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Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
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Aug 19, 2012

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bookshelves: historical-fiction, owned-books
Read from August 11 to 19, 2012

I read Maxwell's novel "The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn" and loved it so I was eager to pick up this novel. I have to say I was disappointed with this novel. I liked the depth of interest in Anne that is shown in this book and the ways that she learns to keep her reputation in tact. However, at times I felt like some scenes were simply written for shock factor. There were a few scenes that just left me shaking my head as it was hard to imagine anyone in that time period doing certain things and having ideas like those expressed in this novel. I greatly appreciate the renewed look at Mary Boleyn and the idea that her father told her to be the mistress to King Francois and then King Henry.

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08/11/2012 page 30
08/15/2012 page 185
50.0% "I'm really enjoying this look at Anne. She is still in France at this point in the book and it is very interesting how much emphasis is put on physical pleasure and how she seems to escape the pressure."
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