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"Dunn's Boleyn is lusty, willful, ambitious and ultimately likable."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram --This text refers to the paperback edition.
About the Author
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.--This text refers to the paperback edition.
- ASIN : B004XOZ8F6
- Publisher : William Collins (28 April 2011)
- Language : English
- File size : 684 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 314 pages
- Page numbers source ISBN : 0060591579
- Best Sellers Rank: 750,054 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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As others have said, Dunn experiments with a modern take on 'history', so she makes people talk in contemporary terms while retaining the thought world of their times. I thought that worked really well in her Katherine Howard book, but here the distance created is too great. The modernisms of having Anne Boleyn talk about her 'mum' and 'dad' and 'auntie Liz' (Elizabeth Howard!) is really grating and doesn't work.
I also disliked her version of Anne: Dunn makes her too bitchy, too politically-naive and stupid, when in actuality Anne seems to have been well-educated, morally-pius and intelligent to the point of being an intelllectual.
The second story of Lucy, the court confectioner, worked far better for me, and gave a taste of real lives at the Tudor court. Dunn can be an acute and observant writer, particularly good on the subtle manoeuvres of romantic relationships. There are signs of that here but they become subsumed under the more sensational Boleyn story.
So I found this an unsatisfying read but to her credit Dunn seems to have refined her technique enormously in later books.
where a story was being told with facts of Henry and Ann Bolyeyn thrown in.
Was not written well.