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  • Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession

  • Six Tudor Queens, Book 2
  • By: Alison Weir
  • Narrated by: Anna Bentinck
  • Length: 21 hrs and 15 mins
  • 4.5 out of 5 stars (407 ratings)

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Six Tudor Queens: Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession

By: Alison Weir
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Summary

Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession by best-selling historian Alison Weir, author of Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen, is the second captivating novel in the Six Tudor Queens series. An unforgettable portrait of the ambitious woman whose fate we know all too well, but whose true motivations may surprise you. Essential listening for fans of Philippa Gregory and Elizabeth Chadwick.

The young woman who changed the course of history.

Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love.

But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game.

Anne has a spirit worthy of a crown - and the crown is what she seeks. At any price.

Anne Boleyn. The second of Henry's Queens. Her story.

History tells us why she died. This powerful novel shows her as she lived.

Six Tudor Queens. Six novels. Six years.

©2017 Alison Weir (P)2017 Headline Publishing Group Ltd

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"Weir is excellent on the little details that bring a world to life." The Guardian)

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Anne Boleyn much maligned ..,

Well written and well read.

Poor Anne Boleyn falsely accused of adultery and incest.

Alison Weir mixes fact and fiction together into a tale which kept me entertained while I did mundane tasks during lock down.

Did Anne deserve her fate? Or was she just an insecure pawn? Personally I think she was a pawn used by both her family and the king. A sad ending.

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Fantastic

What a wonderful and well narrated audiobook that brings Tudor life alive in your imagination as the colourful description of life at court under Henry VIII at the battle between the Kings Will and His Wives unfolds

Great listen :)

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The Rise & Fall of A Queen

Ask most people about Henry VIII and they will invariably mention his second wife, Anne Boleyn. She is perhaps the best known of Henry's six wives. There may be some casual readers who might decide to opt for this book in the series only but having just read it and the first, I'd have to say Weir's first book in this epic series, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queens clearly the better of the two in my opinion. That is not to say that this second book is an uninteresting read, far from it, it's just that there is likely far more source material from which to draw upon with regard to Katherine and her long marriage to Henry than for Anne's relatively brief rise to fame and fortune. Not being an historian myself, I imagine this is true purely given the length of time Katherine was queen combined with her brief history with Henry's brother, Arthur. SO, I would speculate that this fictionalized work of historical basis has to rely on much more by way of indirect references to Ann's early life and her initial dealings with Henry. I may well be wrong about this but I felt this was so when reading this book. In truth, I did find the Katherine of Aragon story much more compelling as I felt it had more substance to it.

Having said all that, please do not be put off this book. Weir does an overall excellent job and paints in detail the rise and tragic fall of this ambitious woman that would be queen. As the book progresses and Anne finally becomes Queen, there is more depth to the book perhaps due to the increased level of source material at this pivotal point in Anne's life. . As this book is written from Ann's perspective, we do not get a sense of the machinations going on behind the scenes, chiefly led by Cromwell that lead to her ultimate downfall. For more on this and an excellent complimentary work of historical fact about Anne, I highly recommend Weir's book "The Lady in The Tower" also available here on Audible

Weir does an excellent job of portraying Ann's final days and there is genuine poignancy here that really gives the reader a sense of the terror and confusion Ann must have endured in her last days. I have visited the Tower of London and stood inside the small chapel just feet away from where Ann was buried and have thought on the horror of her execution and the fear she must have felt with deep sympathy for her. For all Anne's foibles, this was not the end she deserved. It was a brutal period to live in which Weir alludes to several times in the book with respect to how Henry dealt with those that would oppose him.

As mentioned in my review of the first in this series, I'd like to have seen the same narrator used throughout. The narrator used for this book does a good job and is easy to listen to. However, as usual with me I have to mention some minor typos and two editing errors I noticed. I have to labour the point of proper proof reading and due diligence in this regard. perhaps it's just me that notices such things and they do not detract from the book as a whole but I do find such things surprising to see.

Given the historical record of Ann's life - in particular her early life, Weir has done a fine job of doing what she does so well, depicting historical figures as real people.

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Awesome, but need a break now to deal with roiling emotions…

This really brings home how diabolical life was for women in Tudor England. It’s both moving and shattering at the same time. This is a great audiobook and the narration is fantastic, but I don’t think I can take any more accounts of the prevailing culture of misogyny for now. Sometimes a book leaves you rattled, and this was one of them for me.

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six tudor queens, Anne boleyn

Really enjoyed this book, thought it had been well researched. I enjoyed the way fact and fiction were cleverly interwoven. Obviously a lot is known about the wives of King Henry, there was still lots more in this that I hadn't come across.
I thought the narrator did a really good job of bringing the story alive, it was very well read.
Good book, looking forward to the Jane Seymour book.

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not guilty.

easy book to listen to. Lady Anne voice changes through her moods and thoughts. Her last days are very dramatic and hard to listen to as you feel her fear. I fear her demise was that she was jealous of others and trying to rule with King Henry. These thoughts where before her time as women should not know of political thoughts or even voice them. King Henry had to have her killed as she would be dangerous.

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Enchanting

Couldn't stop listening, I'm a little familiar with Anne's story so it was amazing to hear her fleshed out as the whole person she was. Anne like Catherine was a victim of patriarchal rule, she was murdered by the state when her body didn't do what the powerful men around her wanted. It's emotional to listen to her terror while imprisoned and infuriating to hear her so elequently and intelligenty defend herself in that shame trial. This audiobook is a brilliant tribute to an incredible woman, even with the occasional recording mistakes and the drums at the end, which are a little jarring. I'lll listen again and again, amazing.

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Beautifully written and performed

Never before have I felt so involved with a character that I felt I already knew. There is no fear of not enjoying this book because you already know how it ends. I was truly transported to these treacherous times and felt with Anne through her life. I loved this book.

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Never gets boring

I have been on a Henry v111 kick or should I say his wives for a while and have listened to several accounts of the lives and fates of these six women. There has obviously been each author's own twist and accounting of the facts . And actually the parts that crop up over and over I think are the truth. This particular book has Anne as quite a sweet natured person.I do not buy into the myth that she was an awful selfish woman prone to terrible acts to get what she wanted, but sweet natured and apart from a few tantrums blameless.? No. In this book a lot of the worse things are blamed quite squarely on George. I don't believe this. It doesn't matter how many times I listen to the accounts of Henry's six wives I never fail to feel completely for all these women who could not refuse a king. And to listen in horror to the deeds of a king blinded by his love of himself and reinforced by those around him. This is the kindest thing I can say about him. I do not like him at all. There were new things to take into account about Anne in this book and I was filled with horror at her end as I always am. The narrator was on the whole good but I hated her voice for Henry. She sounded like Prince Charles, often with a bunged up nose. And I cringed a lot of the time listening to that voice. These women make me grateful how far women have come. I'm now off to listen to the next book in this series. Jane Seymour. I hope to listen to all these books although they are not all available at present.

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a piece of history brought to life

This book gives a nice insight to Tudor life at court. I liked how Anne Boleyn is portrayed. Beautifully read.

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