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Friday, January 6, 2023

REVIEW: Anne Boleyn, an Illustrated Life of Henry VIII's Queen, by Roland Hui

'If you remember my love in your prayers as strongly as I adore you, I shall hardly be forgotten, for I am yours,' - Henry Rex, forever

Written by King Henry VIII to his sweetheart, the seductive and vivacious Anne Boleyn, his passion for her would be so great that Henry would make Anne his queen, and change the course of English history.

But the woman whom Henry had promised to love for all time would go from palace to prison, charged with heinous crimes. Her life ended on a bloody scaffold in the Tower of London.

Explore the incredible story of Anne Boleyn, the most famous and controversial of Henry VIII's six wives, in this exciting new account of her life told in words and pictures.

One of the most concise and approachable biographies I'v read about Anne Boleyn. It's very well done, obviously well-researched, and well-organized. I enjoyed the information about her early years with her family and how she arrived in the situation she was in. I can't say I've read such a clear telling of the dynamics in her family when she was a child.

The illustrations were all black and white (an ARC/Kindle flaw?), but dispersed in a way that wasn't obtrusive and added to the text. The facts shared were done so carefully and with necessary details rather than flowery language. I was also taken by the handful of times that Hui stated "historians originally thought xyz, but now we understand it to be this way instead" (paraphrased).

Quite well done and not a history tome. This is a readable biography that can be completed in a short time.

What do you think??

Disclosure of Material Connection: I received this ebook galley from Pen & Sword History through the netGalley publisher/reader connection program. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own.

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