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The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

5 out of 5 people found this review helpful.

Great Read!

I have read quite a few books on Anne Boleyn, and this is a great one. Obviously, the real Anne did not write the book, but it is very accurate and believeable. By the end, felt so sad, since I felt I knew Anne. It is not too detailed, as a previous review says. (This i...
I have read quite a few books on Anne Boleyn, and this is a great one. Obviously, the real Anne did not write the book, but it is very accurate and believeable. By the end, felt so sad, since I felt I knew Anne. It is not too detailed, as a previous review says. (This is not exactly material a high schooler would like.) It is great historical fiction, and very well written.

posted by Anonymous on March 8, 2006

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1 out of 4 people found this review helpful.

Interesting book

After reading 'The Other Boleyn Girl' by Phillipa Gregory I went looking for a book that could give me a different perspective on the story. I found this book very slow at the begining the author is very descriptive, down to the last detail, where at times it became a b...
After reading 'The Other Boleyn Girl' by Phillipa Gregory I went looking for a book that could give me a different perspective on the story. I found this book very slow at the begining the author is very descriptive, down to the last detail, where at times it became a bore to read. The diary writing of Anne Boleyn , to me seemed'unrealistic', the type of details that was there, but the book picked up at pace towards the end. It does keep a good line with some of the known historical facts. For a first time novel for the author, it is a good attempt.

posted by Anonymous on April 4, 2008

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  • Anonymous

    Posted September 24, 2009

    Don't waste your time

    Please don't waste your time reading this book. Yes, the book is historial fiction but it's completely false. A total waste of time.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 14, 2003

    Absolutely Boring!

    For someone who researched the Tudor dynasty as tirelessly as Robin Maxwell purports to have done, she completely failed to pick up on the importance of character development and scene juxtaposition. I felt absolutely nothing for Anne's scheming and ministrations; neither did I find her antics unutterably selfish or unmitigatingly powerful. She was as unexciting as a bowl of cottage cheese. Still less did I buy the emotional seesawing of her Henry VIII. Granted, true history speaks well for the man's fickle nature, but I cannot believe that he, the King of England and head of his own Church, would've placed all of his ample wits and faith into the promises of a son as given by a mere slip of a girl whose pedigree he had to doctor in order for her to be accepted as his worthy bride. Let us give credit to him as the great sovereign his people rightly believed he was. He may have been lustful and duplicitous, but he was never so stupid as Maxwell portrays him. As far as the changing scenes between Elizabeth and the reading of her mother's diary, Elizabeth herself is nothing but a flitting shadow, sneaking off to read the writings in private (she's the Queen; no matter what Maxwell asserts, she did not need to conceal her actions). This novel leaves me cold, bored and desirous for a giant high school textbook on Tudor England. Want real historical fiction with honorable and sentient central figures who live as vividly in the pages as they did in real life? Try Sharon Kay Penman. She beats the historical pants off Robin Maxwell any day.

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    Posted January 2, 2010

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