The Queen of Subtleties

The Queen of Subtleties

A Novel of Anne Boleyn

Book - 2004
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She was the dark-eyed commoner who captivated a king, causing a monumental upheaval in the land that would sever England from the rest of the Western world. Yet, after three short years of marriage, she would die by the headsman's sword, leaving behind a young daughter destined to rule as the greatest of all British monarchs. She was enchantress and martyr, manipulator and pawn, a complex, misunderstood m#65533;lange of subtlety and fire. Her name was Anne Boleyn.

With stunning vividness and lyrical power, author Suzannah Dunn brings a tumultuous era to magnificent life, as she boldly reimagines the rise and descent of a tragic, legendary queen, the second and perhaps most famous wife of King Henry VIII. It is a story of betrayal and love, of pomp and obsession, told in two unforgettable alternating voices: that of the doomed queen herself, relating the true and twisted circumstances of her triumphs, downfall, and impending death to the innocent child who will never truly know her mother ... and that of a servant, Lucy Cornwallis, witness to great and terrible events from her place in the royal kitchens. These two women -- both serving at the whim of a volatile monarch, both prisoners in a world of power and unspeakable cruelty -- share nothing except an inside view of the intricate workings of a merciless court ... and an ultimately devastating relationship with a handsome, young musician.

With wit, grace, and masterful storytelling, Suzannah Dunn weaves a compelling and unforgettable tale rich in color and detail, peopled with larger-than-life characters rendered poignantly and painfully human by an artist's expert hand. The Queen of Subtleties is a magnificent achievement -- a masterwork that will live long and stand regally proud among the most loved and respected works of historical fiction.

Publisher: New York : William Morrow, 2004.
ISBN: 9780060591571
Characteristics: 288 p. ;,24 cm.


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Feb 15, 2017

I loved this book. I've read tons of books about Tudor times. I liked this one because it gave me information about how other people lived not just royalty. Anyway, there's not really anything new about the Tudors, it's all been said many times and it's finite .

Oct 07, 2011

A good book, gives you a good idea of Anne's (presumed) personality.
It is written as if Anne is writing a letter to her little Elizabeth about how she got to where she was at the time, right before her trip to...the tower.

The weird part is that every other chpter is written in perspective of the king's confectionere, Lucy Cornwallis. I don't know if she was really real and i don't entirly understand the purpose of her story, maybe a general public opinion of anne and the going on, letting u in on happenings that anne might not kow of or in a perspective different from anne's.
Overall it's been a interesting read.
If u like history, preferablly on Queen Anne then i suggest this book.

Apr 26, 2011

For anyone who has read alot of fiction about Anne Bolyn and the Tudor reign this book doesn't add anything new. I expected more from the author and was disappointed in the storyline. A lighter read than some historical fiction but easily forgetable by the time you put it down.

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