An engrossing biography about the life of Anne Boleyn’s only brother, George Boleyn. A consummate courtier who was witty, bold and hardworking. The two Claires set the record clear on George as well as on his family, tracing back the origins of the Boleyn family and enlightening readers to the truth about his father (ambassador and courtier as George would become whose ideals influenced him and Anne) and his marriage. 1,889 more words
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The Novels Of Elizabeth, Queen Of England, Containing The History Of Queen Ann Of Bullen by Mme. D'Aulnoy, Translated by Spencer Hickman (1680)
Although Queen Elizabeth appears both at the top of the title page and in the rather grim-looking frontispiece opposite, she’s not the heroine of this book – rather, she presides over its framing device, which is an evening of storytelling taking place sometime late in her reign. 4,325 more words
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“Katherine was a pretty girl, with a pleasing face and long reddish-gold hair that she had inherited from her English ancestors (Starkey, 2003:57). The people of England were enchanted with her and decorated London to welcome their future Queen in a grand style.
There are exactly two things wrong with this book: the cover, and the title. I held off on reading it for a long time because I thought it was going to be mediocre to dreadful and I had plenty of mediocre and dreadful things to read already. 3,411 more words