From carefree young woman to disillusioned bride, the dazzling lady who would become mother and grandmother to two of history's most infamous queens, has a fascinating story all of her own . . .
Sixteen, of noble birth and stunningly beautiful, Elizabeth Howard envisions a glorious life for herself as lady-in-waiting to the future queen, Catherine of Aragon. But when she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn, a wealthy commoner, Elizabeth is left to stagnate in the countryside while her detested husband pursues his ambitions. There, she raises golden girl Mary, moody George, and ugly duckling Anne - while staving off boredom with a string of admirers. Until Henry VIII takes the throne . . .
When Thomas finally brings his highborn wife to London, Elizabeth indulges in lavish diversions and dalliances - and catches the lusty king's eye. But those who enjoy Henry's fickle favor must also guard against his wrath. For while her husband's machinations bring Elizabeth and her children to the pinnacle of power, the distance to the scaffold is but a short one - and the Boleyn family's fortune may be turning...
I received ‘The Boleyn Bride’ by Emily Purdy, through the Little Brown Book Group in exchange for my honest review. Although I don’t usually read many history books this book sounded really exciting to me. I really loved the cover. It immediately made me think of ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and Shakespeare. So I started reading with an open mind.
In ‘The Boleyn Bride’ we meet Elizabeth Howard. Elizabeth has big plans for herself. She wants a glorious life as a lady-in-waiting and she wants to become best friends with the future queen. But unfortunately for Elizabeth she is forced to marry Thomas Boleyn. Thomas is a wealthy commoner and all he really seems to want from Elizabeth is the perfect marriage. He wants children and a woman who takes care of the household.
Elizabeth is soon really bored with her life, that is until Henry VIII takes the throne.
What I really liked about this book was the way it was written. Emily Purdy writing style in this book is very easy to read and it makes this book a very nice one to read. Like I said before I haven’t read many historical novels so I really needed to adjust my reading expectations a little. But still I found this book really interesting. The way Elizabeth Howard life went and how she coped with all the remorse and quilt she felt. But also how someone so full of pride and beauty when she was young can change so much.
Although I liked this book and I think it definitely is well written and a nice change to reading all the romance and fantasy books this book was not one I would read again. It’s greatly written and I loved the historical lesson but it’s just not for me. I felt a little said at the end of book because of how cruel woman were treated back in the day. Forced marriage, only good for the household and baring children. I would have been a banned woman if I lived in that time.
Praise for Emily Purdy:
'[Purdy] succeeds in rendering Elizabeth both unforgettable and undeniably real.'
Historical Novel Society
'It has been some time since I've been so captivated by a Tudor based historical novel. I have to admit to being somewhat burned out by the over saturation of the Tudors . . . however, The Boleyn Bride has renewed my interest. I highly recommend it.'
The True Book Addict
'Classic story of a woman scorned, who is after revenge of the most bloody kind.'
'A rollercoaster tale which gives a new and fascinating perspective on three young women who became hostages to fortune in a perilous and turbulent age.'
Lancashire Evening Post
'Nicely written, and full of lust, greed and intrigue, this is a book sure to earn Emily Purdy many new fans.'
About the Author:
Emily Purdy (Brandy Purdy in the USA) is the author of the historical novel ‘The Confession of Piers Gaveston’, ‘The Tudor Wife’ (‘The Boleyn Wife’ in the USA), and ‘Mary & Elizabeth’ (‘The Tudor Throne’ in the USA).
An ardent book lover since early childhood, she first became interested in history at the age of nine or ten years old when she read a book of ghost stories which contained a chapter about Anne Boleyn haunting the Tower of London. You can visit her website of follow her, and her cat Tabby, via her blog, or on Facebook.
Many thanks to Clara Diaz and Little, Brown Book Group for giving me the opportunity to read this amazing book.