The Queen Of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Suzannah DunnThe Queen Of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Suzannah Dunn

The Queen Of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne Boleyn

bySuzannah Dunn

Paperback | November 1, 2005

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Anne Boleyn and Lucy Cornwallis: queen and
confectioner, fatefully linked in a court
rife with intrigue and treachery

She was the dark-eyed English beauty who captivated King Henry VIII, only to die at his behest three years after they were married. She was both manipulator and pawn, a complex, misunderstood mélange of subtlety and fire. Her name was Anne Boleyn.

In The Queen of Subtleties, Suzannah Dunn reimagines the rise and fall of the tragic queen through two alternating voices: that of Anne herself, who is penning a letter to her young daughter on the eve of her execution, and Lucy Cornwallis, the king’s confectioner. An employee of the highest status, Lucy is responsible for creating the sculpted sugar centerpieces that adorn each of the feasts marking Anne’s ascent in the king’s favor. They also share another link of which neither woman is aware: the lovely Mark Smeaton, wunderkind musician—the innocent on whom, ultimately, Anne’s downfall hinges.

Suzannah Dunn is the author of ten novels in the United Kingdom, including The Sixth Wife and The Queen of Subtleties, both published in the United States as well. She lives in Brighton, England.
Title:The Queen Of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne BoleynFormat:PaperbackDimensions:320 pages, 8 × 5.31 × 0.72 inPublished:November 1, 2005Publisher:HarperCollinsLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0060591587

ISBN - 13:9780060591588

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Rated 3 out of 5 by from Queen of Subtleties Suzannah Dunn provides another viewpoint of the life of Anne Boleyn. The author does write dialogue well but in the case of this historical novel I just couldn't see that this would be the speech of the time, with seemingly modern day catch-phrases interspersed. This novel does have emotional impact and is imaginative but I just did not see the point of the two story-lines differing in time and point of view and only the one connecting thread. This is the author's first historical novel and I would be interested to see how she improves in her next, the story of Katherine Parr - The Sixth Wife.
Date published: 2008-09-17

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