The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

by Robin Maxwell
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The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn by Robin Maxwell

In this "energetic" (Kirkus Reviews) re-creation of Anne Boleyn's tragic life — and death — Robin Maxwell offers a pitch-perfect version of a bawdy and exuberant time filled with lust, betrayal, love, and murder.
When the young Queen Elizabeth I is entrusted with Anne Boleyn's secret diary, she discovers a great deal about the much-maligned mother she never knew. And on learning the truth about her lascivious and despotic father, Henry VIII, she vows never to relinquish control to any man. But this avowal doesn't prevent Elizabeth from pursuing a torrid love affair with her horsemaster, Robin Dudley — described with near-shocking candor — as too are Anne's graphic trysts with a very persistent and lustful Henry. Blending a historian's attention to accuracy with a novelist's artful rendering, Maxwell weaves compelling descriptions of court life and devastating portraits of actual people into her naughty, page-turning tale. The result is a masterpiece of historical fiction — so prophetic of our time that one would think it were ripped from today's headlines.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780684849690
Publisher: Touchstone
Publication date: 05/28/1998
Pages: 288
Sales rank: 167,371
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 1.70(d)
Lexile: 1120L (what's this?)
Age Range: 12 - 18 Years

About the Author

Robon Maxwell, a devout student of Tudor England, devoted twelve years to the research and writing of The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn. She lives in Topanga, California, where she is currently at work on a sequel.

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Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.
JessaRN More than 1 year ago
I love Tudor England historical fiction. This story put a different twist on the Anne Boleyn story. It painted Anne Boleyn in a different light. It portrayed her personality in a more positive light rather than power-hungry. It also psychologically displays Queen Elizabeth and assists you to make assumptions on her life decisions. Quick and worthy read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Robin Maxwell's fictional account of the life of Anne Boleyn is an incredibly interesting, although somewhat inaccurate, translation of the events surrounding the lives of her characters. As history leaves much to be desired of the life of the unfortunate queen, Maxwell's perceptive ability to fill in the gaps can cause any history buff's mouth to water. Furthermore, it is also an interesting example of the reign of Henry VIII, and the plight of women at the time. Setting aside several technical errors within the book, it is both an interesting and thrilling read. I certainly would recommend this!
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was a wonderful treat, detailed, and had duel storylines, which kept the interest going. Makes you rethink the true life of Anne Boleyn, brings up the good things in her that history seems to overlook. Great book, a joy for true history fans to read. Not as riveting as Phillipa Gregory's The Other Boleyn Girl, but a very fine account with a different slant.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn was good. It gave the reader a good idea of what Anne Boleyn's life was like from her own perspective. Her daughter,Elizabeth, is given her mothers diary after becoming queen. She reads about her mother's life from her marraige all the way to her tragic death. After this she feels more sympathetic and caring towards her mother. Through this diary Elizabeth learns much about her mother and father. This book gives a good description of the lives of Henry and Anne in much detail. Overall, I enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the tudor time period from it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book is one of the best historical novels that I have ever read. Maxwell geniusly brings to life Elizabeth Tudor, her mother Anne Boleyn, and the backround figures that made their history possible. I found the ending immensly powerful as well as thought provoking. This book is a must read for anyone interested in the Tudor Dynasty.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This is a great book if you want to learn history through a story. I've always been fascinated with Anne Boleyn, and this book shows both the innocent and scheming sides to her nature. I felt it was a nice, objective portrait of a truly fascinating woman.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I loved this book! It is amazingly descriptive and really loved reading it. Any one who has an intrest in either Anne Boleyn or Elizabeth would enjoy this book. Anne Boleyn is often looked down upon in books as a witch or as devious, cuel or even evil, and it was wonderful to hear the story from her point of view. After reading it I was quite a bit more sympathetic towards her. Robin Maxwell did a wonderful job of making you belive that you are actually reading something that Anne Boleyn wrote nearly 470 years ago. Very realistic, I couldn't put it down. Other books about this era that I enjoyed were Mary, Bloody Mary about Henry VIII's first daughter and Beware, Princess Elizabeth both by Carolyn Meyer. They are much easier reads, but fun. Carolyn Meyer also wrote a book about Anne Boleyn, but I have yet to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A seamless blend of historical fact and fiction. I found this a very entertaining read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
A very intriguing book that I would recommend- I am not one to sit around and read a book, but this caught my attention. The details of the people and how they lived during the Tudor dynasty is amazing! We were discussing this time period in World History class and it was neat to see my teachers face light up when I knew more about Anne Boleyn than he did! An outstanding book has to be very detailed and well written- I think this has all that and more! It was amazing!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I read this book because I love learning about the court of Henry VIII, his children, and wives. Anne is a lady-in-waiting for Queen Catherine of Aragon. Suddenly she finds that King Henry VIII is madly in love with her. Her uncle presures her into marrying him and finally she does. I cried when I read this book. To imagine what Anne went through is terrible. This book is heart-breaking and sad. I highly recomend it. It is great. *Two thumbs up*
Guest More than 1 year ago
SDAB explores this possible but improbable idea: What if Anne Boleyn kept a diary??? When it falls into the hands of her daughter Queen Elizabeth I, history's course is set! This is a work of fiction, but like all great historical fiction SDAB teaches you a lot about the period it is set in. Novels of Anne Boleyn are scarce, or focus to much on the whorish gossip. This is an incredible find for anyone who loves historical fiction or the Tudor Period, and an unfathomable treasure trove for a person with a deep fascination in Anne Boleyn!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had to keep reminding myself that this is a work of fiction!! The whole story flows and fits so well with what little I do know about the Tudor period. The small bits of romance were genius; without them, I might have felt like I was reading a textbook. My one complaint would be that there were far too many names to remember. By the end of the book, I was getting Anne's enemies confused with her friends, which made for quite a few re-read paragraphs. Overall, though, definately recommended.
Guest More than 1 year ago
as a Voracious reader of historical fiction, and a fan of the Tudor period I Read this with enthusiasm and finished it in a night.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Deliciously written historical fiction, rekindles the fascination with 16th century British monarchs. The well-kept diary reconnects Anne with the mind and heart of her powerful daughter Elizabeth I, and gives voice to Anne's influence on the English church reform and liberation from the Vatican yolk. I didn't want to finish this superb novel.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I thought The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn was very good. It gave a good description of what Anne Boleyn's life was like from her own perspective. Her daughter, Elizabeth, is given the diary after she becomes queen. Anne's diary tells of her marriage to King Henry all the way to her tragic death. After reading this Elizabeth becomes more sympathetic and caring towards her mother. She learns a lot about her mother and father that she never knew. This book gives a good idea of what the lives of king Henry, Anne Boleyn, and even some of Elizabeth's were like with much detail. Overall, I enjoyed this book and learned a lot about the Tudor time period.
Guest More than 1 year ago
It's a great page turner. It goes in depth of Anne's life and the way she lived. By the time you've turned the last page you feel like you've met Anne and Elizabeth. The book has great imigery, you can see the world that's being told.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This book was so good!! I loved it!!! I recomed it 2 anybody. I use 2 love readin bout henry VIII till i found out what he did 2 his wifes and how cruel he was. This was all bout the rise and fall of anne boleyn and u will love it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I think this book was very enthralling. I especially enjoyed reading about how she held Henry VIII off at a distance, yet still had him in the palm of her hand. I was saddened by the outcome of the book, but it was terrific reading, a real page turner.
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Loved it
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Enjoyed every line
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Interesting reading for history buffs even if it is fiction.
BookLover1420 More than 1 year ago
This is a fiction story based on historical fact. Anne Bolyen was Elizabeth's the 1st's Mother and Elizabeth was the greatest Queen England ever knew, so that is fact. The diary and events within are fiction, but written in such a way one could believe them as fact. I enjoyed this glimpse into both very powerful women's lives and can only imagine what it could be like for a child to never have really known her mother and be told all her life how 'bad' and 'evil' her mother was. A must read for those who adore Tudor history and fiction.