There is no denying Anne Boleyn holds a celebrity status amongst the historical-set on social media. A book bearing her name will always receive attention from her legion of loyal fans. Sometimes it feels like the market for Anne Boleyn is at peak saturation – I’m not having a go, I once got my Dad to teach me how to woodwork so I could make a foot tall ‘B’ plaque for my bedroom wall. Personally, I feel I got to a point where I needed to draw a line under reading another book on Anne Boleyn. Many of us know the story and ultimately all we end up doing is reading it from another perspective…and surely, we are running out of perspectives by now?
However, inspired by Samuel Johnson who said, “When a man is tired of London, he is tired of life” I endeavoured to give Anne Boleyn’s story one last go. But don’t get me wrong, it was also a calculated risk. Anne Boleyn, A King’s Obsession is the second novel in a series of six titled Six Tudor Queens by historian royalty Alison Weir – and she has not failed me yet.
Obviously, there are only so many ways one can interpret Anne and Henry’s love affair; she loved him more, he loved her more, they loved each other in equal measure. Personally, I’ve never bought the latter, it never sat right with me. The stories of a mutual love were too romanticised and idyllic for something of such monumental consequence. However, Weir’s perspective on their affair is the one which I genuinely find the most plausible. Because yes, as Anne Boleyn or Tudor fans we want a great story, but we are also searching for the truth. And the ‘truth’ which Weir presents in this novel is very conceivable, and for that I enjoyed it immensely.
This series will appeal to both die-hard Anne fans and will make for a great entry point for new readers of the Henry and his six wives sage.
If you have already read the first book in the series i’d love to know what you thought?