[EBOOK] Anne Boleyn A King's Obsession author Alison Weir
I cried my eyes out I have long been a fan of things Tudor and the work of Alison Weir That she can create such masterful biographies and historical pieces is one thing but to transform all that research into a piece 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 aze towards her older sister Mary who held her 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 Weir purports that Anne 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 as possible 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 year journey during which time Henry VIII tried to divorce the pious Katherine finding roadblocks to success within both Canon Law and the Catholic Church However Anne never seems to have that passionate magnetism to Henry VIII that history presented and television purported fuelled her desire to betray ueen Katherine which might be one of the largest surprises to me in the entire novel Weir 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 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 problem is that Weir is not a natural fiction writer she tends to the pedestrian whenever the Regent praised Anne s dancing skills the songs she composed or her skill with a lute her cup ran over the simplistic she had iven every appearance of being smitten with him and sometimes the hilariously mundane Madame Louise ave him a piece of her mind that s Louise de Savoy and her son King Francois I Alongside that is an obsession with rape poor Mary Boleyn is raped not once but twice by two separate kings and murder both of which would be positively 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 pouting 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 aze adoringly at each other for years and we re expected to believe that during Henry s protracted 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 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 and powerless to change I ve I ve even forced
widows and deflowered maidens As Weir says in her afterword Anne Boleyn remains a historical enigma and deflowered maidens As Weir says in her afterword Anne Boleyn remains a historical enigma have few direct historical sources and many of those are themselves 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 too petulant 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 iggles 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 My thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this bookNo better source than the author herself can perfectly describe the content of this historical novel and the story of Anne Boleyn I have tried to reconcile conflicting views of her and to portray her as a flawed but very human heroine a woman of reat ambition idealism and courage who found herself in an increasingly frightening
SITUATION I BELIEVE THAT ALISON WEIR SUCCESSFULLY ACHIEVED THIS I believe that Alison Weir successfully achieved this second book in the Six Tudor ueens series is an insightful study of Anne Boleyn the young irl who would see the path she could take and eventually become the ueen of England Ms Weir s historical depiction of Henry VIII s court provides an educational background and her depiction of Henry s second wife fits with my previous 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 the issues that might arise in this sort of undertaking Where evidence is lacking and are scant clues to indicate what happened the author informs us of the times when she interpreted facts or statements and inserted what she thinks happened in the book This balance of being both an author and a ood historian at the same time is delicate especially since an author has leeway to stretch truth into fiction However I feel Ms Weir has performed 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 paints Anne Boleyn with fairness exposing both her ood 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 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 Elena's Conquest got totally immersed in the story and was taken back in historyIt begins when Anne Boleyn was a youngirl and follows her life and how she became the obsession of the king I was totall. 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 unforgettable portrait of the ambitious woman whose fate we know all too well but whose true motivations may surprise you Es. ,
Hey know about these authors and history than meNow onto the review I read less than 200 pages of this book but I was horrified Weir makes so many claims in this book and it s horribly done First she alleges that Henry VIII is a rapist I m not saying that he s a Sister of My Heart good man He wasn t At all He was a murderer megalomaniac narcissist and likely had a few other mental disorders in there from whatever cause For all he was he was not a rapist There are no historical allegations of it so therefore there s no point in actually making that theory Weir posits it her book about Mary Boleyn then carries it into hereGeorge Boleyn is also framed as a rapist This is something that Charlie and Adrienneo into detail in for their reviews I didn t King Alfred's Version of St. Augustine's Soliloquies get far enough to read that part but it was hinted at Again George has no historical claims to being a rapist The only place he s called that is in a poem by Cavendish No historical writing This link canive information than I can And it basically tells you why Weir is completely wrongWeir also talks about Anne Boleyn and Henry Norris For those who don t know Henry Norris is a man who was executed for treason and adultery with Anne This comes about because Henry Norris was Rescuing Gus going to try to marry someone in Anne s train as a lady in waiting but he hadn t proposed yet Anne told him that he was looking for dead man s shoes Aka when Henry died Norris would want to marry her instead Anne also in her last confession said that she had never offended with her body against the King pg 536 in this bookWeir says that this means that she offended him cheated on him with her thoughts Not her body but in her mind she committed adultery Apparently this means that Norris is the one who she put her affections on There is no veracity for this whatsoever Again this is a theory that Weir cooked up and put in here And it seems as if Weir is basing it off of a retracted confession Norris made after his arrest and the fact that he hung around her rooms a lot to flirt with a woman he was interested inWeir falls into the trap ofoing with the unfavorable opinions of Anne Not just trying to kill people but her looks as well Sallow skin and some tiny hint of a sixth finger I believe because both Anne s supporters and enemies wrote about that But Weir talked about her terrible moles and on and on Both sides never talked about that No paintings of her show it She was a beautiful woman albeit unconventionally so Otherwise she wouldn t have caught Henry s eyeSo we already have terrible history on the part of a historian This is also awfully written as if Weir just wanted to Class of 92: Out of Our League get this shit over with It s so mind numbingly boring that I couldn t concentrate on the words And this is one of my favorite historical figures Hell I have Anne Boleyn s signature or one of her reported signatures since we don t know for sure tattooed on my armI know that people will probably comment on this review if itets enough attention and shout at me about how this is fiction It s historical fiction Authors are allowed to make their own things They re allowed to take facts and wiggle them around Change them And I agree with you Yes authors can take liberties They should They should have some pet theory and toy with itHowever these pet theories should be based on facts If there is no historical rounding or evidence for them the theories are unsupported and should be dropped Alison Weir has made a living off being called a historian This is not acceptable even for fictionSkip this book Just skip it Read some actual historical books about Anne instead And if you do decide to read it actually keep in mind that Weir is incredibly biased and you shouldn t take her work as fact Research if you find the topic interesting rather than blindly believe her I have read many many books about the Tudor era It s an obsession on my part 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 poor decision after poor decision and left the continuation of the Tudor line he made poor decision after poor decision and left 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 ot than scandalous stories out of Henry s years on the throne Elizabeth was one of the reatest monarchs in English history All is well that ends well MaybeBut I digressAnne BoleynA King s Obsession is 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 before proceeding To Wife 3 Jane Seymour Wife 3 Jane Seymour enjoyed this book but it seems pretty evident that the author does not like Anne Boleynor at least has little sympathy for her Anne is portrayed as a vengeful jealous often paranoid sometimes rightfully so emotional wreck But to uote Cersei Lannister from Game of ThronesWhen you play the ame of thrones you winor you die Anne didn t win So history paints her as a pawna schemera whore And she might have been all of those things but perhaps she was just a very strong intelligent woman who ot caught up in the business of kings and paid dearly for it Women today often make the mistake of dallying with powerful married men and pay a big price At least they don t cut our heads off on a scaffold any Divorce is much simpler these daysWeir also takes a bit of creative license with history This is historical fiction so a bit of that is expected But some of the changes I found a bit cringe worthylike Katherine of Aragon being murdered It was rud at the time that Anne had Katherine poisoned but most likely it was a natural death from cancer or just years of stress and depression from The Kings Great Matter There is no historical proof that Katherine was poisoned with herbs It s difficult to fill in emotions thoughts and motivations for people who all died almost 500 years agoso the author filled in the blanks with the stuff of fiction It makes for a ood readbut it s not historically accurate In this case that s okthis is historical FICTION She can do thatfor the most part she sticks true to actual events I read a few reviews that totally attacked this book for being historically inaccurate It s a fictionalized story about Anne Boleynnot a non fiction reference book Jumping off the main track for the purposes of drama is allowed when writing a fiction novel even about real historical characters Want pure history Read non fiction Want to experience the drama of court and a bit of Henry VIII style naughtiness Read historical fiction I listened to the audio book version of this story Recorded Books Inc Narrated by Rosalyn Landor the audio is just short of 20 hours long I caught myself a few times talking back to my phone as I listened When Anne waxed long about how it would be when she was ueen and how much Henry loved her etc etcI just kept saying No Don t do itit isn t oing to end well But offering advice to women who had their heads forcefully removed centuries in the past doesn t change the outcome Messing with powerful wealthy married men didn t end well in the 1500 s and it still doesn t end well today Monica Lewinsky is a reat example Poor decisionvery public shaming At least she didn t lose her head over itEnjoyable read Since I have already read the 3rd book on Jane Seymour I m moving on to the fourth book in this seriesAnna of Kleve The Princess in the Portrait 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 s perspective this excellent 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 Moonrise goings on at the court and can t be bothered with a dry and boring history lesson then pick up Alison Weir s books They are well researched and well written vivid and brilliant. F courtly loveBut when the King commands nothing is ever aameAnne has a spirit worthy of a crown and the crown is what she seeks At any priceANNE BOLEYN The second of Henry's ueens Her story History tells us why she died This powerful novel shows her as she livedSIX TUDOR UEENS SIX NOVELS SIX YEARS.
Alison Weir ç 8 summaryY absorbed in this book by Alison Weir Thank you to netgalley for an advanced copyBook to be published in May 2017 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 to ueen Katherine wife of Henry VIII Before long Anne inadvertently catches Henry s eye who begs her to be his mistress Though she initially spurns his advances he remains persistent and Anne soon realizes his affections could be worked to improve her status and that of her family Anne decides to play 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 Boleyn 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 part to the intrigue of the events being recounted from Anne s perspective Based on decades of extensive research Weir Fallen Angel: The Passion of Fausto Coppi gives one interpretation of Anne Boleyn s life charting her transformation from a demure and obedientirl 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 progressive female employers Encouraged to think for herself and After Tamerlane: The Global History of Empire Since 1405 given access to literature penned 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 perfidious dangerous bestial creatures In due time Annerows to be a sophisticated young woman She becomes aware of her budding figure and the admiring Alien Alpha 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 sexual prowess to her advantage Nonetheless she carefullyuards 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 iving her heart to another inadvertently weakens her resolve When her affections are twisted by another for the purpose of political ain Anne s heart is shattered and she is permanently hardened by the experience She wished how she wished that she had iven a better account of herself put view spoilerthe Cardinal hide spoiler 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 the previous 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 period that she easily makes you feel that you there at Court with craft and so knowledgeable of the time period that she easily makes you feel that you there at Court with 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 personally find Anne Boleyn the most interesting This takes her from a young irl 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 writing whether she is speaking of Katherine or Anne She tells each from the point of view of the central character she is writing about and so ives us a fairly sympathetic portrayal of both This is a difficult balance but Weir is adept at balancing different characters and storylines We begin with Anne oing to the court in the Netherlands as a young irl 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 place 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 ambled and ultimately lost I look forward to reading the later books in this series and always enjoy Weir s storytelling This review and others can be found on BW Book ReviewsDNF at pg 155I have no idea where I want to start this review Generally I love Alison Weir If people want books fiction or non fiction about Tudor history which is the era I m personally 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 Beautiful Ghosts good job and interprets factsenerally 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 part of the book deal she has She Alexandra, Gone gets six books where she can write about the six wives One book for each wife so Anne is one of them Here is proof of this whole thing In her book The Six Wives of Henry VIII she calls Anne an ambitious adventuress with a penchant for vengeance pg3 in my paperback 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 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 doeso into depth 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Also Done Tons Ofdone tons of 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 two people I personally trust a lot and their opinions matter to me So when they say a book is bad I believe it 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 palaces of Burgundy and France Anne draws attention at the English court embracing the play