The Boleyn Inheritance

by Philippa Gregory

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Interestingly told from the point of view of three women, Anne of Cleves, Katherine Howard and the dreadful Jane Boleyn, this is the Tudor court brought vividly to life again by a real pro.  What a violent and frightening man Henry VIII was.  Gregory notes at the end of the book that little is known about Anne and Katherine so she has had a free run of how things went, consequently she has produced a thrilling tale.

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The Boleyn Inheritance Synopsis

The year is 1539 and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves.

She has her own good reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father, in a country where to her both language and habits are foreign. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she senses a trap closing around her.

Catherine is confident that she can follow in the steps of her cousin Anne Boleyn to dazzle her way to the throne but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn, haunted by the past, knows that Anne’s path led to Tower Green and to an adulterer’s death.

The story of these three young women, trying to make their own way through the most volatile court in Europe at a time of religious upheaval and political uncertainty is Philippa Gregory’s most intense novel yet. 

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The Boleyn Inheritance Press Reviews

‘Philippa Gregory truly is the mistress of the historical novel...It would be hard to make history more entertaining, lively or engaging: the characters truly come alive...This is a reliably breathtaking, suspenseful and imaginative romp from Gregory. Full of all the colours, sights and sounds of the Tudor court, it really transports you to the era. A winning formula.’ Sunday Express

‘This is historical ficiton at its best’ Bella

‘A thrilling romantic history’ Eve

‘A fascinating insight into court life...Highly readable and thoroughly enjoyable and no-one writes popular history as well as Philippa Gregory’ Daily Express

‘Philippa Gregory brings the turbulent Tudors to glorious life...Delicious’ Times

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ISBN: 9780007190324
Publication date: 28/08/2006
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Hardback

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ISBN: 9780007190324
Publication date: 28th August 2006
Author: Philippa Gregory
Publisher: Harpercollins Publishers
Format: Hardback
Genres: eBook Favourites, Historical Fiction,
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About Philippa Gregory

Philippa Gregory was our Guest Editor in October 2011 - click here - to see the books that inspired her writing. Philippa Gregory was an established historian and writer when she discovered her interest in the Tudor period and wrote the international bestseller The Other Boleyn Girl, which became a major film starring Natalie Portman and Scarlett Johansson. Several books later, she is looking at the family that precedes The Tudors in the The Cousins' War series, which was televised by the BBC as The White Queen. Philippa's other great interest is the charity that she founded nearly twenty ...

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