Acclaimed and beloved historical novelist Norah Lofts brings to life the danger, romance, and intrigue of the Tudor court that forever altered the course of English history.
The king first noticed Anne Boleyn as a heartbroken sixteen-year-old, sullen and beautiful after a thwarted romance with the son of the Earl of Northumberland. "All eyes and hair," a courtier had said...more
The first half of this book I would give four stars, but I really didn't care for the second half at all (it would probably get the two stars I originally rated this book). The book jumps around different people's points of view, which I liked (at...more
Mary Boleyn is, of course, so sympathetic a character is TOBG that i...more
The book is very well done, despite the fact it has a slightly dated feel to it – the kind of stale whiff you get from historical fiction written in the early to mid twentieth century. Still, Lofts did her research, showing off the Tudor court and characters with the precession and brilliance of a master jeweler. However, she did so much research that she likes to show it off by quoting either a primary or secondary source at the beginning of each chapter.
Yes, it’s good to know she followed the...more
There are several other differences between the two books as well. The Concubine, which nickname was given to Anne Boleyn by the Spanish Ambassador (a friend to Catharine of Aragon), is far more sympathetic to Anne; though still scheming...more
I liked this book because it offered so many different views on Anne Boleyn's rise and fall. It was...more
This is a book crossing book that is currently available if...more
Lofts was born in Shipdham, Norfolk in England...more