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Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession

Anne Boleyn, A King's Obsession by Alison Weir
May 16, 2017 | 560 Pages
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“A persuasive attempt to restore the humanity of a tragic, misrepresented figure, one of history’s original nasty women . . . Weir’s fictional Anne is ferociously smart and guilty of nothing but craving the power that’s rightfully hers to claim.”—NPR

“This is a stunning, engaging, comprehensive and convincing novel. . . . Anne Boleyn: A King’s Obsession is important, page-turning biographical fiction, hauntingly and beautifully told in first-person narrative. It is psychologically penetrating and packed with wonderful, vivid scenes. [Alison] Weir’s characterisation is superb, and this complex novel will be, without doubt, one of the most admired works of historical fiction of 2017.”Historical Novels Review

Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession is beautifully written, exquisitely detailed, and gives readers a more down-to-earth picture of the often maligned Anne. . . . Don’t miss this series.”Romance Reviews Today

“This Anne is clever and clear-sighted. . . . Those sympathetic to Boleyn tend to stumble at her documented spite towards Katherine of Aragon and Mary Tudor, but Weir roots this bad behaviour in understandable insecurity as the King’s ardour for her wanes and the longed-for son does not arrive. This tale of Anne’s ascent and demise cannot escape comparisons with Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall series, which deals with the same events. Weir’s version [is] detailed, immaculately researched and convincing. She is particularly interesting on Anne’s probable exposure to early feminist writings.”The Times (UK)

“[Weir] explores Anne’s influences and motivations, creating a multifaceted portrait of an ambitious woman who reluctantly accedes to Henry’s courtship and later acts out of desperation to protect herself and her daughter, Elizabeth. Even readers who know Anne’s story well should gain insights from this revealing novel.”Booklist

“A richly detailed rendering of the familiar Tudor drama . . . Weir brings considerable expertise to her portrait of Anne as ‘a flawed but very human heroine, a woman of great ambition, idealism and courage’ . . . [and] vividly depicts court life.”Kirkus Reviews

“A well-written and fast-paced novel that should appeal to fans of Tudor-era fiction looking for a fresh look at one of the period’s most popular protagonists . . . Weir’s Anne, an intellectual and ambitious woman highly interested in the latest thinking about both religion and women’s social roles, fits in well with the recent impulse in both scholarship and fiction to reclaim Anne from being portrayed as merely a manipulative temptress and cold-hearted homewrecker. Anne in the years before she catches Henry’s eye is particularly interesting.”Library Journal

“A marvelous book—Anne comes alive and leaps from the page, fascinating, enthralling, full blooded—you can’t help but fall in love with her. A brilliant evocation of the period and a knife-edge moment in British history. Wonderful.”—Kate Williams, author of Becoming Queen Victoria

“Simply exquisite. Anne Boleyn is a tricky character and hard to like sometimes, but Alison has really brought her to life in such a compelling way. This is Anne Boleyn as you have never seen her before. I could not put it down.”—Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell and The Private Lives of the Tudors

“Anne Boleyn has always been one of the most hotly debated figures in history. Villain or victim? Schemer, sorceress, or saint who died for the new religion? Alison Weir’s wonderfully detailed novel offers a spellbinding solution to the mystery of Anne’s true nature. Carrying all the conviction of Weir’s lifelong historical research, it both paints a wholly human portrait of Anne and places her in the broad European context that makes sense of her story. At once an enthralling read and a real contribution to our sense of the sixteenth century.”—Sarah Gristwood, author of Game of Queens

“As with all her books Alison makes history come alive as no one else. Her novels are biographical but with that comes that extra magic ingredient of a vividly imagined fictional framework that takes the reader there and then. I enjoyed it enormously. I genuinely couldn’t put it down. I’m still reeling from the horror of that final paragraph, which kept me awake for the rest of the night. Brilliant!”—Barbara Erskine, author of Lady of Hay

“The moment I opened Alison Weir’s new novel I was transported back into the sixteenth-century. Weir’s outstanding and sound historical research shines through, shedding new light on England’s most controversial queen. Weir provides page after page of utterly compelling detail, keeping the reader hooked from start to finish. This book is not only a world apart from any other novel on Anne Boleyn, it is also an exquisite work of literary art. I enjoyed it so much, I can’t praise it highly enough!”—Nicola Tallis, author of Crown of Blood

“Alison Weir is the doyen of Tudor fiction and nonfiction, in my book. She has that unique talent to transport her readers into the lives and loves of the people she writes about from the first line. Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession takes us from the eleven-year-old Anne, worrying about her sallow skin and unwomanly figure, to the woman kings lusted after, and the woman who changed England—and thereby Europe and North America—forever. Anne shines through as the woman any king couldn’t possibly resist! With Alison’s light touch, it is fiction that reads as fact, and leaves us breathless, hoping. Then of course we recognize that we are not reading pure fiction after all, but a finely woven tapestry of fictional biography that stays with us long after we close the book at the final line. It is simply a masterpiece.”—Susan Ronald, author of The Pirate Queen and Heretic Queen

Praise for Katherine of Aragon, the True Queen

“Alison Weir starts off her six-volume fictional series about the wives of King Henry VIII with a nuanced portrayal of Katherine of Aragon.”The Christian Science Monitor

“In this first novel of the Six Tudor Queens series, Alison Weir dazzlingly brings Katherine of Aragon to life. She emerges as a charismatic, indomitable, and courageous heroine whose story never fails to enthrall.”—Tracy Borman, author of Thomas Cromwell

“As always, Weir demonstrates a keen eye for crafting dramatic scenes of beautiful, accurate detail, instilling in the reader a vivid sense of being there. . . . If this greatly impressive inaugural installment is any indication, Tudor lovers have much to look forward to.”Booklist (starred review)  

“An illuminating and engaging portrait of ‘the true queen.’”—Historical Novels Review

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