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The Boleyn Inheritance (The Tudor Court #3)

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3.81 of 5 stars 3.81  ·  rating details  ·  58,850 ratings  ·  3,540 reviews
The author of The Other Boleyn Girl (2002) returns to the executed queen's doomed family in a historical novel that maps the sad demise of Henry VIII in a series of intimate personal testimonies.

Gregory's tale of greed and revenge takes place against the short, unhappy tenures of Henry's fourth and fifth wives. Jockeying for position close to the throne, three powerful, am
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Published September 16th 2008 by Simon & Schuster Audio (first published 2006)
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Kristen Boers
Aug 30, 2007 Kristen Boers rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who would have liked "The Other Boleyn Girl" if it wasn't so presumptuous.
My favorite Phillipa Gregory book was "The Other Boleyn Girl." I read that book about 6 months before it blew up the bestseller list. My father had seen it at a book store and thought I might like it. So, he bought it for me. I read it. I liked it. It blew up. So then came 'Queens Fool' 'The Virgin's Lover' 'A Constant Princess' and now, 'The Boleyn Inheritence.' Things seem to have gotten worse with each Gregory book. I liked 'The Boleyn Inheritence' in the same way that I like to eat at Chili ...more
Laura
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, “Voilà!” 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, siste
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Agnes
Nov 28, 2007 Agnes rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy historical fiction with harlequin overtones
Oh, bad historical fiction, how I love thee!! I must confess that I had a hard time putting this down, much like its prequel "The Other Boleyn Girl." To be fair, the historical research is impressive, with the author using the most up-to-date resources and theories available about the reign of Henry VIII, but still...the sex scenes! The maidens! The lack of discussion of politics and historical context! Never mind, it was a great read and I'm sure I'll reread both books in a couple of years. (Ha ...more
Katie
Jun 03, 2008 Katie rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers, Women 17 and up
Shelves: favorite, read-once
I read The Other Boleyn Girl first and that book should bow down to this one. The books hardly compare. This one is by far the better book. Although I greatly enjoyed both, for me this one was told in such a unique way and by women I didn't know much about that it grabbed me from the beginning. It tells the story from three different perspectives. One unexpected and extremley interesting the wife of Anne Boleyn's brother, now a widow. Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn) is now a bitter older women wanti ...more
Michelle
Apr 18, 2008 Michelle rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: women who in the future will be that sort of crumbly old Harlequin Romance reader
Shelves: chick-lit
Hmm...do 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
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Jenn
Feb 09, 2008 Jenn rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Fans of Tudor historical fiction
I picked this up immediately after reading The Other Boleyn Girl, unable to slake my thirst for more of Henry VIII and his court. I was skeptical, as all should be when embarking on a sequel of any sort, but was pleasantly surprised. Divided between three narrators, the evil and half-mad Jane Boleyn, the ill-fated Katherine Howard, and the strong survivor, Anne of Cleves, the reader gets a new perspective on the fourth and fifth wives of Henry VIII. Indeed, though I always knew that Anne of Cle ...more
B the BookAddict
May 25, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Historical fiction, Tudor history lovers
Shelves: hist-fiction

Anne of Cleves is one gutsy lady; wedded to Henry VIII who is overweight, foul-breathed and has a putrid leg, she barely speaks English, about to lose her crown to the 'slutty' and silly little Katherine Howard, trapped in England and deserted by her family - does she cave in? No, not Anne.

"Anne Boleyn has been a shameful secret in our family for so long, it hardly matters whether she was innocent or not... It is not as if I have to follow in her footsteps, it is not as if there is a Boleyn inhe
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Lushbug
Fantastic read. Really sucks you into the terrible Tudor age. Henry is brought to life as an old, smelly, fat, puss filled tyrant-deluded and feared by all, his every whim catered to.

Book is narrated by three people, Anne of Cleves who comes over as Henrys fourth bride, Katherine Howards who becomes his fifth wife and Lady Jane Rochford who is lady in waiting to both these brief queens.

Anne of Cleves comes across as a very sensible, kind woman. You can understand everyones confusion and dismay
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Lisa
"So, he is dead at last. The man who failed the promise of his youth, the king who turned tyrant, the scholar who went mad, the beloved boy who became a monster. How many did the king kill? We can start to count now that death has stilled his murderous will. Thousands. No one will ever know. Up and down the land the burnings in the marketplace for heresy, the hangings at the gallows for treason. Thousands and thousands of men and women whose only crime was that they disagreed with him. This is t ...more
Nicola
An unevocative retelling of Henry VIII’s doomed marriages to Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard.

First, I should note that this book contains a lot of paragraphs of the following structure:

“Could this book really be so overwritten? I couldn’t believe that this book was so overwritten. It was overwritten and yet I didn’t know why. Why was it so overwritten?”

No, really. I’m not exaggerating. I wanted to attack the thing with a red pen. I realize that the trend is for historical novels to be sweepi
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Khanh (Clowns, Nightmares, and Bunnies)
I'm a sucker for Tudor historicals. It never gets old reading about the six queens of Henry VIII, and it gives me a serious appreciation for my daily life after reading about the dangers of living in the past. Having a tendency to stick my foot in my mouth results in social ostracism these days for me, in the past, I could have been beheaded, raped, drawn, tortured, disemboweled, boiled alive.

And if I'm lucky, it would have been done in that order.

While it's no torture reading this book, I did f
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Shy
I was first introduced to Philippa Gregory when I watched movie adaptation of one of her novels. The Boleyn Inheritance is actually the third installment in her Tudor series and was preceded by The Constant Princess and The Other Boleyn Girl (The movie was adapted from this novel). I was a bit skeptical while reading the first few chapters of the book but was pleasantly surprised at how good it eventually turned out to be.

In The Boleyn Inheritance, King Henry VIII was no longer the handsome, bel
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Erin (Paperback stash) *is juggle-reading*
4.5
Frankly this book was fascinating. I don't read historical novels so this was a new genre for me. Sure, some of it was invented of course, the author only has so much to go on, but I think she did pretty well with her own inventions blending with historical facts. Thanks to the back of the book, and if you know anything about the history of it at all, you know who will marry who and what will eventually happen. Still, it was not repetitive and the plot was well-paced. Gregory does a good job
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Bunny
When I realized it was this book's turn on the list (I keep about 15 or so books in my car out of the library at a time, and go by order of the list on the library's site), I really wasn't excited. I considered returning it and thinking about picking it up later. I'm glad I didn't.

I really, really enjoy Gregory's style of writing, I have to admit. It's extremely easy to read, which isn't so easy when dealing with historical fiction.

I did not sympathize even a little bit with Katherine Howard. I
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Anna
In this installment of the Tudor court saga Gregory has 3 different characters narrate the story from their own point of view. This has the potential to make for a very interesting story, but the book was so repetitive because each of the characters was so one dimensional. Allow me to save you the time.

Jane Boleyn: I've seen it all before. Doesn't anyone else remember George and Anne. I'm going to get back the power they used to have.

Anne of Cleaves: My brother is a crazy tyrant, the king is a c
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Jemma
If you’ve seen my review of ‘The Other Boleyn Girl’ you’ll know it’s not an understatement to say I was besotted by it; hence my quick acquisition of its follow on title ‘The Boleyn Inheritance.’ I think my 4 stars (not to mention devouring it within three days) speak volumes in what I found upon reading this book; another gem in my historical literature collection.
Events have scurried onwards to 1539, when Henry VIII is seeking his fourth wife after the tragic death of Jane Seymour. We soon le
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Brittany B.


Absolutely wonderful book!! Possibly the best I've read this year. As an audiobook, it is spectacular! Much more fact based than The Other Boleyn Girl.

Her physical account of Henry in his aged years is shocking! He was impotent, wildly obese, balding, with rotting teeth and a constant leg ulcer that was full of foul smelling puss.

This book follows 3 lesser known women in the Tudor court: 2 of Henry's wives, Anne of Cleves and Elizabeth Howard, and George Boleyn's widow, Jane Boleyn. It was fas
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Ashley W
This has to be my favorite book of Philippa Gregory’s. The way she entwines the lives of three rather unknown women (Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard, and Jane Boleyn) is absolutely amazing. While there were some historical inaccuracies, they weren’t as cringe-worthy like in TOBG.

All three women came to court for a reason: Anne of Cleves wanted to escape her creeper of a brother, Jane Boleyn wanted to come into her inheritance, and Katherine Howard was just bored. However, the machinations of c
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Monique
Well have taken a break from reading (I do that periodically when I get a string of disappointing reads and have no time to go library--been using lunch breaks to exercise but am again realizing I must excercise my mind too:) Anyways back to this glorious book..I must say I was pleasantly surprised by Mrs Gregory as I LOVED the book and movie The Other Boleyn Girl and so was hyped to read a tale of what happened after all that? In this book you learn the status of the poor beheaded Queen Anne's ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
The Boleyn Inheritance is the story of Anne of Cleves, Henry VIII's fourth wife; Jane Boleyn, her lady-in-waiting and Anne Boleyn's former sister-in-law; and Katherine Howard, a beautiful young maid-in-waiting. By now, Henry is a hugely fat, sick, stinking, paranoid tyrant. These three women try their best to keep him happy and stay safe.

I went into this knowing only a tiny bit of these ladies' stories. Sovereign , by C.J. Sansom, is set around this time and the tempestuous life at court was di
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Mónica Silva
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Neste terceiro volume da saga A Corte dos Tudor acompanhamos, como o nome indica, a corte de Henrique VIII e o seu reinado sangrento. A autora mais uma vez explora o papel da mulher nesta sociedade, destacando a importância da sedução e da intriga para a ascensão na corte. A estória é narrada por três vozes que complementam as diferentes perspetivas da narrativa: Ana de Clèves, Jane Bolena e Catarina Howard.

Entre o segundo volume e esta obr
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Stacy
Philippa Gregory dropped the ball on this one. This book covers the reigns of Henry VIII's fourth and fifth wives, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Howard. I have enjoyed most of her other books covering the Tudor years in England, but here she leans on the device of having three narrators to lengthen a less-developed story by having them repeat the same ideas over and over. If I had a nickel for every time a character mused some version of "Henry VIII is a selfish, smelly, fat tyrant with a noxious ...more
Maria
Pegar num livro de Philippa Gregory é garantia de uma excelente leitura. A Herança Bolena tem como pano de fundo a corte de Henrique VIII, e como personagens principais, além do rei inglês, duas das suas seis esposas, Ana de Cléves e Catarina Howard, bem como uma mulher determinante na corte inglesa, Joana Bolena.

A época Tudor é assim retratada sob o ponto de vista de três mulheres, com feitios bem diferentes, mas que foram "amigas" a um dado momento na corte de Henrique.

Depois de ter ficado viú
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Judith
I am not a fan of historical fiction, especially the type that features romance. I don't like the romanticizing, the stilted language that many authors think makes it seem "authentic", the manners. Even worse, I dislike the insertion of a "modern" woman into a historical place, unless she is so carefully constructed that I can believe it.

This is a pretty decent piece of work. It features three women who lived in Henry the Eighth's court: Anne of Cleves, about to be married to the king, Katherin
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Cher
3.5 stars. Very enjoyable read, though the weakest installment for me thus far in Gregory's Tudor series. I preferred the single character narration of the prior 2 books to this one, which is split between 3 characters. Way too much time was also spent inside a 14/15 yr old's head in this one, Katherine Howard, which caused a point reduction. Yes, I felt horrible for the poor girl, but I still hated being inside her pretty little head.

It blows my mind the level of complete power King Henry was a
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Amanda
The narration of this novel was interesting. Gregory took three women and tried to create distinct voices for each woman and use them to relay the action around them to the reader. At times this approach to narration worked and other times it was hard to see the difference between the characters. They all have their quirks which is the defining marker of their voice. Towards the end of the book each time we read Katherine she would begin her chapter by listing the things she had, which would hel ...more
Orsolya
This was one of my first Gregory books read and still one of my favorites. Henry VIII's wives are still a topic which capture's the imaginations of many people and the entertainment world (ie films, TV, etc). The Boleyn Inheritance is a glimpse into the world of the "other" wives after the (in)famous Anne Boleyn and her sister-in-law Jane Parker (Lady Rochford) who went to her grave for helping Catherine Howard commit adultery.

Gregory created a magnificent read which tells the stories of wives
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Joyce
I quite enjoyed reading The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory. I knew little of Henry VIII’s two wives, Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard, beyond the 1970 BBC television series, “The Six Wives of Henry VIII”. Once I accustomed myself to the first person present narrative of Gregory’s book (which was a bit jarring at first), I found her telling of the stories of these two lesser-known queens fascinating. Katherine Howard particularly became uniquely sympathetic to me, her end quite heartbr ...more
Johanna
Aug 21, 2007 Johanna rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: history buffs, historical fiction fans, fans of semi-trashy novels.
Shelves: readandfinished
Don't get me wrong, this novel is pretty well-researched and there weren't any points at which I scratched my head and said, "Hey, wait a minute...." but it is a little trashy, with some elements of the bodice ripper. Also, I had to deduct a whole star for Gregory's excessive use of "little" as an adjective. All women were "little" (except for Jane Boleyn, who is batshit crazy), at some point or another, with Katherine Howard being referred to as "Little Kitty Howard" in almost every single chap ...more
Annalisa
Mar 31, 2008 Annalisa rated it 2 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Annalisa by: Melinda
Do you ever read a sequel and it make you like the original less? This book is slower than The Other Boleyn Girl and more repetitive, leaving room to see flaws. I didn't realize how dumb she made Mary in TOBG so she could over-explain plot twists whenever Mary said "I don't get it." Which is just saying your audience needs every subtle nuance explained.

This story is not exciting enough to withstand any degree of bad writing. The scandalous sex in the first book was over the top, but here it verg
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Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the novel The Other Boleyn Girl, which was made into a TV drama and a major film. Published in 2009, the bestselling The White Queen, the story of Elizabeth Woodville, ushered in a new series involving The Cousins’ War (now known as The War of the Roses) and a new era for the acc ...more
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Other Books in the Series

The Tudor Court (6 books)
  • The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2)
  • The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4)
  • The Virgin's Lover (The Tudor Court, #5)
  • The Other Queen (The Tudor Court, #6)
The Other Boleyn Girl (The Tudor Court, #2) The Constant Princess (The Tudor Court, #1) The White Queen (The Cousins' War, #1) The Queen's Fool (The Tudor Court, #4) The Virgin's Lover (The Tudor Court, #5)

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