The Lady in the Tower

The Lady in the Tower

by Jean Plaidy
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The Lady in the Tower by Jean Plaidy

One of history’s most complex and alluring women comes to life in this classic novel by the
legendary Jean Plaidy.

Young Anne Boleyn was not beautiful but she was irresistible, capturing the hearts of kings and commoners alike. Daughter of an ambitious country lord, Anne was sent to France to learn sophistication, and then to court to marry well and raise the family’s fortunes. She soon surpassed even their greatest expectations. Although his queen was loving and loyal, King Henry VIII swore he would put her aside and make Anne his wife. And so he did, though the divorce would tear apart the English church and inflict religious turmoil and bloodshed on his people for generations to come.

Loathed by the English people, who called her “the King’s Great Whore,” Anne Boleyn was soon caught in the trap of her own ambition. Political rivals surrounded her at court and, when she failed to produce a much-desired male heir, they closed in, preying on the king’s well-known insecurity and volatile temper. Wrongfully accused of adultery and incest, Anne found herself imprisoned in the Tower of London, where she was at the mercy of her husband and of her enemies.

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ISBN-13: 9781433248054
Publisher: Blackstone Audio, Inc.
Publication date: 07/01/2008
Series: Queens of England Series , #4
Edition description: Unabridged
Pages: 12
Product dimensions: 6.80(w) x 6.20(h) x 2.00(d)

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The Lady in the Tower 4.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 28 reviews.
OHARADN More than 1 year ago
My first by Jean Plaidy but, not my last. For several years of heavy historical fiction reading, I've been reading around Anne B. I think this may be one of my first from her point of view. While I realize that there has been some more study of the period and a re-examination of mutiple players, still a great read. A compeling and potentially probable retelling of some major events and motivation behind them.
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MBOLEY More than 1 year ago
This is a page turner. I have always been facinated with Anne Boleyn due to English history and the spelling of my last name. Anyway, this is such a pivital point in history with the break from the Church of Rome, the establishment of the Church of England, Henry Tudor's (VIII) struggles with siring an heir and Anne's tragic beheading. GET THIS BOOK. THE WHOLE SERIES IS FASCINATING. JEAN PLAIDY AND HER OTHER PEN NAME'S BOOKS ARE WELL WORTH READING!!!!
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GailCooke More than 1 year ago
To hear versatile actress Anne Flosnik read The Lady in the Tower is to be transported to 16th century England, to the court of Henry VIII. While Henry was, indeed, a contradictory figure his court was even more so, filled with plotting, scheming, betrayals of trust. Flosnik's voice itself takes us there with a distinct, brisk British accent. Her tone is both soft and firm. Add to this voice her acting ability and you have an exemplary performance, one that holds listeners rapt even though most know the outcome.

Throughout history we find women who intrigue, their stories captivating us even after centuries have past. Surely few of those lives are as compelling as that of Anne Boleyn.

History does not accurately record the date of her birth with guesses ranging from 1501 - 1507. What is known is that as a young girl she was sent to France, to the household of Mary, Henry VIII's sister who was the wife of Louis XII. She returned to England in 1921 to prepare for a marriage which did not take place. Following this she had relationships with several men. Anne was an ambitious woman, and eventually caught the eye of Henry VIII who was then married to Catherine of Aragon.

Catch Henry's eye she did and more. When she refused to become his mistress he decided to divorce Catherine and marry Anne. The marriage did finally take place after she became pregnant with his child, a girl. Anne never produced a son; Henry's attention soon turned to another. She reigned for a brief three years as Queen and the drama of those days continues to attract us.

Highly recommended

- Gail Cooke
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Having read 'Murder Most Royal' I KNEW I was setting myself up for disappointment when I purchased another novel, written by the same author, on the same subject. Ms. Plaidy repeated herself numerous times, to the point I found it humorous. Her stories from one novel to the next are conflicting. Understanding the time frame in which these books were written, and the numerous amounts of information discovered in the last 15 years with regards to Anne Boleyn, I still found the book lacking in so much as the grace, the splendor, and the tone in which she wrote 'Murder Most Royal.' It was almost as if she just threw words down on pages and struggled to get through the story. Wasn't great for me, however, others may enjoy it!
Guest More than 1 year ago
I had read 'Murder Most Royal' by Jean Plaidy and it's also about Anne Boleyn and I hated it. So, I was a bit worried about this one, but it was absolutely amazing! The scene is set marvelously the description of Henry was really good, unlike any other book I've read.
Guest More than 1 year ago
This was an amazing retelling of Anne Boleyn. That she did not start her life as the coniving evil 'witch' as history puts her. For most part she was a pawn by her family, forced to use her charm and wit on the King. This was an amazing book focused on the cruelties and backstabbings of Henry's court, and Anne's struggle to take control of her life by 'bewitching' King Henry the eighth.I would suggest that one should read The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory, and see the authors different views on Anne Boleyn.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I enjoyed this novel, it was alot different then the histoical novels I was used to. After I completed it I felt I had a new understanding of Anne Boleyn. I think Ms. Plaidy really did her justice.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I have always been interested in these types of books. Anne had to grow up fast and she eventually paid for her mistakes, but you can't help but feel sorry for her. I love this book!!!