The Boleyn King (The Boleyn Trilogy #1)
Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, ...more
I'm so sorry for the way you died. I hated the way you were branded witch, whore, traitor; I shudder in horror at how you died, beheaded, reviled by a nation, betrayed by your own husband.
But man, the alternative if you had lived is so fucking dull.
After your death, you've been the subject and inspiration of many works of poetry, literature, films. You are now a legend, everything from the aforementioned witch, to temptress, to innocent woman caught in the middle of a vast web o ...more
I admit, I had to gather my courage before diving into Laura Andersen's The Boleyn King. Devoted as I am to history, I find the concept of alternative fiction fascinating. In the right hands it presents a tantalizing opportunity for brilliance, but in the wrong hands, well, in the wrong hands the term epic disaster seems most appropriate. So where in this spectrum does Andersen fall huh? In all honest ...more
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I’m sorry, I know reviewers should focus only on what’s in front of them, but I couldn’t read The Boleyn King without dwelling on the fact that it does not live up to its premise. The selling point of the book, the very title, is the rewriting of history to suppose that Anne Boleyn didn’t lose her head, but instead ca ...more
I am not British and am no expert in British history. I do know, however, the basics about Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn. I do know the consequences of their affair (breaking with the Catholic Church and creation of the Anglican Church). I also know that Anne Boleyn did not have a happy ending, being beheaded after accusations of incest with her own brother. And I do know that Henry VIII had no legitimate sons (CORRECTION: he did have a son, who rul ...more
And the main character is the problem. But more on that later. First, the plot. Anne Boleyn doesn't lose her child but rather gives birth to the son Henry has been longing for. The story proper picks up seventeen years later where that son, named William, is getting ready to enter his ...more
The trilogy is founded upon an intriguing premise – what if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII a son who had lived to succeed his father?
In The Boleyn King, William Tudor (who will be crowned as Henry IX) is in the final year of his min ...more
I LOVED this book.
It's an alternative history were Anne Boleyn's son survives and becomes King.
It's very cleverly written with the dates and real characters, some have survived to older age mainly Anne and George Boleyn.
I'm not sure I ever thought of George Boleyn as he was described here, but I think it needed to be done.
Our main characters are Will, the surviving son, and Elizabeth, along with two best and trusted friends, Do ...more
The Boleyn King, however was an exception because I liked the idea of a “what if” story based around the idea of what might have happened had Anne Boleyn given Henry VIII the son he so desperately wanted; a son who was healthy and strong unlike the son borne to him by Ja ...more
"A man's a man,
But when you see a king, you see the work
Of many thousand men."- George Eliot
Setting:Tudor England; 1553-1554
Coverly Love?:Nah; it doesn't appeal to me.
Plot:The Tudors. We've all hard of them; we all know about Henry VIII and his six wives, how he beheaded two of them and his neverending quest to have a son to inherit the throne. And we all most certainly know his most famous wife, Anne Boleyn, who caused the king to divorce his wife and marry her in the hopes of having an heir ...more
The premise of The Boleyn King is to answer the question: “What if Anne Boleyn gave King Henry VIII a healthy son who lived to become king?” It follows his and Elizabeth’s life, as well as their companions Minuette, and Dominic.
I would like to note that I do enjoy Laura Anderson’s writing. She’s talented, and I think her writing makes for some pleasant light reading.
However, I did have some issues with this novel which prevented me from liking it quite so m ...more
The Boleyn King seems to have it all. There's murd ...more
What if Anne did not miscarry her son in January 1536, but instead gave birth to a healthy royal boy? The premise just grabbed me. I have this fascination about rewriting history books. It’s one of those what if’s.
The Boleyn Kin ...more
Laura Andersen's writing will take you to the inner circle of her alternative Tudor court to live all the majesty, intrigue, and passion of the era alongside unforgettable characters you will wish with all your heart were truly part of history.
Having sworn off anything Tudor, I surprised myself by being drawn to this...and I liked it!
But I have one complaint right off the bat. It ends on a cliffhanger!!!! One conspiracy reveals another, one love affair begins...and the story ends, leaving us waiting for...a year? If the next book was already available, this wouldn't bother me so much, but I fear by ...more
While an older, widowed Anne does play a Queen Mother supportive role (albeit a small one) in the novel, the featured character is William, son of Anne and Henry who is now king of England. Surrounded by c ...more
There is a lot to like about this book. Henry VIII has died and William is the king. However, he doesn't have the full power of the throne until his 18th birthday. His strongest supporter is his sister, Elizabeth. But he also has t ...more
What a fanciful conceit, spinning the story of Anne Boleyn giving birth to a son who becomes king of England, thereby saving herself and her brother George, Lord Rochford, from the executioner’s ax.
Laura Andersen serves up an interesting tale combing both fictional and actual characters. Anne’s son, William, is seventeen when the book begins and his best friend, Dominic is five years older. Minuette, the same age as Will, is Anne’s w ...more
I liked the concept, which showed us a glimpse of what might have been. George Boleyn, Duke of Rochford is lord Protector for A ...more
In The Boleyn King, the question is “what if Anne Boleyn gave birth to a healthy baby boy who proceeded to grow up become king after his father?” There are secrets and conspiracies going on in this book although they are not the central plot. It is a very tumultuous era for the Tudor court; what with the Spanish and the Catholics trying to ignite a ...more
I've long been fascinated with the Boleyn family, so this book easily peaked my interest. The further I got into it, the more I was sucked into this alternate universe. A world where Anne Boleyn provides a male heir, where King Henry VIII only had two wives, where Elizabeth does not sit on a throne except for in the absence of her brother.
In fact the only thing I disliked about the book was how much information was given in the description, as the reader doesn't discover the love triangle u...more
Anyway, I found the story of The Boleyn King both hugely enjoyable and largely convincing. I certainly want to read the rest of the ser ...more