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The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
Author: Robin Maxwell
In this "energetic"(Kirkus Reviews) re-creation of Anne Boleyn's tragic life -- and death -- Robin Maxwell offers a pitch-perfect version of a bawdy and exuberant time filled with lust, betrayal, love, and murder. — When the young Queen Elizabeth I is entrusted with Anne Boleyn's secret diary, she discovers a great deal about the much-maligned mo...  more »
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ISBN-13: 9780684849690
ISBN-10: 0684849690
Publication Date: 5/28/1998
Pages: 288
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3.7 stars, based on 145 ratings
Publisher: Touchstone
Book Type: Paperback
Other Versions: Hardcover
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  • Currently 5/5 Stars.
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8 member(s) found this review helpful.
Historical fiction set in the time of Queen Elizabeth I, when, shortly after her coronation, she is presented with a personal diary kept by her mother, Anne Boleyn, for much of her adult life. It’s presented in secret by a lady in waiting who attended Anne while she was Queen as well as for the week leading up to her execution. Anne gave her the diary with a promise that she would pass it to Elizabeth if she ever descended the throne. Very interesting book and hard to put down. I don’t pretend to be an Elizabethan scholar by any means, but methinks there were probably a lot of liberties taken with this book. I guess that’s why it’s called historical FICTION. LOL Anyway, I enjoyed it and will likely read the other two books that compose the trilogy.
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I have been a lover of English history since I was a very young girl. My mom had me watch the BBC production of "The Six Wives of Henry the VIII" with her and I spent a lot of time after that soaking up all the books and information that I could read on that time period as well as from the Conqueror forward.
This book gives almost a completely different view of Anne Boleyn. One of the reviewers called it "energetic" - well, I would say it's that and more. I completely lost myself in the two time periods - Henry's and Elizabeth's.
Enjoy!
  • Currently 4/5 Stars.
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It's not "The Other Boleyn Girl," but still an enjoyable read about the life of Anne Boleyn. If you like Tudor history you'll like this book. I plan to read the rest of the books in the series.

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  • Currently 3.5/5 Stars.
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Enjoyable read, Anne's entries full of honesty and reflection. At times her self-reflection is totally compelling. At the first half of the book some of the "fast forward" to the early days of Eliabeth's reign felt intrusive on the story of Anne's truths. further in I felt more of a connection between the growing knowlegde Elizabeth is gaining about who her mother really was and the present for her. I also have the second of this trilogy on my shelf, to be read soon
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Good book. I love Tudor history and this three book series is probably my favorite. Very imaginative.
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Really enjoyed this book.


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