Book Review – ‘The Concubine’ by Norah Lofts

'The Concubine' by Norah Lofts (1963)
‘The Concubine’ by Norah Lofts (1963)

Genre/s: Historical / Drama / Romance

Setting: London (England)

Characters: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, Lady Bo, Emma Arnett, George Boleyn, Mary Boleyn, Thomas Boleyn, Henry Percy, Cardinal Thomas Wolsey

Storyline: Anne Boleyn falls in love with Henry Percy, heir to the Earldom of Northumberland. The relationship is broken so that Anne can surrender to Henry VIII. He pursues her for seven years and just three years after her marriage he has her executed for adultery.

Point of View: Told from the point of view of both Anne Boleyn and Emma Arnett.

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Spotlight: Anne Boleyn

Name: Anne Boleyn / Anne Bullen.

Title/s: Lady Anne Rochford, Lady Marquess of Pembroke, Queen of England.

Birth / Death: 1501? – 19 May 1536.

Spouse: Henry VIII of England 1592 – 1547.

Children: Elizabeth I of England 1533 – 1603.

Parents: Thomas Boleyn, Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde 1477 – 1539 & Elizabeth Howard 1480 – 1538.

Siblings: Mary Stafford c.1499-1543 / Thomas Boleyn c.1500 / Henry Boleyn c.1502 / George Boleyn, Viscount Rochford c.1504-1536

Noble Connections: Her uncle, Thomas Howard, was the Duke of Norfolk; her cousin, Henry Howard, was the Earl of Surrey; her father was the Earl of Wiltshire and Ormonde; her brother was Viscount Rochford; her sister-in-law, Jane Parker, was the daughter of Baron Morley.

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Book Review – ‘The King’s Pleasure’ by Norah Lofts

'The King's Pleasure' by Norah Lofts (1969).
‘The King’s Pleasure’ by Norah Lofts (1969).

I recently finished reading Norah Lofts’s The King’s Pleasure, about the life of Katherine of Aragon.

It was an interesting read, but I felt that parts of it were not very accurate, or did not portray very well the depth of emotion and the hardship. I also felt that parts of the story were shortened, particularly Katherine’s childhood in Spain, which got only a few pages.

Genre/s: Historical Fiction / Romance / Drama.

Setting: Alcala de Henares (Spain), Ludlow (Wales), London, Kimbolton, Ampthill, Buckden (UK)

Characters: Katherine of Aragon, Henry VIII, Maria de Salinas, Arthur Tudor, Maria de Moreto, Dr de la Sa, Eustace Chapuys, Francisco Felipez, Isabella I of Castile, Ferdinand II of Aragon, Henry VII, Joanna of Castile, Isabella of Castile, Mary I, Anne Boleyn, Elizabeth I, Thomas Cromwell. Continue reading “Book Review – ‘The King’s Pleasure’ by Norah Lofts”

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