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The Boleyn King - Laura Andersen
July 7, 2013
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Bill1978
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Sorry if there is alredy a thread for this book, my quick search didn’t find anything.

Has anybody read this book? The basic idea is that Anne never miscarried her son, carried him to full term and he grew up and inherited his father’s throne. It assumes that because Anne delivered a son, Henry didn’t execute her and didn’t need to flirt with Jane Seymour. Wondering if it would be a good read, as there is very little fiction out there revolving about male Tudors. Apparently it is a trilogy and the author has said that Elizabeth will still inherit the throne.

I’d like to know if it is more like recent Phillipa Gregory novels (ie poorly written and repetitive) or Other Boleyn Girl Gregory (ie ctually well written and gripping). or is it more like Wier’s Innocent Traitor. I felt Weir was better at writing for multiple characters than Gregory.

July 7, 2013
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Claire recommended me to it because it showed George in a different light to how he’s usually depicted in fiction. I quite enjoyed it, but it does read a bit like a young adult book. That said I wasn’t yelling ‘that never happened’ because none of it happened. It’s all based on ‘what if’. It’s a fun read though. George is Lord Protector to Anne’s son who was born in 1536.
George is completely ruthless and rules England with a rod of iron. I think he’s portrayed a bit OTT and I didn’t see much of his charm or personality, but it’s certainly a better depiction of him than Bring Out the Bollocks (a tribute to Olga, brilliant)!
Unfortunately the fictional characters are more prominent than the real characters, which I thought was a bit of a wasted opportunity, but it’s worth a read to see a highly intelligent George Boleyn rather than the usual tit.

July 7, 2013
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It’s not actually historical fiction Bill, they’ve slotted it into the speculative fiction category. Which is great because it brings a whole new genre of readers into a historical period.
I have yet to read it, I have bought the eBook but I neglect my eReader, which is usually out of battery Laugh Thanks for the review Louise, I quite like the sound of that George actually.

July 7, 2013
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Thanks for the input people. I might see if I can hunt down a copy this week while I’m in a big ‘city’. I need a new book to read and I think it would be pretty neat to read a Tudor book revoving around a male. And I do love a good What If scenario. And as an added bonus, George appears to be treated in good light.

July 8, 2013
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It’s an American publication Bill you will probably have to order online, I don’t think. Bookworld has it, and Booktopia also has it. I have a free shipping code for booktopia if you want to send me an email but it ends on Wednesday.

July 8, 2013
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Thanks for the heads up Olga. I went out today my my daily window shop and couldn’t find it so assumed that it has’t been released in Australia yet. Thanks for the offer, but I found another book to read – Steve Berry’s The King’s Deception. So that should keep me busy for 3 months LOL

July 17, 2013
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I’ve got a bad flu and was tossing up between the Iron King and The Boleyn King, couldn’t concentrate on Druon but I polished off the Boleyn King in a day. It really is a fun read, and Louise, I just loved that George. I felt like cheering whenever he appeared Laugh
I wasn’t impressed with her Jane Boleyn but I suppose I can’t have everything *sigh*

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