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  • By: Robin Maxwell
  • Narrated by: Suzan Crowley
  • Length: 13 hrs and 20 mins
  • 4.1 out of 5 stars (36 ratings)

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The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

By: Robin Maxwell
Narrated by: Suzan Crowley
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Summary

Robin Maxwell’s debut novel introduces Anne Boleyn and her daughter, Elizabeth: one was queen for a thousand days, the other for more than 40 years. Both were passionate, headstrong women, loved and hated by Henry VIII. At the beginning of Elizabeth’s reign, her mother’s private diary is given to her by a mysterious lady. In reading it, the young ruler - herself embroiled in a dangerous love affair - discovers a great deal about her much maligned mother.

Through Anne’s writing, Elizabeth finds an echo of her own dramatic life as a powerful young woman at the center of England’s male establishment and, with the knowledge gained from it, makes a resolution that will change the course of history.

©2011 Robin Maxwell (P)2012 Brilliance Audio, Inc.

Critic reviews

"A wonderfully juicy historical novel so convincing that it’s difficult to believe it is the author’s first.... Maxwell brings...all of bloody Tudor England vividly to life." ( Publishers Weekly)
"An historical fiction classic. Beware: this is truly addictive reading." (Michelle Moran, author of Madame Tussaud)
"Dazzling. Historical fiction at its finest." (C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de’ Medici)

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New perspective

I have enjoyed this. I owned the book a few years ago and lent it to a friend who never gave it back. It was very entertaining and this perspective was so interesting.

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Enjoyable despite inaccuracies

I had to keep reminding myself that this is fiction, because it’s full of inaccuracies, but on the whole, it’s a sympathetic account of Anne Boleyn’s life and Elizabeth 1st’s relationship with her mother’s memory. Two of the most remarkable women in our history. I enjoyed the narration particularly.

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Loved

Listened to this book via audible. Extremely interesting and loved that Anne’s story is told through her eyes. Loved that as Elizabeth read Anne’s diary she was seeing her Mother from a different perspective. A refreshing change on the Henry and Anne affair

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