the Kaki vojaki: roman v rimah in slikah point of view of the central character she is writing about and so gives us a fairly sympatheticortrayal of both This is a difficult balance but Weir is adept at balancing different characters and storylines We begin with Anne going to the court in the Netherlands as a young girl and later France before returning to England She is always in competition with her sister Mary and closest to her youngest brother George This book is full of excellent characters from George s wife Jane Rochford to Wolsey Cromwell and the Boleyn family adept at advancing their lace at King Henry s court Then of course there is Henry capricious difficult to read changeable emotional and unstable The spider at the centre of a web that he knows he has ultimate control of Of course you may not agree with all of Weir s takes on events Whether it is her early love for Henry Percy her battles with Wolsey the demands of her father and uncle or her feelings for Henry and Elizabeth However this is a fascinating historical story and Weir tells it with flair If you have not read the story of Anne Boleyn before you are sure to learn a lot about a woman who gambled and ultimately lost I look forward to reading the later books in this series and always enjoy Weir s storytelling I cried my eyes out I have read many many books about the Tudor era It s an obsession on my art Henry VIII even almost 500 years after his death is still larger than life A bad king obsessed with the continuation of the Tudor line he made oor. Sential reading for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick'Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life' GuardianThe young woman who changed the course of historyFresh from the alaces of Burgundy and France Anne draws attention at the English court embracing the lay Decision after oor decision and left England almost bankrupt But when the dust settled after his death and his other children died Elizabeth was on the throne and ruled for 44 years At least history got than scandalous stories out of Henry s years on the throne Elizabeth was one of the greatest monarchs in English history All is well that ends well MaybeBut I digressAnne BoleynA King s Obsession is Bear Boy part of Alison Weir s Six Tudor ueens series The series starts with Katherine of Aragon Henry s first wifeand continues with this book about Anne beforeroceeding to Wife 3 Jane Seymour I enjoyed this book but it seems Black Women in White America pretty evident that the author does not like Anne Boleynor at least has little sympathy for her Anne isortrayed as a vengeful jealous often Worlds Beyond The Poles paranoid sometimes rightfully so emotional wreck But to uote Cersei Lannister from Game of ThronesWhen youlay the game of thrones you winor you die Anne didn t win So history aints her as a awna schemera whore And she might have been all of those things but erhaps she was just a very strong intelligent woman who got caught up in the business of kings and aid dearly for it Women today often make the mistake of dallying with Monster der Woche powerful married men anda This is a very long and detailed fictional retelling of the life of Anne Boleyn it s easy reading but at the same time is attentive to the historical sources The Fragen Und Wege Zur Rechtseinheit in Deutschland problem is that Weir is not a natural fiction writer she tends to theedestrian whenever the Regent raised Anne s dancing skills the songs she composed or her skill with a lute her cup ran over the simplistic she had given every appearance of being smitten with him and sometimes the hilariously mundane Madame Louise gave him a iece of her mind that s Louise de Savoy and her son King Francois I Alongside that is an obsession with rape Ones and Zeroes poor Mary Boleyn is raped not once but twice by two separate kings and murder both of which would beositively libelous The backbone of the story in term of events and the re use of sources such as Henry VIII s actual letters to Anne Boleyn seem to be somewhat at odds with the fictionalised characters relationships and dialogue there s a lot of Mills and Boon esue descriptions outing lips and fair skin a tendril of flaming red hair and while bodices are not actually ripped all those rapes imply something similar On top of that we have a fictionalised calf love between Anne and one of her courtiers where both of them gaze adoringly at each other for years and we re expected to believe that during Henry s rotracted courtship of Anne not just does he not have sex with her but he doesn t have sex with anyone else either You realise I have not bedded with a woman in years He looked at her in anguish longing in his eyes But then on the other hand another famous historical Kluge personage is a sex addict It s as if I want to devour women it s all I think about day and night I m out of control andowerless to change I ve I ve even forced widows and deflowered maidens As Weir says in her afterword Anne Boleyn remains a historical enigma we have few direct historical sources and many of those are themselves Hugh Hefner's Playboy, 6 Volumes (Collectors) politically biased eg from Imperial ambassadors supporting Katherine of Aragon the Emperor s aunt Weir does at least know the sources and uses them in full and also creates a young Anne Boleyn being educated at the courts of Margaret of Austria and the French courtUltimately this fails to convince me that this is Anne she s tooetulant with her shrieking and her screaming and crying from what we know Anne was far intelligent than this Henry too is a weakened emasculated figure admiring her taste in furnishings and crying when she s mean to him Really you could be a little kinder Katherine never in her life used such ill words to me There were tears in his eyes For all my giggles and misgivings I romped through this in a couple of days commuting it may borrow imaginatively from chick lit and romance but the underlying bones of the story are based on the sources I just wish the characters had had stature and conviction about them 35 starsReview from an ARC from Vine and NetGalley Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel From Beginning to Bookend Anne Boleyn is eleven years old when she leaves her noble English family s estate to serve at the royal court of the Netherlands She is shuffled from one estate to another "before her ambitious father arranges for Anne to work as a maiden "her ambitious father arranges for Anne to work
"as a maiden ueen Katherine wife of Henry VIII Before long Anne inadvertently "a maiden ueen Katherine wife of Henry VIII Before long Anne inadvertently Henry s eye who begs her to be his mistress Though she initially spurns his advances he remains The Race for What's Left: The Global Scramble for the World's Last Resources persistent and Anne soon realizes his affections could be worked to improve her status and that of her family Anne decides tolay along unaware that her machinations will be the cause of her undoing Anne Boleyn A King s Obsession is the second book in the Six Tudor ueens series in which each book is dedicated to recounting the life of one of King Henry VIII s wives Spanning from 1512 to 1536 Anne s life is examined from the time when she is eleven years of age living in her family s Hever Castle to the moment when the light of life leaves her eyes forever Because Henry VIII courts Anne the moment when the light of life leaves her eyes forever Because Henry VIII courts Anne while he s still married to ueen Katherine some of Anne s story overlaps with events from the first book in the series Katherine of Aragon The True ueen Having read books one and two back to back the intermittent overlap was evident but caused minimal irritation due in large art to the intrigue of the events being recounted from Anne s erspective Based on decades of extensive research Weir gives one interpretation of Anne Boleyn s life charting her transformation from a demure and obedient girl to an empowered free thinking adult woman When Anne sets off for the Netherlands at the age of eleven she is imbued with the understanding that her life will always be ruled by men Anne and her brothers and sister had been brought up to render unconditional obedience to their father When she and her sister married their husbands would take over this role It had been drummed into them both that women were weak creatures and should always be subject to the wise dominion of men However while working in the Netherlands and later in France Anne is influenced by her The Journal of Latrobe; Being the Notes and Sketches of an Architect, Naturalist and Traveler in the United States from 1796 to 1820 (Burt Franklin ,) progressive female employers Encouraged to think for herself and given access to literatureenned by feminist author Christine de Pizan Anne adopts unconventional attitudes about the roles of men and women It was wrong surely that men had the right to make women take husbands against their will She would never let anyone force her into marriage No she would never let a man take advantage of her No man would have the chance In fact she was resolved never to have anything to do with the Menace of Club Mephistopheles perfidious dangerous bestial creatures In due time Anne grows to be a sophisticated young woman She becomes aware of her budding figure and the admiring glances of the young men and learns how to flash her dark eyes swish her skirt or sway her hips to effect As her body becomes womanly Anne is delighted to realize that she can enjoy mastery over the opposite sex by shrewdly employing her own sexualrowess to her advantage Nonetheless she carefully guards her virtue determined to never allow a man to make a fool of her Try as she might to retain a sense of autonomy Anne falls in love and in giving her heart to another inadvertently weakens her resolve When her affections are twisted by another for the Practical Programming purpose ofolitical gain Anne s heart is shattered and she is ermanently hardened by the experience She wished how she wished that she had given a better account of herself ut view spoilerthe Cardinal hide spoiler. F courtly loveBut when the King commands nothing is ever a gameAnne has a spirit worthy of a crown and the crown is what she seeks At any Work and Integrity: The Crisis and Promise of Professionalism in America priceANNE BOLEYN The second of Henry's ueens Her story History tells us why she died Thisowerful novel shows her as she livedSIX TUDOR UEENS SIX NOVELS SIX YEARS.