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At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Clinard Barnhill
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Feb 23, 2012

it was amazing
Read from January 31 to February 14, 2012

I love the Tudor era and I especially love to read about the characters who were not always front and center. We all know what happened to Anne Boleyn but this telling of the story with Lady Margaret Shelton as a close confidant and friend of Anne's is a delightful addition to the story. I, like others who read this genre, feel that Anne got a raw deal from Henry VIII. Yes she was manipulative and cunning but I feel she didn't deserve what she got. Lady Margaret, to me, was the perfect companion to Queen Anne as not only was she a cousin, she also loved Anne not only as queen but another woman and friend. This is a bittersweet tale of love lost and love found, but at what cost? Will Lady Margaret be able to be with the man she loves or will she become another plaything of Henry VIII? Ms.Barnhill's telling of this well known era in English history is told with compassion and a love for the characters. Court intrique and machinations abound to the point where life can be a dangerous thing especially for a woman. Ms. Barnhill tells a wonderful story, maybe because she is related to Anne Boleyn and Elizabeth I.

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