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Subject: anne boleyn-catherine howard-lucrezia fiction books
Date Posted: 2/1/2013 7:14 PM ET
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hi all, I am having trouble finding historical fiction on anne boleyn and catherine howard. I want ones that focus on these 2 people, and a lot of the time the book is 'told' by a second character whose own story takes over the novel which I'm not fond of. let me know if you know of any!

Date Posted: 2/2/2013 1:11 AM ET
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The Queen's Mistake by Diane Haeger is a Catherine Howard novel. I read it quite a while ago, but I remember that she was truly the focal point, although some other characters did show us now and again what was inside their heads.

Also Catherine Howard - I have heard An Unchaste Life is good - I haven't read it but know some who have. Written by Anne Cato.

The Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy is a good Anne Boleyn story. Years and years and years ago I read Brief Gaudy Hour by Margaret Campbell Barnes. In high school or college, IIRC. I remember it being good - it was published back in the 1950's, I think.

Date Posted: 2/2/2013 9:44 AM ET
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hi thanks! I tried to read the lady in the tower by plaidy, just haven't finished, I couldn't finish the brief gaudy hour, I wanted to look at queens mistake, but reviewers keep telling me it's awful. I put an unchaste life on my wishlist, i never heard from it till you mentioned it!

Date Posted: 2/2/2013 10:12 AM ET
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This is on my TBR shelf.  Erickson's "Unfaithful Queen"-Story of Henry VIII Fifth Wife.

 

I've read alot of Anne Boleyn but I'm having trouble coming up with titles right at the moment.  Will put some thought into it and post later.....

Jan

Date Posted: 2/2/2013 5:12 PM ET
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Ok, back for more-have more on my TBR shelves than I thought

 

Mademoiselle Boleyn by Maxwell-Anne's childhood and early life prior to England.....Interesting as in much of what I've read, this period is glossed over

Lady Raised High by Gardner-know I read it just can't remember much about it. 

Lady in the Tower by Weir-TBR shelf

Queen of Subtleties by Dunn-TBR shelf

Queen's Mistake-Haeger-TBR shelf

The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn-Maxwell-TBR shelf-

These last two were free on Kindle a couple of weeks ago.  Enchantress by Burke-DNF for me too much fantasy/visions of one of Anne's "cousin's" and Hart's Coursing by Lee which I haven't started. 

Another Catherine Howard-No Will but His by Sarah Hoyt. This one's all about the main character-and the doomed choices she made in her desire to be loved, accepted. 



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Date Posted: 2/2/2013 11:12 PM ET
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I enjoyed "The King's Mistake" by Hager.  How about "The Concubine" by Norah Lofts?

Date Posted: 2/3/2013 7:27 AM ET
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I've heard a lot of good things about the concubine, but i tried to read some pages on amazon and the writing was too old fashioned for me.

Date Posted: 2/3/2013 1:12 PM ET
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I remember not really liking Queen of Subtleties when I read it. It was WL'ed when I read it, so I sent it right out. I can't remember specifically why I didn't like it...it has been a while - but I know it was one where I closed the book and said..."Well, that was good time wasted."

 

Date Posted: 2/3/2013 1:19 PM ET
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I actually havne't read queen of subtelties, but I hatewhen I know I didn't like a book, but can't remember why =)

Date Posted: 3/12/2013 2:57 PM ET
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There's The Other Boleyn Girl and the Boleyn Legacy by Philippa Gregory to consider.