Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals Series)

Doomed Queen Anne (Young Royals Series)

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by Carolyn Meyer

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She risked everything to become queen

Though born without great beauty, wealth, or title, Anne Boleyn blossomed into a captivating woman. She used her wiles to win the heart of England’s most powerful man, King Henry VIII, and to persuade him to defy everyone—including his own wife—to make her his new queen. But Anne’s ambition proved to be

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She risked everything to become queen

Though born without great beauty, wealth, or title, Anne Boleyn blossomed into a captivating woman. She used her wiles to win the heart of England’s most powerful man, King Henry VIII, and to persuade him to defy everyone—including his own wife—to make her his new queen. But Anne’s ambition proved to be her fatal flaw.

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Carolyn Meyer's Young Royals series continues with Doomed Queen Anne, based on the tragic events of Anne Boleyn's life. Told in the first person, Meyer's novel sensitively portrays Boleyn's childhood (at 13, she declared she would one day be Queen of England) through to the moments before her infamous end: death by beheading. (Oct.) Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Children's Literature
Could Anne Boleyn become Queen of England? Most people at court would have laughed at the very suggestion. Anne however, had a very strong will, a determination to do better for herself that anyone expected and to go further than her family ever dreamed of. When she was a child, Anne was considered very plain and uninteresting. Her parents even considered sending her to a nunnery on account of her "defects." Luckily for Anne, she was sent to be educated in the Dutch and French royal courts. By the time she was selected to be a member of the English court of Henry VIII, Anne was a very intelligent and shrewd young woman. She had also blossomed into a woman with singular looks and considerable elegance. Watching the king and learning the ways of the court, Anne bided her time. It didn't take long for King Henry to notice the charming Anne Boleyn; he was ready for a new mistress. Anne, however, refused to take on that role. She had seen other women become his mistresses, including her own sister, and watched their popularity flare, and all too soon, die. If the king wanted her, he was going to have to marry her, even though he already had a wife. The scandal and controversy that ensued changed English history forever. We follow Anne's meteoric path to greatness, somehow knowing that her personality and cruel fate are going to cause her fall. In this superbly written book, the dual personality of Anne Boleyn comes through. Well researched and giving a full picture of that period in English history, this is a must for a collection of historical fiction. This is one of three books by Carolyn Meyer in the "Young Royals" series. 2002, Harcourt,
— Marya Jansen-Gruber
Promising Henry VIII a male heir to his throne, Anne Boleyn manipulates him to her will by refusing to submit to his conjugal wishes. She convinces him to have his first marriage annulled to make their union legal and to maintain her integrity. When the Pope does not support this action, Henry splits the Church of England from the Catholic Church, an act that enrages many of his subjects. Anne does become Queen, but when she does not produce a male child, she falls from favor. Though innocent of adulterous treason, she is convicted and beheaded. However, Elizabeth, the daughter whom she and Henry VIII conceive, does eventually become Queen. Given her options at the time, Anne Boleyn behaves in an understandable, if not exemplary, way. Readers age 12 and up will gain a more profound understanding of the intrigue and the behind-the-scenes treachery of life in the British Royal Court in the 1500s. 2002, Gulliver Books/Harcourt, 240pp., Thompson
School Library Journal
Gr 6-9-A novel, told in first person, about the unfortunate Anne Boleyn. In this account of her short life, she seems to have had no other real interest outside of her burning ambition to marry the king. Anne comes across as self-centered, selfish, and sometimes shrill. Since she makes no attempt to hide her efforts to win Henry's affection, she makes many enemies in the royal court, not the least of whom is young Princess Mary. Her eventual imprisonment in the tower of London on false charges and her subsequent beheading are described in the final chapter and a brief epilogue. Given the brevity of Anne's life and its single-minded focus, Meyer does an acceptable job of telling her story and steering a discreet course through the ins and outs of Henry's many sexual relationships. However, the epilogue reads like an afterthought and gives little information about how much of the book is true and about the major characters in the aftermath of Anne's execution. Still, middle-school girls will enjoy this portrait of the doomed queen, and it offers yet another perspective on the intricate relationships among members of Henry's royal family, his followers, and his enemies.-Bruce Anne Shook, Mendenhall Middle School, Greensboro, NC Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Kirkus Reviews
Meyer, who has told the story of the Tudor women from the perspective of his daughters Mary, Bloody Mary (1999) and Beware Princess Elizabeth (2001), returns to take the side of Anne Boleyn, the pot-stirrer, as it were. Beginning on the eve of her beheading, it is Boleyn's voice that explains how it all came to pass. And what a voice it is: vain, cunning, and spiteful. She is jealous of her sister (who was King Henry VIII's mistress before her), hates Queen Catherine whom she hopes to replace, plays a dangerous game with Henry, not surrendering her virginity to him for years, waiting for him to be rid of Catherine and to marry her. There is much loving description of gowns and jewels, and some indication of the difference styles of lavishness in English and French court life. What is more interesting is the tangled web of court intrigue at work and how Anne's fate is finally determined. All the implicit melodrama of her life is given full play here, but it will take some work to get to it. As in Meyer's earlier accounts, the first chapters are difficult and ponderous, full of enough detail to warrant backing up and starting over several times. Fortunately, there is a chart of the family at the front--an essential element in keeping track of the connections. Eventually, though, the story begins to gain momentum, rewarding the steadfast reader with a different perspective on the perils of ambition. (historical note, bibliography) (Historical fiction. 12+)

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
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Young Royals Series, #3
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4.60(w) x 7.18(h) x 0.69(d)
940L (what's this?)
Age Range:
12 - 17 Years

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Doomed Queen Anne 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 68 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Young Royals Series in Order: 1. Mary, Bloody Mary 2. Beware, Princess Elizabeth 3. Patience, Princess Catherine 4. Doomed Queen Anne 5. Duchessina 6. The Bad Queen 7. The Wild Queen
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this book because not only was it historical, it was also very interesting and held my attention throughout the whole book. The author did a great job of telling this story, and I liked the way she described the main character's ambition. The author showed how the main character, Anne Boleyn, changed throughout the book. As I get to the end of the book, Anne gets more and more greedy. She not only wanted to gain position as the king's lover and mistress, but she wanted much more than that. She wanted to become queen and rise above all. In my opinion, her childhood was the main influence of her greed. After all, ever since she was little, she had been looked down upon. Everyone looked at her sister, Mary Boleyn, instead of Anne, because Mary was more beautiful. This is probably why Anne was determined to rise above everyone and gain an important position. She wanted to prove that she was better than everyone else and wanted to make people feel sorry and regret that they ever looked down on her. I think her greed was too much, and that's why she fell in the end. She climbed too far, but her greed caused her to fall. I think this book was very successful in depicting Anne Boleyn's life.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This was the first ever histori al novel I had ever read. I was in 6th grade and I randomley chose this book. It was amazing! And ever since then I have been obssesed with the Tudors. Especially Anne!!!
EmilyD More than 1 year ago
4.5 stars. Carolyn Meyer really researches her novels well! Sometimes it's hard to believe they're still fiction. All the events that take place in this book are historically accurate, so it's okay to base your knowledge of history on the events in this book. One of the things I liked the most about this book is that while Meyer doesn't sugarcoat the wrong things Anne did, she still portrays her as a human being with feelings. Meyer doesn't try to justify her hunger for power, yet she makes Anne seem like a person we can all sympathize with and relate to. If you've read this, I bet that there was at least one point in the book where you were rooting for Anne as queen, despite all the wrong things she did. I would recommend this book to anyone interested in the Tudors, and even those who aren't. Believe me, after you read one of the Young Royals books, you can't be not interested.
SillyChi More than 1 year ago
I read this a while back and I've been looking for books like this, it's tells the live of Anne has a girl till the very end, but every moment of it, feels like you're really there, and this would be such a great book to read.
Avid_Reader101 More than 1 year ago
This book is a historical masterpiece! I would deffinitely read it. It is alot of facts and then it also has a story behind it. Follow Anne Boleyn and her struggles to seduce the king, be queen, and live up to her sister's beauty. It is an emotional book. If you have seen The Other Boleyn Girl and Anne of the thousand days, then this book will be to your enjoyment. I absoulutely love the Tudor history and I will keep researching till i discover what trully happened in the Tudor castles.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was the second book that I read of the Young Royals series, and I thought it was fantastic. I love the story of Anne Boleyen and she is my favorite historical person ever! Carolyn Meyer is a fantastic author and she really brings Anne's story to life.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I'm new in the youngroyals series and i have to admit i was impressed by the historical facts and realism in the book. Although i do think the book could have been better constructed.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
After I was done with Mary, Bloody Mary by Carolyn Meyer, I read about Anne Boleyn, a scheming woman. Anne Boleyn was jealousy of her older sister, Mary beauty and she's determined to rise to the top. She uses her wiles to win the heart of King Henry VIII. She made him turn against his own wife and everyone-to make her his new queen. The story has the same scene from Mary, Bloody Mary but the only difference is Anne point of view. You see Anne ambitions family especially the father, but Anne Boleyn and Princess Mary are fascinating character in two books.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book shows how life in royal life was by anne ,soon to be queen, tells her story. This book is great to read because it is just a great book with lots of action.
tudorgeek6 More than 1 year ago
This historical account of Anne Boleyn is historically accurate although it is a fiction book. **
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It gave me a different opinion of Queen Anne..... I really injoyed it! :)
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This is one of the best books ive ever read! A must read!
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