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The Boleyn Inheritance (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #10)

3.84  ·  Rating Details ·  70,764 Ratings  ·  3,956 Reviews
From the bestselling author of "The Other Boleyn Girl" comes a wonderfully atmospheric evocation of the court of Henry VIII, and the one woman who destroyed two of his queens. The year is 1539 and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and the dangerous ...more
Published August 28th 2006 by HarperCollins (first published 2006)
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Emma Edwards If you know the history of Henry VIII and his wives, then I don't think you need to read everything in order. However, if it's all completely new to…moreIf you know the history of Henry VIII and his wives, then I don't think you need to read everything in order. However, if it's all completely new to you, then I'd recommend reading the series in a chronological order or just doing a little bit of research beforehand, just to help you understand who is who.(less)
Emily L If we're talking Anne of Cleves, I think her brother definitely has a weird obsession with her body. It's ambiguous whether it's sexual per se, but he…moreIf we're talking Anne of Cleves, I think her brother definitely has a weird obsession with her body. It's ambiguous whether it's sexual per se, but he definitely feels a need to possess her, and his bodily obsession is part of that. Anne was the only sister who would stand up to him when they were kids, and that always bothered him, and he always looks for some way to reign her in.(less)

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Kristen Boers
Aug 30, 2007 Kristen Boers rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: people who would have liked "The Other Boleyn Girl" if it wasn't so presumptuous.
The story of Henry the VIII’s less well known wives, Katherine Howard and Anne of Cleves, as told by themselves and Jane Boleyn, sister in law of the doomed Queen Anne. What Gregory does well is utilize the known history to augment her fiction. Her characters might well share the motives of the Tudors & Co, and if they don’t, well, they’re still highly plausible and enjoyably readable. Not a subtle book by any means-the phrase “the Boleyn Inheritance” is used no less than 2 million times-but ...more
Jun 12, 2008 Laura rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: best-seller
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
Nov 28, 2007 Agnes rated it liked it  ·  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
Khanh (the meanie)
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
Mar 02, 2008 Michelle rated it really liked it  ·  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 I recommend The Boleyn Inheritance?


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
Jun 03, 2008 Katie rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: historical fiction lovers, Women 17 and up
Shelves: read-once, favorite
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
Nov 09, 2007 Jenn rated it really liked it  ·  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
Ashley *Hufflepuff Kitten*
I must confess, I was putting off reading this for ages and ages because having three main characters each with different viewpoints felt extremely intimidating and sounded very confusing. Ha! I needn't have worried. Each of these ladies' lives is so intertwined with each other that it makes for a REALLY easy read. Add the fact that the audiobook is abridged (elsewise I would NOT have finished this in a day, still trying to wrap my head around that one anyway), and this is an absolute breeze of ...more
B the BookAddict
May 18, 2014 B the BookAddict rated it really liked it  ·  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
Sonja Arlow
Many years ago I read and enjoyed The Other Boleyn Girl and raced to the first next book by this author I could find, which was Wideacre. Oh dear, what a wrong choice that was. I HATED Wideacre , hated it with a passion, and vowed to never bother with a Phillippa Gregory book again. .

I have no great love for court dramas, all that bed hopping, backstabbing and scheming is sometimes exhausting to read so I never thought I would miss much by not continuing the Tudor Series. But a good and trusted
Jan 24, 2010 Lushbug rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
Aug 16, 2007 Lisa rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
"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
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
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
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
Erin ☕ *Proud Book Hoarder*
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
So. This is where I admit defeat and accept that this author simply isn't for me. I tried listening to The Constant Princess and abandoned it because I disagree with the author's characterization of Catherine of Aragon and couldn't suspend my belief far enough to just go with her approach; I abandoned The King's Curse after the first chapter because I disliked the writing; tried this because I liked the idea of reading about Anne of Cleves; and abandoned The Taming of the Queen after the opening ...more
Mónica Silva
Mar 30, 2013 Mónica Silva rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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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
Jan 06, 2009 Bunny rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-09
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
Jun 13, 2007 Stacy rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
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
Jul 06, 2015 Beatriz rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: read-in-2015
4,5 estrelas
Mais um excelente romance histórico desta que é uma das minhas escritoras favoritas. Um livro que nos mostra o pior de Henrique VIII.
Sotiris Karaiskos
Συνεχίζοντας τη μυθιστορηματική περιήγηση μου στα παθήματα των βασιλισσών του Ερρίκου του 8ου έφτασα στο νούμερο 4 και στο νούμερο 5, δηλαδή στην Anne of Cleves και την Katherine Howard. Πρόκειται δηλαδή για ένα δύσκολο θέμα για κάθε συγγραφέα καθώς για αυτές τις δύο κυρίες γνωρίζουμε ελάχιστα πέρα από τους βασικούς χαρακτηρισμούς που τους αποδίδονται: η άσχημη και το τσουλάκι. Το θετικό πάντως είναι ότι η συγγραφέας κάνει μία φιλότιμη προσπάθεια για να παρουσιάσει μία πιο περίπλοκη εικόνα. Στα ...more
JG (The Introverted Reader)
Dec 07, 2008 JG (The Introverted Reader) rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to JG (The Introverted Reader) by: Pat
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
Mar 06, 2015 Jemma rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
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
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
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
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
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
Jun 02, 2014 Ana rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
A intriga palaciana na corte de Henrique VIII vai continuar.
A figura principal deste romance é Jane Bolena que depois de assistir à morte do seu marido Jorge e da sua cunhada Ana, regressa à corte, cruzando o seu destino com mais duas rainhas da era Tudor, Ana de Clèves e Catarina Howard.
Aug 05, 2014 Karen rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Another captivating novel of Tudors, this one of King Henry the VIII's wives #4 and 5. As usual with Gregory's books, I could barely put this down today until I finished.
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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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  • The White Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #2)
  • The Red Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #3)
  • The Kingmaker's Daughter (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #4; The Cousins' War #4)
  • The White Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #5; The Cousins' War #5)
  • The Constant Princess (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #6)
  • The King's Curse (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels #7; The Cousins' War #6)
  • Three Sisters, Three Queens (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #8)
  • The Other Boleyn Girl (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #9)
  • The Taming of the Queen (The Plantagenet and Tudor Novels, #11)

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