Doomed Queen Anne

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Doomed Queen Anne

Carolyn Meyer
Gulliver Books, a trademark of Harcourt, Inc., 2002

This book is a first-person account of Anne Boleyn’s life and is written for pre-teens.

MAIN CHARACTERS:

  • Anne Boleyn, or Nan Bullen, an ambitious young woman who is determined to become Queen of England without compromising her virtue.
  • Henry, King of England, desperate for a son, tosses aside his first wife, Queen Catherine so he can (hopefully) get one from Anne.

SECONDARY CHARACTERS:

  •  Mary Boleyn, sister to Anne and mistress to Henry, has a life-long contentious relationship with Anne
  • George Boleyn, brother to Anne, her only true supporter, but was executed for incest (falsely accused, if we are to believe Anne)

We know the story of Anne Boleyn pretty well since our mom is obsessed with the Tudors and watches every incarnation of that crazy family on TV; this book seems to be historically accurate. However, it is boring. It is a good foundation book for finding out more about Anne Boleyn, but as for reading for pleasure I found it to be blah.

I did feel sorry for her because she lost her head, but then she caused a lot of hate and discontent, not to mention the ultimate loss of thousands of good English men and women by irreparably separating England from the Roman Catholic Church. Yes, Henry declared himself Head of the Church but he was heavily influenced by Anne and her ambitious father.

We read this book as a part of the Summer Reading Challenge, 2015, category: Read a book based on a True Story.

Rating  3 out of 5 paws because it is a story about the Tudors and the mother of our favorite queen, Queen Elizabeth 1.

bobbiesue headshotReviewer: BobbieSue

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