The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa GregoryThe Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory

The Boleyn Inheritance

byPhilippa Gregory

Paperback | April 19, 2007

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The year is 1539 and the court of Henry VIII is increasingly fearful at the moods of the ageing sick king. With only a baby in the cradle for an heir, Henry has to take another wife and the dangerous prize of the crown of England is won by Anne of Cleves.She has her own good reasons for agreeing to marry a man old enough to be her father, in a country where to her both language and habits are foreign. Although fascinated by the glamour of her new surroundings, she senses a trap closing around her. Katherine is confident that she can follow in the steps of her cousin Anne Boleyn to dazzle her way to the throne but her kinswoman Jane Boleyn, haunted by the past, knows that Anne's path led to Tower Green and to an adulterer's death.The story of these three young women, trying to make their own way through the most volatile court in Europe at a time of religious upheaval and political uncertainty, is Philippa Gregory's most compelling novel yet.

Philippa Gregory is an established writer and broadcaster for radio and television. She holds a PhD in eighteenth-century literature from the University of Edinburgh. She lives in the North of England with her family.
Title:The Boleyn InheritanceFormat:PaperbackDimensions:528 pages, 8 × 5.13 × 1.29 inPublished:April 19, 2007Publisher:Harpercollins (uk)Language:English

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ISBN - 10:0007190336

ISBN - 13:9780007190331

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Rated 4 out of 5 by from Scandalous Normally, I dislike novels that are written in the view of several different characters but Gregory somehow makes it work. If you like a story with scandals and death, this is the one for you.
Date published: 2017-11-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from First book in a series This was the book that got me hooked on Philippa Gregory.
Date published: 2017-09-10
Rated 5 out of 5 by from My gateway Gregory novel Most people reference The Other Boleyn Girl when speaking of Gregory's Tudor novels. This was my entry level book and I quickly became addicted. I love the story and the language. Be careful! You'll start speaking in Tudor English too!
Date published: 2017-08-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from One of the best books This is a great novelization of the time period. The Boleyns are a dynamic and important historical family, but Gregory manages to paint an interesting portrait of Jane. Well worth the read.
Date published: 2017-05-18
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent! Prepare to spend your leisure time reading! This book - like the others in the series - will cause late bedtimes, dinners pushed back and outside chores to be left undone until the book is finished! It should come with a warning.
Date published: 2014-04-21
Rated 4 out of 5 by from An Enjoyable Read In this marvellous novel, Ms Gregory brings out from the depth of history Jane Boleyn, Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard she also adds all sorts of wild cards making this a poignant historical thriller. The story is told in the first person with the three alternating voices of this trio. Each is replaying their brief, vulnerable and sad life while trying to make their way through the years of the most volatile court under Henry V111’s tyranny. The novel picks up with Henry’s third wife, an arranged marriage to Anne of Cleves; this created an alliance between England and Cleves thus avoiding a war. He soon realises the futility of it and turns his attention to the Queen’s maid-in-waiting Katherine Howard. Life with the King thirty years her senior is not what Little Kitty (14) had expected, after a year together, her childish behaviour and flirting aggravates Henry’s bad temper. She soon finds herself in the shadow of the axe that had claimed so many before her. Jane Boleyn who was a trusted friend of many Queens turns out to be the perfect spy for her uncle, the Duke of Norfolk. She stops at nothing to promote the ambitions of her family … no one is safe …. With the constant betrayals not even her….. This is an enjoyable read one that captures the imagination by creating a strong atmosphere, its details emphasising the sheer horror suffered during the years under the rule of Henry V111. An entertaining work of historical fiction, I am looking forward to reading Ms Gregory’s other work.
Date published: 2009-03-24
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Historical drama = good reading This is the second book I have devoured by Philippa Gregory (the first being "The Other Boleyn Girl" and just like the other it is a great read. First note that when you pick it up it is a lenghy novel (just as I like them) so it keeps you involved for quite a while. The Boleyn Inheritance is written about 3 women that historically we know very little about. Anne of Cleves(Henry VIII's 5th wife), Katherine Howard (his 6th) and Jane Boleyn (George Boleyn's widow). Philippa Gregory has done an extraordinary job of giving these ladies well rounded and very defined characters. Anne of Cleves is forever the outsider and set apart from the raunchy court of King Henry, she speaks little english and the cultural customs, from fashion all the way to language set a barrier between her and the people of England. Her persona grows as the novel progresses and we see her blossom from a repressed foreigner into an enchanting princess of England. Katherine Howard is a 15/16 year old girl, full of vivaciousness, life and of course courtly flirtations. She is pointedly the most uneducated of Henry's wives and is very naieve. As a lady between girlhood and womanhood we see her struggle with the adult world surrounding her as she plays like a child, dances and twinkles her way around the court in the deadliest of games. Which brings me to the Lady Jane, this is the most incredible charater involved in both novels, she is absolutly vile, evil and deliciously kniving person. She sent her husband and sister-in-law to the axemans block and now she is lady in waiting to Queen Anne of Cleves and head of Queen Katherines household. She is an ambitious little weasel, quick to do her kinsmens bidding to further her advancement and secure her "Boleyn Inheritance." Her antics are something to read about and it is wonderfully portrayed in both novels. Just awesome. The thing is (so far) with these books by Philippa Gregory is that you want to read more about Tudor history. So of course I will be adding more of her novels to my wishlist and completing more research on one of my favorite times in history.
Date published: 2009-01-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Boring I found this to be very boring and the writing repitious. I skipped over 1/2 of the book, then decided just to read the last couple chapters. Everything inbetween was the same thing over and over again. I was very disappointed.
Date published: 2008-12-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great! The saga of the Tudor court and the life of Henry the VIII through the eyes of his wives continues. Following the rise and fall of Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard, this third installment is just as good as the others.
Date published: 2008-11-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Boleyn Inheritance *spoilers* Another great Tudor historical fiction novel by Philippa Gregory. I didn't mind that the story switched between Jane Boleyn, Anne of Cleves and Katherine Howard...I thought it created a lot of suspense and I had to check myself from skipping ahead all the time. Jane Boleyn seemed like such a sympathetic character in the beginning and then she turned into this terror. Poor Katherine Howard has absolutely no sense (great believable writing) and you can't help but laugh out loud at her even toward the end. And stalwart Anne of Cleves...who finally comes into her own and gains the freedom she deserves. You'll not want to put this gripping story down!!
Date published: 2008-09-03
Rated 4 out of 5 by from GREAT Such a good book, didn't want to put it down. If you liked that movie the other boleyn girl, then you'll probably enjoy this book.
Date published: 2008-06-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great story continues... This book is something that all historical fiction fans would enjoy. I recommend reading this after The Other Boelyn Girl, as the story takes place after the ending of that novel. The book tells 3 different stories:of Anne of Cleaves, of Katherine Howard, and of Jane Boelyn. Wives 4 and 5 of King Henry tell their stories, mixed with love, hate and fear of their future husband. Jane Boelyn, seen in the Other Boelyn Girl, continues her role as aides to the new Queens. This book covers a great amount of history, rich with facts. As with all her others, the details are amazing, and each character has their own unique style in their chapters. This book is different than the others in the Tudor series, because each chapter is told from the view of a different character. However, this does not take away from the story. If you enjoyed this book, or any other Philippa Gregory titles, I recommend all her others.
Date published: 2008-06-11
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Just Good I read The Other Boleyn Girl before I read this one, which makes sense since thats the order they run in, and found that this one lacked the connection with the characters that The Other Boleyn Girl held. The description seemed too constant for me, there was too little dialog. I loved how the author described the period, their habits, their traditions and way of life, and I am glad I read it, but it didn't hold my attention as much as The Other Boleyn Girl. I do suggest this book if you're planning on reading the series, it was worth reading to find out more of Henry's wives, but I wasn't enthralled by it and will probably be hesitant to read it again. -katelyn
Date published: 2008-04-22
Rated 4 out of 5 by from A good book After reading "The Other Boleyn Girl" I read this book and really enjoyed it as well. The books had me so interested in the characters that after reading them I was researching to see what info I could find on the net and in other books. If you like historicals I don' think you will be disappointed by this series.
Date published: 2007-12-15