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Three Women Who Share One Fate The Boleyn InheritanceAnne Of Cleves She Runs From Her Tiny Country, Her Hateful Mother, And Her Abusive Brother To A Throne Whose Last Three Occupants Are Dead King Henry VIII, Her New Husband, Instantly Dislikes Her Without Friends, Family, Or Even An Understanding Of The Language Being Spoken Around Her, She Must Literally Save Her Neck In A Court Ruled By A Deadly Game Of Politics And The Terror Of An Unpredictable And Vengeful King Her Boleyn Inheritance Accusations And False WitnessesKatherine HowardShe Catches The King S Eye Within Moments Of Arriving At Court, Setting In Motion The Dreadful Machine Of Politics, Intrigue, And Treason That She Does Not Understand She Only Knows That She Is Beautiful, That Men Desire Her, That She Is Young And In Love But Not With The Diseased Old Man Who Made Her Queen, Beds Her Night After Night, And Killed Her Cousin Anne Her Boleyn Inheritance The Threat Of The AxeJane RochfordShe Is The Boleyn Girl Whose Testimony Sent Her Husband And Sister In Law To Their Deaths She Is The Trusted Friend Of Two Threatened Queens, The Perfectly Loyal Spy For Her Uncle, The Duke Of Norfolk, And A Canny Survivor In The Murderous Court Of A Most Dangerous King Throughout Europe, Her Name Is A Byword For Malice, Jealousy, And Twisted Lust Her Boleyn Inheritance A Fortune And A Title, In Exchange For Her Soul The Boleyn Inheritance Is A Novel Drawn Tight As A Lute String About A Court Ruled By The Gallows And Three Women Whose Positions Brought Them Wealth, Admiration, And Power As Well As Deceit, Betrayal, And Terror Once Again, Philippa Gregory Has Brought A Vanished World To Life The Whisper Of A Silk Skirt On A Stone Stair, The Yellow Glow Of Candlelight Illuminating A Hastily Written Note, The Murmurs Of The Crowd Gathering On Tower Green Below The Newly Built Scaffold In The Boleyn Inheritance Gregory Is At Her Intelligent And Page Turning Best Hmmdo I recommend The Boleyn Inheritance NO.Here s why 1 It makes me acutely aware that if I enjoyed this series of Phillipa Gregory books in my youth, that when I get crumbly read old , I ll probably end up enjoying Harlequin Romance novels.2 In The Boleyn Inheritance, as with The Other Boleyn Girl, Ms Gregory writes with such myopic vision that I wanted to scream from the claustrophobic feeling She writes around in circles, covering the same topic repeatedly with only slight variation Granted, that is perhaps the entire feel of living at court in King Henry VIII s time, and so she s reconstructing the aura through her writing style The only redemption for it, though, was her use of three perspectives In TOBG, we only got to see Mary s view with editorializing, so this new usage of three narrators was the only fresh air readers get.3 If you are my mother in law or my grandmother, stop reading here.Okay, now that it s just us frivolous girls, this novel is full of intrigue, backstabbing, political gaming, greed, beheading All of which make the perfect plot And then there s the s e x Lots of s e x Ugh It churns my stomach, quite honestly, how incredibly detailed they get, how up close and personal they get with a topic that should, imo, be only personal private I m not a prudeobviously, since I finished reading it when I should have set it aside I know, I know, it s historical fiction, and King Henry VIII was really flatulent, had a huge, open, stinking, puss oozing wound and was impotent to boot I get it Really, I get it Ms Gregory kept hitting me in the face with it all, though, and eventually I got fed up.So, three reasons I won t recommend this to anyone And yet, I can t help imagining that if a friend told me she read it, I d probably grin and say, Is it good for you It did wrap up nicely the loose ends she left in TOBG, like Jane s George s wife betrayal being totally bogus I enjoyed seeing her get her just desserts.Now, on the other hand, if Ms Gregory chooses to novelize Princess Queen Mary s and Queen Elizabeth s reign, I might run headlong into those If I remember correctly, there was NO sex there. The story of Henry the VIII s less well known wives, Katherine Howard and Anne of Cleves, as told by themselves and Jane Boleyn, sister in law of the doomed Queen Anne What Gregory does well is utilize the known history to augment her fiction Her characters might well share the motives of the Tudors Co, and if they don t, well, they re still highly plausible and enjoyably readable Not a subtle book by any means the phrase the Boleyn Inheritance is used no less than 2 million times but totally immersive and admirably detailed.Recommended for fans of female centered historical fiction, those wishing wish Game of Thrones was gossip court intrigue and less high stakes violence despondency. Regele va hot r ce anume e credin i ce e erezie, oamenii nu au c derea s stabileasc lucrul sta n lumea asta nou i primejdioas , nici m car Biserica nu are c derea s stabileasc lucrul sta Regele va hot r cine va tr i i cine va muri c ci are acum puterea Lui Dumnezeu E o sentin dur pentru mine Sunt o femeie t n r , am numai dou zeci i cinci de ani N am gre it cu nimic i totu i voi fi singur pe vecie nedorit , stingher i exilat ntr adev r, c nd un rege se consider Dumnezeu i i urmeaz propriile dorin e, suferin a se abate asupra altora. You have to hand it to Philippa Gregory she creates a lot of suspense out of a story everyone knows the ending to Normally I don t much go in for historical fiction, but this was available at the library on cd and I had a road trip coming up, so, in the words of Katherine Howard, Voil I was entertained, though not enthralled The novel spans Henry VIII s marriages to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard, and is narrated by three women Anne, Katherine, and Lady Rochford Jane Boleyn, sister in law of beheaded Anne Boleyn Anne of Cleves is both intelligent and honorable, and I felt for her as she slowly realizes that she d exchanged the humiliations of her brother s court for the life threatening humiliations of Henry s court The only problem with Anne is her repetitive realizations of Henry s insanity I think he must be mad I fear the king is mad The country is ruled by a madman How many times can you be surprised by this Anyway, it got a bit old, as did her droning on about her life being in danger, especially as we already know she doesn t end up beheaded Remember the rhyme Divorced, beheaded, died divorced, beheaded, survived And besides, Henry VIII wasn t insane, just selfish and corrupt The truly mad character is Lady Rochford, who yearns to return to the same court that had decimated her family a few years before Even unbelievably, she is shocked shocked when her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, proves as duplicitously self serving as ever I mean, isn t it obvious that if a man will throw one niece under the bus, he d throw another one Her machinations seem doomed from the start simply because of who she s taking orders from The real star of the show, however, is Katherine Howard, the endearingly materialistic, shallow, short sighted teenage successor to Anne of Cleves She s not so much stupid as supremely unintellectual, with a genius for flirtation and blindness to danger Surprisingly, I found myself rooting for this self serving little hussy who didn t think twice about feigning ecstasy with a disgusting old man if it meant she d get a new dress There s something refreshing about a person who doesn t know you re supposed to hide your materialism In the audiobook the women are narrated by three different actresses, which adds immeasurably to the individual voice of each character Katherine s portrayal was spectacular Fun to listen to on a drive, though I wouldn t waste the time to read it.