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This first novel supposes that Anne Boleyn, second wife to King Henry VIII of England, kept a secret diary that was delivered to her daughter, Elizabeth, upon her succession to the throne. Elizabeth was only three when Anne was renounced by Henry, tried for treason, and sentenced to death. Now, despite her queenly schedule, juggling affairs of state and heart, Elizabeth finds time to read her mother's story avidly and learns lessons that will secure her reign. It is an intriguing premise that knowledge of Anne's sad fate leads Elizabeth resolutely to defy the customs of her time and ignore her advisers' counsel and her suitors' pleas to marry. Remaining single and healthy, Elizabeth rules long and well. Filled with fascinating descriptions of court life and references to historical figures and events, this novel is highly recommended for fiction collections.?Sheila M. Riley, Smithsonian Inst. Libs., Washington, D.C.
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ISBN-10:  155970375X
ISBN-13:  978-1559703758
Author:  Robin Maxwell
Genre:  Historical Fiction
Publisher:  Arcade Publishing
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review by . August 23, 1998
I am a great fan of this period of history and a great admirer of Anne, but this book does not live up to it's promise. It is a fair enough read, but towards the end I found the endless angst a little grinding. I also found the ending and the way it attempts to relate to Elizabeth's reign quite unconvincing.
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