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The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
March 30, 2013
5:58 am
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KayKay
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Has anyone read this book by Robin Maxwell? I started reading this and I’m finding it very interesting. We see the story from Anne’s eyes through her journal entries. The thing that I love the most about it is that Elizabeth is the one reading Anne’s journal. She begins to learn who her mother is by reading this entries.

"She who has been the Queen of England on earth will today become a Queen in Heaven."- Archbishop Thomas Cranmer

March 30, 2013
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No, but it sounds interesting.

I’ve only read one fictional account of AB and that was by Jean Plaidy, it was called: “The Lady in the Tower”. I usually love all of JP’s books (particularly “The Rose Without a Thorn) however I was disappointed in this one because it was so historically inaccurate (not like her), boring, and filled with repeated sentences, if you can believe that!

“How haps it, Governor, yesterday my Lady Princess, and today but my Lady Elizabeth?"- Elizabeth I

March 30, 2013
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This is one of my favourite Anne books. Maxwell is a wonderful writer, and she does an amazing job of bringing Anne to life. I liked the premise about Elizabeth learning about her mother, void of the lies and innuendo others liked to spread about Anne. It’s been a long while since I read this book, but I do recall loving every minute of it.

"By daily proof you shall find me to be to you both loving and kind" Anne Boleyn

April 1, 2013
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I agree with Duchess. I read this book several years ago, and I liked it very much. I would love that this was true…that Elizabeth could have actually read her mother’s own words and that she didn’t have to rely on others to tell her about Anne’s life.

April 2, 2013
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This is one of my favourite Anne novels too. It’s one of the few historical novels where I enjoy the wonderful writing as much as the story. It’s been some years since I read it though – may have to re-read it soon Laugh

May 17, 2013
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I liked this one, the ending is beautiful.

Going back to Lady Princess’s comment: Jean Plaidy’s first book about Anne was Murder Most Royal (it also tells Catherine H’s story). The Lady in the Tower was one of a later queens of England series, told from the perspective of the woman involved. It’s important to remember they were written some time ago and so don’t take into account the re-examination of many of the sources, although are probably more accurate than PG. I think I preferred Murder Most Royal to Lady in the Tower because of the tone – Jean Plaidy was probably better as a third person writer.

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