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The Boleyn Bride by Emily Purdy

The Boleyn Bride

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A captivating tale of the mother of Anne Boleyn, a Howard by birth who married Thomas Boleyn, an ambitious and very unpleasant man who was a lowly shopkeeper, Thomas Bullin, and through sheer determined perseverance found favour with the King. His marriage to Elizabeth was part of his ambitious plan and then, of course, he had two daughters to parade before the King too! Elizabeth also gains the King’s attention but she refuses him. It is a well-known story beautifully told but you need to get used to the Old English dialect.

If you like Emily Purdy you might also like to read books by Sarah Dunant, Anne O'Brien and Philippa Gregory.

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The Boleyn Bride by Emily Purdy

Sixteen, of noble birth and stunningly beautiful, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to stagnate in the countryside while her detested husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises golden girl Mary, moody George, and ugly duckling Anne - while staving off boredom with a string of admirers. Until Henry VIII takes the throne ...When Thomas finally brings his highborn wife to London, Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and dalliances - and catches the lusty king's eye. But those who enjoy Henry's fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For while her husband's machinations bring Elizabeth and her children to the pinnacle of power, the distance to the scaffold is but a short one - and the Boleyn family's fortune may be turning...


Praise for Emily Purdy:

'[Purdy] succeeds in rendering Elizabeth both unforgettable and undeniably real.' Historical Novel Society 'It has been some time since I've been so captivated by a Tudor based historical novel. I have to admit to being somewhat burned out by the over saturation of the Tudors ...however, The Boleyn Bride has renewed my interest. I highly recommend it.' The True Book Addict

'Classic story of a woman scorned, who is after revenge of the most bloody kind.' Closer Magazine

'A rollercoaster tale which gives a new and fascinating perspective on three young women who became hostages to fortune in a perilous and turbulent age.' Lancashire Evening Post

'Nicely written, and full of lust, greed and intrigue, this is a book sure to earn Emily Purdy many new fans.'

About the Author

Emily Purdy is the author of two historical novels and is currently working on her third. She was born on April 5, 1975 and graduated from West Brook High School in Beaumont, Texas in May of 1993.

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Publication date

2nd October 2014


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Piatkus Books an imprint of Little, Brown Book Group


272 pages


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