The Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa Gregory (Book Review)

Title: The Boleyn Inheritance
Author: Philippa Gregory
Ratings: 4/5

Another masterpiece by Gregory! This is the second book that I have read from the said author and once again, it never failed me. It has a long story line but of course, The Other Boleyn Girl is still better. As you read the novel you will develop hatred towards the monarch King Henry VIII. He is a very selfish person and for me, he is not in a good state of mind during those times. His life decisions became unjustifiable during and after his relationship with Anne Boleyn. His life with his fifth wife, Katherine Howard became a replay of his life with his second wife Anne Boleyn (who are cousins FYI) and both ended up on the block because of treason.

As I was reading the story, I can’t help but be disgusted with the king and I am totally affected by how the author described his stinking and non healing wound and the mere fact that Katherine is only 15 when he married her and he was 48. You will definitely feel nauseated by it!

The story about Anne of Cleaves was also different and of the 6 the wives of the King she was so lucky to be spared from death but nevertheless, her life has also been in danger during Katherine Howard’s trial. The King must have been so insane to think of such things.

The story was in the point of view of three ladies. Anne of Cleaves, Katherine Howard and Jane Boleyn which gave three different perspectives in the story. Towards the end, I felt sorry for both Jane and Katherine because both were in denial and still hopes that the King will spare them from death.

Again, another brilliant work by the author! 🙂


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