The Tudor Throne by Brandy Purdy
In the wake of King Henry VIII's death, England's throne is left in a precarious stateas is the peculiar relationship between his two daughters. Mary, the elder, once treasured, had been declared a bastard in favor of her flame-haired half-sister, Elizabeth, born of the doomed Anne Boleyn. Yet the bond between the sisters was palpable from the start. Now reinstated, Mary eventually assumes her place as queen. But as Mary's religious zeal evolves into a reign of terror, young Elizabeth gains the people's favor. Gripped by a tormenting paranoia, Mary is soon convinced that her beloved Elizabeth is in fact her worst enemy. And the virginal Elizabeth, whose true love is her country, must defy her tyrannical sister to make way for a new era. . .
A brilliant portrait of the rule of "Bloody Mary" and her intricate relationship with Elizabeth I, the adored "Virgin Queen," here is a riveting tale of one family's sordid and extraordinary chapter in the pages of history.
Murder Most Royal (Tudor Saga #5) by Jean Plaidy
One powerful king. Two tragic queens.
In the court of Henry VIII, it was dangerous for a woman to catch the king’s eye. Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard were cousins. Both were beautiful women, though very different in temperament. They each learned that Henry’s passion was all-consuming–and fickle.
Sophisticated Anne Boleyn, raised in the decadent court of France, was in love with another man when King Henry claimed her as his own. Being his mistress gave her a position of power; being his queen put her life in jeopardy. Her younger cousin, Catherine Howard, was only fifteen when she was swept into the circle of King Henry. Her innocence attracted him, but a past mistake was destined to haunt her.
Painted in the rich colors of Tudor England, Murder Most Royal is a page-turning journey into the lives of two of the wives of the tempestuous Henry VIII.
Dear Heart, How Like You This? by Wendy J. Dunn
May, 1536. The poet Sir Thomas Wyatt, released from imprisonment in the Tower of London, is in his fathers custody. From almost the beginning of his life, Tom has loved his cousin Anne Boleyn, content to sit at her feet while she sang her love songs to another, if doing so gave him just a moment in her company. Now he is heartsick and despairing, having witnessed her juridical murder by Henry VIII. Only wanting to escape from the recent memories now rending his heart, Tom recounts his story, a story which narrates too the tragic tale of Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII.
They flee from me
They flee from me, that sometime did me seek
With naked foot stalking in my chamber.
I have seen them gentle, tame, and meek
That now are wild and do not remember
That sometime they put themself in danger
To take bread at my hand; and now they range,
Busily seeking with a continual change.
Thanked be fortune it hath been otherwise
Twenty times better; but once in special,
In thin array, after a pleasant guise,
When her loose gown from her shoulders did fall,
And she me caught in her arms long and small,
Therewithal sweetly did me kiss
And softly said, "Dear heart, how like you this?"
It was no dream,I lay broad waking.
But all is turned, thorough my gentleness,
Into a strange fashion of forsaking;
And I have leave to go, of her goodness,
And she also to use newfangleness.
But since that I so kindely am served,
I fain would know what she hath deserved.
They Flee From Me is a poem written by Thomas Wyatt.It is written in Rhyme royal and was included in Arthur Quiller-Couch's edition of the Oxford Book of English Verse.The poem has been described as possibly autobiographical, and referring to any one of Wyatt's affairs with high-born women of the court of Henry VIII, perhaps with Anne Boleyn
Anne Boleyn by E Barrington
A daredevil beauty stakes all and loses in the great game of kings and kingdoms…
Henry the Eighth was wedded to a total of six wives.
E. Barrington tells the romantic history of the most beautiful and vivid of them all - his second wife, Anne Boleyn.
Anne rises to fame when she captures the heart of King Henry.
He is married to Katharine of Aragon, but she is six years his senior, and though she has provided him with sons throughout their marriage, they have all died.
Henry is desperate for an heir, and he becomes captivated by the mysterious and shrewd Anne Boleyn.
But Christian law stands in his way, and their courtship is put on hold as he battles those in power to gain a divorce from Katharine.
And the moment Anne finally gets what she wants - the crown - is also the moment her downfall begins…
Barrington’s classic novel portrays Anne as shrewd, lovely, ambitious, generous, disillusioned, and resolved to capitalize her beauty for her own ends. This is the story of Anne, but also of the days of Anne - when the question over a woman’s virtue was paramount in the great game of kings and kingdoms…
In Bed with Anne Boleyn by Lacey Baldwin-Smith
This is the story of the beautiful and enigmatic Anne Boleyn viewed through the eyes of two men who knew her intimately: Mark Smeaton, the king's favorite musician and exquisite songster, and Thomas Cromwell, the king's chief minister and fixer. These three members of Henry's court are caught up in an era of appalling religious bigotry and suppressed passions. Henry's subjects are expected to 'Love, obey and honor their prince not only outwardly in their bodies but also inwardly in their hearts'.Queen Anne is tempted into a form of treason and open adultery in an effort to save herself and her dynasty; Smeaton is faced with the ghastly punishment of painful mutilation and human degradation; and Cromwell tries his best to introduce a note of rationality and mercy. This is a brutal tale of rivalry, sex and jealousy set against the sumptuous sheets of the king s bedchamber, where dynasties were made and lives destroyed."
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