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Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession

(Six Tudor Queens #2)

4.07  ·  Rating details ·  5,139 ratings  ·  732 reviews
Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession by bestselling historian Alison Weir, author of Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, is the second captivating novel in the Six Tudor Queens series. An unforgettable portrait of the ambitious woman whose fate we know all too well, but whose true motivations may surprise you. Essential reading for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwi ...more
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Published May 18th 2017 by Headline Review (first published May 16th 2017)
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Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his) It's utter historical fiction. Ren is right. Weir is renowned and known to remain historically accurate. But this book really shows her bias against A…moreIt's utter historical fiction. Ren is right. Weir is renowned and known to remain historically accurate. But this book really shows her bias against Anne and she takes theories that have no historical validity and runs with them.(less)

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Hannah Greendale
Click here to watch a video review of this book on my channel, From Beginning to Bookend.



Anne Boleyn is eleven-years-old when she leaves her noble English family’s estate to serve at the royal court of the Netherlands. She is shuffled from one estate to another before her ambitious father arranges for Anne to work as a maiden to Queen Katherine, wife of Henry VIII. Before long, Anne inadvertently catches Henry’s eye, who begs her to be his mistress. Though she initially spurns his advances,
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Matt
May 31, 2017 rated it really liked it
Recommended to Matt by: BAM The Bibliomaniac
Shelves: audiobook, buddy-read
I have long been a fan of things Tudor and the work of Alison Weir. That she can create such masterful biographies and historical pieces is one thing, but to transform all that research into a piece deemed fictional (likely because of the dialogue) and allow a larger reader base to enjoy and discuss her work adds to the awe surrounding her. In this, the second book in her newest series, Weir takes the reader into the life of Anne Boleyn, whose short life offered much to Tudor and English history ...more
Susan
Feb 17, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This is the second book in Alison Weir’s new fiction series, following the stories of the Six Wives of Henry VIII. The first novel looked at Katherine of Aragon, concentrating on her as a young woman and wife. Of course, in this book, Katherine of Aragon appears too, as we are now looking at the story of Anne Boleyn; the woman who replaced Katherine – not as a mistress, but as a wife.

Like the previous novel, this is also very much a straightforward fictional biography. There is a real sense that
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Roman Clodia
This is a very long and detailed fictional retelling of the life of Anne Boleyn: it's easy reading but at the same time is attentive to the historical sources. The problem is that Weir is not a natural fiction writer: she tends to the pedestrian ('whenever the Regent praised Anne's dancing skills, the songs she composed, or her skill with a lute, her cup ran over'), the simplistic ('she had given every appearance of being smitten with him'), and sometimes the hilariously mundane ('Madame Louise ...more
Caidyn (BW Reviews; he/him/his)
This review and others can be found on BW Book Reviews.

DNF at pg. 155

I have no idea where I want to start this review. Generally, I love Alison Weir. If people want books, fiction or non-fiction, about Tudor history -- which is the era I'm personally interested in -- I will recommend her to them. I trust her history. Based on other books that I've read about this era, she does a good job and interprets facts generally fairly.

However, let her bias be known. Alison Weir has a strong dislike for An
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Dee Arr
May 14, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical-novel
My thanks to NetGalley for a complimentary copy of this book.

No better source than the author herself can perfectly describe the content of this historical novel and the story of Anne Boleyn: “I have tried to reconcile conflicting views of her, and to portray her as a flawed but very human heroine, a woman of great ambition, idealism and courage who found herself in an increasingly frightening situation.” I believe that Alison Weir successfully achieved this goal.

This second book in the Six Tudo
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Holly  B
Five *****Amazing Stars

I must admit that I love reading about historical queens! This one was AMAZING!
This is the second book in the six tudor queens series (of 6) and I intend to read all of them. The queens were all wives of Henry VIII. If you love historical fiction, I would highly recommend this book. I got totally immersed in the story and was taken back in history.

It begins when Anne Boleyn was a young girl and follows her life and how she became the obsession of the king. I was totally a
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Juli
I have read many, many books about the Tudor era. It's an obsession on my part. Henry VIII, even almost 500 years after his death, is still larger than life. A bad king obsessed with the continuation of the Tudor line he made poor decision after poor decision and left England almost bankrupt. But when the dust settled after his death (and his other children died), Elizabeth was on the throne and ruled for 44 years. At least history got more than scandalous stories out of Henry's years on the thr ...more
Helga
“When kingdoms are at stake, human feelings count for nothing.”

This is the story of Anne Boleyn, the much talked about second wife of Henry VIII, from her childhood up to her execution.
Written from Anne’s perspective, this excellent piece of work is a mixture of historical fiction and biography.

If you have an insatiable obsession with Henry VIII and his wives and are curious about the goings on at the court and can’t be bothered with a dry and boring history lesson, then pick up Alison Weir’s b
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Natasa
You think you know the story but you have no idea... The most detailed, best-researched, thoughtful and credible version I have ever read; such different outlook of the oft-told story of Anne Boleyn. Weir's work is simply the best. Recommended for every fan of Tudor England. Full review coming soon on my blog: https://poetryofreading.blogspot.com/... ...more
Marialyce
Sep 29, 2017 rated it really liked it
Anne Boleyn surely is the subject of countless novels and I have read a few. One of my reading pleasures and truth be told watching pleasures is anything to do the the Tudors and especially people who surrounded Henry the Eighth. The times, the people, the intrigue, and oftentimes the wantonness of this age fascinates me.

In this telling Anne's point of view is presented. In the beginning, she is totally caught up in court life from her stay in France to the coming to court in England and the of
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Alienne
Jun 25, 2017 rated it liked it
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ⓐⓥⓡⓔⓔ ☞ The Bookish Blonde
I’M A LOVER OF ALL THINGS TUDOR!

My favorite movie of all-time is "Anne of the Thousand Days" (starring the unbelievably stunning Geneviève Bujold and the commanding Richard Burton) and what I loved about this book is the story played out much how it did in my beloved film adaptation and Anne’s character was much as it’s portrayed in that film.

I read “The Other Boleyn Girl” (by Philippa Gregory) when I was around 20 and it became one of my top favorite books, still unrivaled. As for this read…i
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Lisa *OwlBeSatReading*
Bravo!!!! All the stars 🌟🌟🌟🌟🌟 Review to come once I can feel my head!

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Historical fiction is quickly becoming my favourite genre, particularly when I find a royal gem like this. I requested this from NetGalley, half expecting to be turned down, as Alison Weir is an established author. But, lo and behold, I got accepted, and I was delighted!

Anne Boleyn was Henry's second wife out of the six. Their relationship was an uphill struggle from the out
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Em*bedded-in-books*
Mar 13, 2019 rated it really liked it
Have read a couple of Boleyn books in the past, before GR era and have a faint rememberance of what happened ... But what I remember is each book portrays Boleyn differently ..
Have seen an unsympathetic view point, a sympathetic view point and ... This one seems more pragmatic, though one would never know how the real Anne was.
But in each and every book ..Henry was the same-sex selfish, petulant, childish , with no empathy ... a womaniser who didn't want to acknowledge that he was one.
The book
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Kate
Utterly superb - just as I knew it would be.

Stephanie Kline
Aug 27, 2017 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Oh, dear. I'm disappointed by this book for several reasons, and though I love (and have always loved) Tudor novels, this one makes me wonder if I've read too many to find them as enjoyable anymore.

This is a very plain, very average, retelling of the Anne Boleyn story. It offers no new theories or opinions, and it paints an image of Anne that, while at times seems like a contradiction, is also very much the same as she's been painted in other novels.

The problem here is this: There's nothing ne
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*TUDOR^QUEEN*
Nov 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
If you're as passionate about the story of King Henry Tudor and his Six Wives as I am, reading strictly historical accounts can get repetitive and a bit boring. I have been collecting and reading books over the decades on this subject, many of which are by the same esteemed author who wrote this book. While works of historical fiction take poetic license with some details, they can often open up a whole new way to enjoy history. This was the case when I read a book called "The Secret Diary of An ...more
Charlotte Guzman
Nov 30, 2016 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful book for me. I love historical novels and I am especially drawn to the English monarchy, Henry VIII being a favorite.
The author has taken liberty to tell this story from the view point of Anne Boleyn and will continue with Henry's other wives in order. I have read the first installment of this series with Katherine of Aragon and loved it.
I love that she has taken the story from the main characters POV. It makes you feel what what she felt, in this case Anne Boleyn. While you may know
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BAM The Bibliomaniac
A big thank you to Alison Weir, Ballantine Books, and Netgalley for the free copy of this book in exchange for an unbiased review.

Weir is the Queen of British historical fiction. I've read many of her books through the years and enjoyed them all. Color me surprised that she has a new series! I dove right in.

Relying heavily on contemporary resources Weir weaves a magnificent tale of an independent feminist caught in a web of power and deceit. Reared in the courts of Burgundy and France, Anne lea
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Katie
Apr 23, 2017 rated it liked it
Better than the first book in the series on Katherine of Aragon, but this one moved just as slowly. Alison Weir details Anne's life beginning with her visit to the court of Margaret of Austria as a minor. She develops a strong sense of independence here that places her in direct contrast to obedient Katherine later on.

Weir presents Anne as an ambitious woman who never wanted the affections of Henry VIII, but longed for the powerful status of Queen. This is an interesting theory, and one which I
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Mairead Hearne (swirlandthread.com)
'ANNE BOLEYN. The second of Henry’s Queens. Her story.

History tells us why she died.

This powerful novel shows her as she lived.'


Anne Boleyn: A Kings Obsession is a novel by the UK’s top-selling female historian, Alison Weir.

Also entitled Six Tudor Queens : II, Alison Weir is following on from her novel Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen (Six Tudor Queens: I) which was the first in a series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII.

I am not a historian so my knowledge of Henry VIII and his mar
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Cynthia
Apr 16, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Weir's Anne Boleyn is not as excellent as her book on on Katherine but just by a hair because both are wonderful. I won't give any spoilers though most people drawn to this book will have more than an outline of the events these queens endured both at Henry's horrible hands but sadly the angst they directed at one another and the other's child though Henry's part was by far the most despicable. It's hard to like any of them or respect their actions. It was a brutal time.

The last several chapter
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Karen’s Library
I'm just a tad bit Tudor obsessed. Ok, ok... Maybe more than a tad bit. I've only read one other book by Alison Weir and I find her to be a good historian without too much fluff but just enough to keep the story interesting. Weir's version of Anne Boleyn is much in line with the TV show, The Tudors, without all the sexiness that was thrown in the TV show. The movie Anne of a Thousand Days is also a similar portrayal of Weir's Anne Boleyn.

It was a bit long and could get tedious at times, but for
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Helen Carolan
Jun 12, 2017 rated it really liked it
Enjoyed this one. My only bug bear is that it was a little to similar to her first book about Catherine of Aragon. Excellent none-the-less.
chucklesthescot
*I received a free copy of this book from Headline through Netgalley in exchange for an honest review*

Ever since I first read Philippa Gregory's 'The Other Boleyn Girl' I became fascinated by the Tudors and in particular the Boleyns. I have now read many fiction and non fiction books on the subject and I'm aware of the discussions and disagreements of historians and the way that fiction authors have played with known and disputed facts and gossip to craft their own version of the story each time
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Bookread2day
Dec 10, 2016 rated it really liked it
Published in Hardback 18th May 2017. A long book of 525 pages with a few pages added on about Dramatis Personae and Timeline of the Birth of Henry V111, marriage, and about Anne Boleyn and Katherine of Aragon.
In e-short you can read a slightly different version of the chapter in Anne's story. Apart from a few fictional attendants at the courts of Burgundy and France, the characters in this book all lived. Alison Weir has kept closely to the historical record but she has taken occasional minor l
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Elyse (ElyseReadsandSpeaks)
Jun 30, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Anne Boleyn and I love Alison Weir. I went into this knowing that she'd have to majorly screw it up for me NOT to give this 5 stars. Fortunately, that didn't happen.

I think what I liked so much about this is that it challenged my biases and forced me to see Anne differently than this figure I've come to idolize. I want to read about her feminism and her strong personality and her wit; I don't want to be faced with the inconvenient truth that she made life a living hell for Katherine of Ar
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Jane Upshall
This was a long and drawn out book. I was anxious to get it finished. Although reasonably well written, I was unsure how much of it was based on true history . From what I have followed in history , it seems Weir depicted Anne and King Henry VIII in a different light. Was their relationship like this book portrays ? The great matter of the church and the plans to get rid of Queen Kathrine was extremly long as well. I had a hard time getting through all the details. The repetitive phrases exclaim ...more
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Alison Weir is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens, and of historical fiction. Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs. She received her formal training in history at teacher training
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