KATHERINE OF ARAGON (5/16) WAS THE FIRST IN THIS IRRESISTIBLE NEW SIX TUDOR QUEENS SERIES, with one standalone book per year chronicling the fascinating lives of Henry VIII’s six queens. “If this greatly impressive inaugural installment is any indication, Tudor lovers have much to look forward to.” (starred Booklist); “Meticulous research, combined with Weir’s empathy for her subject, makes this an illuminating and engaging portrait of ’the true queen.’” (Historical Novels Review); “A vividly detailed rendering of a well-known tragedy.” (Kirkus Reviews)
NEW INSIGHTS into Anne Boleyn’s scandalous and ultimately tragic relationship with Henry VIII, such as Anne’s real feelings about Henry, the revelation that she was most likely guilty of adultery in mind, if not in body, and the fact that she could feel little affection for her daughter Elizabeth, so disappointed was she that she was not a boy.
ACCLAIMED BRITISH HISTORIAN: Weir has studied and written about the Tudors for decades, and brings her deep knowledge together with the latest research and theories.
BESTSELLING AUTHOR: Weir has had ten New York Times bestselling titles, fiction and non-fiction, over the last ten years.
“A persuasive attempt to restore the humanity of a tragic, misrepresented figure, one of history’s original nasty women…Weir’s fictional Anne is ferociously smart and guilty of nothing but craving the power that’s rightfully hers to claim.”—NPR
“This is a stunning, engaging, comprehensive and convincing novel…. Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession is important, page-turning biographical fiction, hauntingly and beautifully told in first-person narrative. It is psychologically penetrating and packed with wonderful, vivid scenes. [Alison] Weir’s characterisation is superb, and this complex novel will be, without doubt, one of the most admired works of historical fiction of 2017.”—Historical Novels Review
“One of historical fiction’s most compelling and exciting portraits of the enduringly fascinating and mysterious Anne Boleyn.”—Lancashire Evening Post
“Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession is beautifully written, exquisitely detailed, and gives readers a more down-to-earth picture of the often maligned Anne…. Don’t miss this series.”—Romance Reviews Today
“This Anne is clever and clear-sighted…. Those sympathetic to Boleyn tend to stumble at her documented spite towards Katherine of Aragon and Mary Tudor, but Weir roots this bad behaviour in understandable insecurity as the King’s ardour for her wanes and the longed-for son does not arrive. This tale of Anne’s ascent and demise cannot escape comparisons with Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall series, which deals with the same events. Weir’s version [is] detailed, immaculately researched and convincing. She is particularly interesting on Anne’s probable exposure to early feminist writings.”—The Times (UK)
“[Weir] explores Anne’s influences and motivations, creating a multifaceted portrait of an ambitious woman who reluctantly accedes to Henry’s courtship and later acts out of desperation to protect herself and her daughter, Elizabeth. Even readers who know Anne’s story well should gain insights from this revealing novel.”—Booklist
“A richly detailed rendering of the familiar Tudor drama…Weir brings considerable expertise to her portrait of Anne as ‘a flawed but very human heroine, a woman of great ambition, idealism and courage’…[and] vividly depicts court life.”—Kirkus Reviews
“A well-written and fast-paced novel that should appeal to fans of Tudor-era fiction looking for a fresh look at one of the period’s most popular protagonists…Weir’s Anne, an intellectual and ambitious woman highly interested in the latest thinking about both religion and women’s social roles, fits in well with the recent impulse in both scholarship and fiction to reclaim Anne from being portrayed as merely a manipulative temptress and cold-hearted homewrecker. Anne in the years before she catches Henry’s eye is particularly interesting.”—Library Journal
“A marvelous book—Anne comes alive and leaps from the page, fascinating, enthralling, full blooded—you can’t help but fall in love with her. A brilliant evocation of the period and a knife-edge moment in British history. Wonderful.”—Kate Williams, author of Becoming Queen Victoria
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