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Mademoiselle Boleyn

Mademoiselle Boleyn

Written by Robin Maxwell

Narrated by Suzan Crowley


Mademoiselle Boleyn

Written by Robin Maxwell

Narrated by Suzan Crowley

ratings:
4.5/5 (17 ratings)
Length:
13 hours
Released:
Dec 18, 2012
ISBN:
9781469204239
Format:
Audiobook

Description

When her father is assigned the task of spying on the French Court, the charming and sweetly innocent Anne Boleyn is delighted by the thought of a new adventure. And she is not to be disappointed, for her beautiful sister, Mary, has been handed a mission: to let herself be seduced by the King of France in order to uncover his secrets.

Mesmerized by the thrilling passion, intrigue, and betrayal that unfolds, Anne discovers the power of being a woman who catches the eye of a powerful king. And, as she grows into a beautiful young woman, she undergoes her own sexual awakening, each daring exploit taking her one step closer to the life that is her destiny.
Released:
Dec 18, 2012
ISBN:
9781469204239
Format:
Audiobook


About the author

Robin Maxwell is the acclaimed author of The Wild Irish, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, The Queen's Bastard, and Virgin: Prelude to the Throne. She lives in Pioneertown, California.

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  • (5/5)
    Very interesting
    Well read
    I enjoyed the book Dry much
  • (3/5)
    Light, engaging, and well-paced. The author outright says that she is attempting to present Anne in a sympathetic light in reaction to the near universal condemnation Anne typically finds. It is a take I enjoyed, even if Anne thus comes off a little "too good to be true." I think the truth lies somewhere in between. Maxwell does give good foundation to Anne's reformationist leanings via her upbringing in the French court, and it is a good story/theory about how Anne became so independent-minded.
  • (4/5)
    A new take on the same tired old story: Anne Boleyn during her formative years, showing all the things that made her into the extraordinary woman she would become. I quite enjoyed this perspective, which was not one I had read before. I didn't really like Maxwell's previous Boleyn novel, but in this one I think she learned much from her previous mistakes, though she still overuses italics.Although the story was at times a little implausible -- I find it hard to believe that a little girl could attract that kind of attention from so many important people including Leonardo Da Vinci -- I think it's a good illustration of the forces at work in Anne's life, especially the way women were treated. I would recommend it to anyone who is already well-versed in the story of her later life.
  • (4/5)
    This book is a historical fiction novel which focuses on the infamous Anne Boleyn. Robin Maxwell takes a different approach, focuses on Anne Boleyn's life in France before she moved back to England to later become Henry VIII's Queen. The book in fact ends with Anne Boleyn meeting Henry VIII. This book shows in the beginning a young Anne Boleyn learning the ways of court as well as the ways of men and women. It shows a nicer, kinder, less manipulative side to the future Queen. The book is interesting and it is a quick read. It does have a few "love scenes" in it which are a little graphic for a historical fiction novel. I would not recommend this book for young readers but it's a great novel for young adults and adults alike.
  • (3/5)
    Very disappointing. Told in first person, the novel follows the years that Anne Boleyn is in France at the court of Francois (Francis I) and Queen Claude. Anne seems a tad "too good to be true" - so intelligent, so righteous, etc. Her sister Mary is portrayed as a flirt and a whore. Having never read anything about the French court at that time, I found some of that information interesting.
  • (5/5)
    Intriguing, well paced, historical novel about the early life of Anne Boleyn in the French court. It traces the history of Anne and her sister Mary who are sent by their ambitious and calculating father across the English Channel…What happens to them, their interactions with other historical figures, Anne’s first glimpse of the political and social implications of sex and her education about court life and intrigues provides the basis for her later life in the court of Henry VIII. Well researched and fascinating – a must for English history and Tudor fans.