The Lady in the Tower

The Lady in the Tower

Book - 1986
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One of history's most complex and alluring women comes to life in this classic novel by the legendary Jean Plaidy. Young Anne Boleyn was not beautiful but she was irresistible, capturing the hearts of kings and commoners alike. Daughter of an ambitious country lord, Anne was sent to France to learn sophistication, and then to court to marry well and raise the family's fortunes. She soon surpassed even their greatest expectations. Although his queen was loving and loyal, King Henry VIII swore he would put her aside and make Anne his wife. And so he did, though the divorce would tear apart the English church and inflict religious turmoil and bloodshed on his people for generations to come. Loathed by the English people, who called her "the King's Great Whore," Anne Boleyn was soon caught in the trap of her own ambition. Political rivals surrounded her at court and, when she failed to produce a much-desired male heir, they closed in, preying on the king's well-known insecurity and volatile temper. Wrongfully accused of adultery and incest, Anne found herself imprisoned in the Tower of London, where she was at the mercy of her husband and of her enemies. From the Trade Paperback edition.
Publisher: New York : Putnam, 1986.
Edition: 1st American ed.
ISBN: 9780399131813
Characteristics: 405 p. ; 23 cm.


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Dec 12, 2012

I read this book after a three day marathon of the Tudors.. Interesting combo. Some people may not be comfortable with the amount of introspection that Plaidy's Anne goes through, but come on! She is a textbook example of the closet introvert, and she deserves the every one of those pages to reflect upon the tumultuous time in which she lived. I enjoyed the beginning and the end. Henry was a callous ass, and Anne Boleyn got way in over her head.


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