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Mademoiselle Boleyn by Robin Maxwell
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May 24, 2008

really liked it
bookshelves: read-in-2008, tudors, historical-novels, adult-novels, royalty

A new take on the same tired old story: Anne Boleyn during her formative years, showing all the things that made her into the extraordinary woman she would become. I quite enjoyed this perspective, which was not one I had read before. I didn't really like Maxwell's previous Boleyn novel, but in this one I think she learned much from her previous mistakes, though she still overuses italics.

Although the story was at times a little implausible -- I find it hard to believe that a little girl could attract that kind of attention from so many important people including Leonardo Da Vinci -- I think it's a good illustration of the forces at work in Anne's life, especially the way women were treated. I would recommend it to anyone who is already well-versed in the story of her later life.
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