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Mademoiselle Boleyn

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When her father is assigned the task of spying on the French Court, the charming and sweetly innocent Anne Boleyn is delighted by the thought of a new adventure. And she is not to be disappointed, for her beautiful sister, Mary, has been handed a mission: to let herself be seduced by the King of France in order to uncover his secrets.

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Dawn (& Ron)
Sep 18, 2009 Dawn (& Ron) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anne and Mary Boleyn and Tudor fans, Leonardo da Vinci
I was reminded tonight of having read this book and it made me think about what it was that I liked about it. This tells of a different time period in Anne Boleyn's life, from when she is a little 9 year old girl and going over to the French court with her sister Mary, and finishes upon her return to England years later.

Their father is as manipulative and power hungry as he was in the tv series, with not much middle ground. Maxwell has Mary as the bed hopping sister with Anne learning from givi
Jan 13, 2008 Missybw rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction fans
Excellent! In a word, that's it, excellent. A very interesting viewpoint of the early years of one of British history's most misunderstood figures. Anne Boleyn is typically written off as a royal bimbo (more aptly that would be Catherine Howard) or worse, a royal maneater (ala Catherine the Great, but with less power). Truthfully, my take on Anne is that she was more modern than the times could allow and her power was only destroyed thru a rewrite of who she actually was. She had the misfortune ...more
Apr 02, 2008 Lauren rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Caution to anyone who does not like to read raunchy books. Some sections made me blush! However, as anyone familiar with the Rennaissance court of Francois I knows, Francois got around. Further, women at that time period were used as pawns to advance the power of their families. Thus, while the virtual prostitution of Mary Boleyn is shocking for modern tastes, ambitious parents would often push their (young and presumably unwilling) daughters into the beds of kings. While there is no historical ...more
May 11, 2010 Roniya rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
This novel showcases an intriguing snapshot of Anne's life, namely her largely unexplored childhood. While the plot and incidents are engaging enough ,in my opinion, to make for a worthwhile read,you would think that any story focusing on her childhood would point out how she became the calculating schemer she revealed herself to be in England. However,it is as if the novel assumes this part of her personality to be a spontaneous eruption. Throughought the duration,she is portrayed as a rather m ...more
Bekah Porter-Sandy
This book did it. I have fallen helplessly in love with Robin Maxwell and her delightfully delicious historical fiction.
I just happened upon her "Jane" novel when browsing a local bookshop, and while I initially purchased the book for its subject matter, I found myself back at the bookstore looking for her other titles because I so much enjoyed her style and unique voice.
Fortunately, I was not disappointed, and both purchases have brought me nothing but satisfaction.
I enjoy her light touch, whic
Heather Domin
This was an enjoyable read, entertaining, well written, with a large cast of supporting characters I really liked. (Poor Mary Boleyn, I felt for her the most.) The history was well done, and it was interesting to look at the time period from a different direction. The only drawback was Anne herself. When you tell a story in first person POV, that person has to be present at all the important events; I don't mind that at all. But Anne's special-ness was laid on a little thick: every royal person ...more
I really liked this book; Anne was portrayed in a positive light (for once), and accurate or not, it was sort of refreshing.

My knowledge of the Tudors is embarrassingly limited, I'm afraid; when I read fiction based on historical fact, I never know what's fact and what isn' I end up taking EVERYTHING with a grain of salt. I DO know that no one, famous or not, is all bad or all good; with that in mind, this book was a nice counter to all the negative portrayals about her I've read recently.
Aug 17, 2010 Laura rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2011, favorites
Anyone who is truly interested in Anne Boleyn will want to read this book, and I think be pleasantly surprised. Even enthusiasts of Boleyn or the Tudor period might want to consider Maxwell's take. The novel is a coming of age story that examines Anne's early life at about nine years old and her time in the Netherlands and then when her father, Thomas Boleyn sent her and elder sister Mary to the French court. Everything about this book was fascinating, especially as it was written in first perso ...more
May 24, 2008 YoSafBridg rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: own-and-read
Robin Maxwell considers her Mademoiselle Boleyn to be a prequel to her previous (rather excellent) works as it tells of Anne’s youth (before she rather fatally catches the eye of the lecherous King Henry IVIII, much of it spent in the French court of King Francois and Queen Claude (daughter of King Louis XII). She befriends Leonardo da Vinci (not mentioned in the history books but imagined, i suppose reasonably, by Maxwell).

It's been quite some time since i read her earlier works and, memory be
Aug 10, 2013 Kat rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
I have read so many books on Anne Boleyn over the last few years that you'd think I'd have exhausted all of the possible plots by now. I did fear as much but was pleasantly surprised by Robin Maxwell's take on this popular character in Mademoiselle Boleyn.

Mademoiselle Boleyn is a novel that chooses to explore Anne's earlier life rather than the life we all know; the rise and subsequent decline of Queen Anne of England. A majority of the novel takes place in France during the early 1500's as Anne
Nov 13, 2009 Kari rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was a nice story set in Anne's childhood in the French court. I might have given it 5 stars, but at the end there was a Q&A with the author in which she complains about another book by a different author. ("One book actually claimed that a male child born to Mary, fathered by Henry while she was his mistress, was stolen by Anne and brought up by her at court as her own. That Anne brought up her sister's son at court, claiming it as Henry's and hers, is as far as I know, entirely fictiti ...more
Dec 18, 2014 Dana rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
As someone who has read a lot of medieval history books, both fiction and nonfiction, I found this book a little hard to swallow. Anne Boleyn has gotten a very unfair shake in history, but I doubt sincerely she was EVER as naive as she was purported to be in this book. I found the scenes between her and some of the other characters to be cloyingly sweet and silly, and I think the alleged friendship between her and Leonardo daVinci to be totally over-the-top. Not really sure I would recommend thi ...more
Sep 15, 2013 Lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Ahhhhh! Another book about Anne. *sigh* I enjoyed learning about her early years in France. What a smart girl that was full of life and potential.

What an eye opener on how women were nothing but pawns in a mans world. That to them, you were just something to be used for either sexual pleasure or for child bearing.

Anne's sister, Mary, had beauty for and against her. It was like she was put in to sex slavery by her father, then the King of France. Just when finally things were happy for her, King
Lisa Lap
May 03, 2008 Lisa Lap rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a time period I really love. All of the court conspiracies, the underlying strive for power at a time when women had very little recognized authority, all the behind the scenes machinations etc. Truly intriguing.

I admire the author's ability to portray Anne as a much more sympathetic character rather than the typical villification of her. I found this book a fascinating read and was really disappointed at the abrupt end.
Janine Treannie
May 10, 2017 Janine Treannie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved how this book mainly brings you through Anne's younger years, starting at I believe the age is 9 when she is sent to live at the French court with her sister Mary up until the age of 16 or 17 when she is to leave & head back to England.

I thought the author did a really excellent job at bringing out Anne's character. Even though she is young, Anne is very clever & learns quickly. She really starts to see the BIG PICTURE of her surroundings along with a little help from Queen Claud
Elle Millar
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Aimee Johnson
Feb 28, 2017 Aimee Johnson rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I have read other books by this author & this one was by far her worst. She clearly felt the need to release her vulgarity into this one. Anne Boleyn was not even remotely as clever as she thought she was and the character itself was unbelievable. Glad it was only 324 pages, very disappointing.
Joi Grady
May 06, 2017 Joi Grady rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Although it didn't pull me I as quickly as a Phillipa Gregory book does, I ultimately couldn't put it down and read the majority of it in a day. An enjoyable read of Anne's life as a young girl at the French court.
Belinda Curd
Jan 28, 2017 Belinda Curd rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Could not put it down. I'd read about Anne Boleyn before but this book covers her early years before her and King Henry were together. Wonderful read!!!
Jan 30, 2012 M A rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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Mar 04, 2013 Shannon rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Mademoiselle Boleyn is Robin Maxwell’s follow up to her debut novel, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn. Once again, Maxwell gives the reader an innovative, imaginative while plausible account of Anne Boleyn’s youth during her service at the French court. It was refreshing to delve into this period of Anne’s life that has been mostly overlooked. Certainly these were Anne’s, like most young girl’s, formative years and I believe that Anne’s personality was greatly shaped by her time in France. Also r ...more
Feb 03, 2015 Caitlin rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Read this review and others like it at my blog Brains and Beauty.

This book amazing! I seriously did not want to put it down, but I also didn’t want it end. The great part of this book is that it explores a part of Anne Boleyn’s childhood that is not usually talked about. The author does a great job of imagining the French court during Francois I’s reign and I found myself spellbound within this world. As well as creating as magical setting, she also manages to make Anne human and likeable.

This w
Rachel Swords
Jul 29, 2011 Rachel Swords rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: tudors
Reading Tudors fiction is like trying new food: you never know if you're going to like it or not. Well, in the case of Robin Maxwell's "Mademoiselle Boleyn," I liked it very much. Maxwell, who had previously written the wonderful "Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn," which focused on Anne's courtship with Henry VIII and last days in the Tower of London, chooses to write about a little known period of Anne's life- her days at the court of France, first serving Queen Mary Tudor, then Queen Claude. The st ...more
Feb 09, 2008 Meredith rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Philippa Gregory
Recommended to Meredith by: Deb
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When her father is assigned the task of spying on the French Court, the charming and sweetly innocent Anne Boleyn is delighted by the thought of a new adventure. And she is not to be disappointed, for her beautiful sister, Mary, has been handed a mission: to let herself be seduced by the King of France in order to uncover his secrets.

Mesmerized by the thrilling passion, intrigue, and betrayal that unfolds, Anne discovers the power of being a woman who catches the eye of a
Feb 15, 2017 Kathy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Wow - this was one heck of a read. The author explores how Anne's childhood in France helped to form the woman she became. Maxwell does flesh out her story with an imagined relationship to Leonardo da Vinci, so if you're a purist, this isn't the book for you. I loved it.
Isabelle Chen
Nov 10, 2011 Isabelle Chen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I was obsessed with Anne Boleyn after watching the TV drama Tuduors features Natalie Dormer. After reading Robin's version of Anne's story in French court before going back to UK. I come to know the story behind this great woman, she was the translator to French King at the age of 9, witness the French Queen giving birth at 9, knew the wars and politics very well by the age of 10, became friends with the master Da Vinci at 10; apart from her own story, her sister Mary Boleyn was a complete tradg ...more
I have read a LOT about the Tudors, particularly Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. This book stands apart from many of the others though, as it is told from Anne Boleyn's point of view. I think Maxwell does a great job working with historical language and putting a young girl's thoughts in perspective with the time period. Occasionally she slips into more modern-sounding language, but it's relatively infrequent and thus is easy to overlook. This is turning out to be a really fascinating read, detailin ...more
Feb 07, 2017 Jasmine rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I enjoyed this book. It was refreshing. Mademoiselle Boleyn looks at the infamous Anne Boleyn. Unlike other authors though, Robin Maxwell explores not the queen, but the girl who would one day change a nation to become its queen.

The book follows Anne from her short time in Archduchess Margaret's home, her many years in the licentious court of Francois, and her homecoming to England. The book explores the influences in young Anne's life that would shape the forward thinking woman. I thought this
Jenny GB
Nov 25, 2012 Jenny GB rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Robin Maxwell takes on the early life of Anne Boleyn in this fascinating novel. The novel tells about Anne's years in the French court with her sister. While in the French court Anne really grows up and comes of age. She learns about men and women, politics, sexuality, and religion. Many formative experiences take place that shape her future life as queen of England.

I haven't read all the literature about Anne Boleyn, but I don't think this is a road usually traveled by authors. I usually read n
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Robin Maxwell began writing novels about the historical figures she had been obsessing about since graduating from Tufts University with a degree in Occupational Therapy. Her first novel, "The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn," now in its 24th printing, won two YA awards and has been translated into fourteen languages. "The Wild Irish" - an epic tale of Ireland's rebel queen, Grace O'Malley - closed ou ...more
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