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Three women who share one fate: The Boleyn Inheritance.

Anne of Cleves
She runs from her tiny country, her hateful mother, and her abusive brother to a throne whose last three occupants are dead. King Henry VIII, her new husband, instantly dislikes her. Without friends, family, or even an understanding of the language being spoken around her, she must literally save her neck in a court ruled by a deadly game of politics and the terror of an unpredictable and vengeful king. Her Boleyn Inheritance: accusations and false witnesses.

Katherine Howard
She catches the king's eye within moments of arriving at court, setting in motion the dreadful machine of politics, intrigue, and treason that she does not understand. She only knows that she is beautiful, that men desire her, that she is young and in love — but not with the diseased old man who made her queen, beds her night after night, and killed her cousin Anne. Her Boleyn Inheritance: the threat of the axe.

Jane Rochford
She is the Boleyn girl whose testimony sent her husband and sister-in-law to their deaths. She is the trusted friend of two threatened queens, the perfectly loyal spy for her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk, and a canny survivor in the murderous court of a most dangerous king. Throughout Europe, her name is a byword for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust. Her Boleyn Inheritance: a fortune and a title, in exchange for her soul.

The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about a court ruled by the gallows and three women whose positions brought them wealth, admiration, and power as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror. Once again, Philippa Gregory has brought a vanished world to life — the whisper of a silk skirt on a stone stair, the yellow glow of candlelight illuminating a hastily written note, the murmurs of the crowd gathering on Tower Green below the newly built scaffold. In The Boleyn Inheritance Gregory is at her intelligent and page-turning best.

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"Returning to the scene of The Other Boleyn Girl, historical powerhouse Gregory again brings the women of Henry VIII's court vividly to life. Among the cast, who alternately narrate: Henry's fourth wife, Bavarian-born Anne of Cleves; his fifth wife, English teenager Katherine Howard; and Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn), the jealous spouse whose testimony helped send her husband, Thomas, and sister-in-law Anne Boleyn to their execution. Attended by Lady Rochford, 24-year-old Anne of Cleves endures a disastrous first encounter with the twice-her-age king — an occasion where Henry takes notice of Katherine Howard. Gregory beautifully explains Anne of Cleves's decision to stay in England after her divorce, and offers contemporary descriptions of Lady Rochford's madness. While Gregory renders Lady Rochford with great emotion, and Anne of Cleves with sympathy, her most captivating portrayal is Katherine, the clever yet nave 16th-century adolescent counting her gowns and trinkets. Male characters are not nearly as endearing. Gregory's accounts of events are accurate enough to be persuasive, her characterizations modern enough to be convincing. Rich in intrigue and irony, this is a tale where readers will already know who was divorced, beheaded or survived, but will savor Gregory's sharp staging of how and why. (Dec. 5) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)

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"Fascinating...harrowing....If only...history books were written so vividly." Entertainment Weekly

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"The queen of royal fiction." USA Today

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"Narrated in turn by this trio of intriguing women, this tale of court politics and treachery unfolds from three equally compelling points of view." Booklist

Review:

"Gregory's knowledge of the period, combined with her novelistic skill, allows her to view this grim tale through the eyes of the three women....Their first-person accounts are convincing and shockingly self-serving. Royal history spoon-fed in a highly digestible form." Kirkus Reviews

Review:

"One of the best aspects of this book is its ability to make fictional sense out of historical enigmas....It provides satisfying closure to a vibrant historical and psychological story." Philadelphia Inquirer

Synopsis:

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Queen's Fool, The Virgin's Lover, The Constant Princess and The Other Boleyn Girl comes a tempestuous Tudor tale about two queens, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Parr, and the woman who destroys them both.

Synopsis:

From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Other Boleyn Girl" comesa tempestuous Tudor tale about two queens, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Parr, and the woman who destroys them both.

Synopsis:

From “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) comes this New York Times bestseller featuring three very different women whose fates are each bound by a bloody curse: the legacy of the Boleyn family.

After the death of his third wife, Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII of England decides to take a new wife, but this time, not for love. The Boleyn Inheritance follows three women whose lives are forever changed because of the king’s decision, as they must balance precariously in an already shaky Tudor Court.

Anne of Cleves is to be married to Henry to form a political alliance, though the rocky relationship she has to the king does not bode well for her or for England.

Katherine Howard is the young, beautiful woman who captures Henry’s eye, even though he is set to marry Anne. Her spirit runs free and her passions run hot—though her affections may not be returned upon the King.

Jane Rochford was married to George Boleyn, and it was her testimony that sent her husband and infamous sister-in-law Anne to their deaths. Throughout the country, her name is known for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust.

The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about three women whose positions brought them wealth, admirations, and power, as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror.

Synopsis:

In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--

and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.

About the Author

Philippa Gregory is the New York Times bestselling author of several books, including The Other Boleyn Girl and The Boleyn Inheritance. A writer and broadcaster for radio and television, she lives in England. She welcomes visitors and messages at her website, www.philippagregory.com.

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bookgirl94, January 13, 2011 (view all comments by bookgirl94)
I love this! Even though I knew what was going to happen (historical fiction-Henry the 8th duh) it still kept my interest and I felt like I knew the characters.
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chrislinpayne, January 18, 2009 (view all comments by chrislinpayne)
I thought this book was a huge page turner. Finished in a couple of days. The women are complex and they are mince meat for Henry.Who comes across as one big toddler.I wonder what his parents were like?
New book quest? You bet.
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mommytorres, March 26, 2008 (view all comments by mommytorres)
As a fan of historical fiction I have come to own several of Gregory's books. I believe that "The Boleyn Inheritance" may be her finest work for us readers thus far! I highly recommend this book!
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Product Details

ISBN:
9780743272513
Author:
Gregory, Philippa
Publisher:
Touchstone Books
Author:
Longshore, Katherine
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Historical - General
Subject:
General Fiction
Subject:
History
Subject:
Queens
Subject:
Historical fiction
Subject:
Great Britain - History - Henry VIII, 1509-
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Subject:
Love & Romance
Subject:
Historical
Subject:
Phillipa; Phillippa; Boleyn Girl; Bolin; Henry VIII; the Tudors; Anne Boleyn; Anne of Cleves; Katherine Howard; Kathryn; Jane Rochford; King Henry s wives; English Reformation
Subject:
Phillipa; Phillippa; Boleyn Girl; Bolin; Henry VIII; the Tudors; Anne Boleyn; Anne of Cleves; Katherine Howard; Kathryn; Jane Rochford; King Henry s wives; English Reformation; The White Queen; Starz; The Other Boleyn Girl
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade Paperback
Large Print:
Y
Publication Date:
20070831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
from 7
Language:
English
Pages:
544
Dimensions:
8 x 5.25 in
Age Level:
from 12

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"Publishers Weekly Review" by , "Returning to the scene of The Other Boleyn Girl, historical powerhouse Gregory again brings the women of Henry VIII's court vividly to life. Among the cast, who alternately narrate: Henry's fourth wife, Bavarian-born Anne of Cleves; his fifth wife, English teenager Katherine Howard; and Lady Rochford (Jane Boleyn), the jealous spouse whose testimony helped send her husband, Thomas, and sister-in-law Anne Boleyn to their execution. Attended by Lady Rochford, 24-year-old Anne of Cleves endures a disastrous first encounter with the twice-her-age king — an occasion where Henry takes notice of Katherine Howard. Gregory beautifully explains Anne of Cleves's decision to stay in England after her divorce, and offers contemporary descriptions of Lady Rochford's madness. While Gregory renders Lady Rochford with great emotion, and Anne of Cleves with sympathy, her most captivating portrayal is Katherine, the clever yet nave 16th-century adolescent counting her gowns and trinkets. Male characters are not nearly as endearing. Gregory's accounts of events are accurate enough to be persuasive, her characterizations modern enough to be convincing. Rich in intrigue and irony, this is a tale where readers will already know who was divorced, beheaded or survived, but will savor Gregory's sharp staging of how and why. (Dec. 5) " Publishers Weekly (Starred Review) (Copyright Reed Business Information, Inc.)
"Review" by , "Fascinating...harrowing....If only...history books were written so vividly."
"Review" by , "The queen of royal fiction."
"Review" by , "Narrated in turn by this trio of intriguing women, this tale of court politics and treachery unfolds from three equally compelling points of view."
"Review" by , "Gregory's knowledge of the period, combined with her novelistic skill, allows her to view this grim tale through the eyes of the three women....Their first-person accounts are convincing and shockingly self-serving. Royal history spoon-fed in a highly digestible form."
"Review" by , "One of the best aspects of this book is its ability to make fictional sense out of historical enigmas....It provides satisfying closure to a vibrant historical and psychological story."
"Synopsis" by , From the New York Times bestselling author of The Queen's Fool, The Virgin's Lover, The Constant Princess and The Other Boleyn Girl comes a tempestuous Tudor tale about two queens, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Parr, and the woman who destroys them both.
"Synopsis" by , From the "New York Times"-bestselling author of "The Other Boleyn Girl" comesa tempestuous Tudor tale about two queens, Anne of Cleves and Catherine Parr, and the woman who destroys them both.
"Synopsis" by , From “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) comes this New York Times bestseller featuring three very different women whose fates are each bound by a bloody curse: the legacy of the Boleyn family.

After the death of his third wife, Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII of England decides to take a new wife, but this time, not for love. The Boleyn Inheritance follows three women whose lives are forever changed because of the king’s decision, as they must balance precariously in an already shaky Tudor Court.

Anne of Cleves is to be married to Henry to form a political alliance, though the rocky relationship she has to the king does not bode well for her or for England.

Katherine Howard is the young, beautiful woman who captures Henry’s eye, even though he is set to marry Anne. Her spirit runs free and her passions run hot—though her affections may not be returned upon the King.

Jane Rochford was married to George Boleyn, and it was her testimony that sent her husband and infamous sister-in-law Anne to their deaths. Throughout the country, her name is known for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust.

The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about three women whose positions brought them wealth, admirations, and power, as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror.

"Synopsis" by ,
In the court of King Henry VIII, nothing is free--

and love comes at the highest price of all.

When Kitty Tylney's best friend, Catherine Howard, worms her way into King Henry VIII's heart and brings Kitty to court, she's thrust into a world filled with fabulous gowns, sparkling jewels, and elegant parties. No longer stuck in Cat's shadow, Kitty's now caught between two men--the object of her affection and the object of her desire. But court is also full of secrets, lies, and sordid affairs, and as Kitty witnesses Cat's meteoric rise and fall as queen, she must figure out how to keep being a good friend when the price of telling the truth could literally be her head.

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