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!Epub ♱ The Kiss of the Concubine ⚆ Th JanuaryIt Is Almost Midnight And The Cream Of The English Nobility Hold Their Breath As King Henry VIII Prepares To Face His God As The Royal Physicians Wring Their Hands And Archbishop Cranmer Gallops Through The Frigid Night, Two Dispossessed Princesses Pray For Their Father S Soul And A Boy, Soon To Be King, Snivels Into His Velvet Sleeve Time Slows, And Dread Settles Around The Royal Bed, The Candles Dip And Something Stirs In The Darkness Something, Or Someone, Who Has Come To Tell The King It Is Time To Pay His Dues The Kiss Of The Concubine Is The Story Of Anne Boleyn, Second Of Henry VIII S Queens
The Kiss of the Concubine A Story of Anne Boleyn by Judith ArnoppSource PurchaseRating 4 5 starsAs with all who love the Tudor period of English history, I know Anne Boleyn s story and know that there is likely never going to be any new or earth shattering information that will change her story So, why keep reading her story again and again The answer is very simple, every now and again I run across a re telling of Anne s story that reignites my interest in her, her story and, her legacy Judith Arnopp s The Kiss of the Concubine has done just that for me.The Kiss of the Concubine begins in 1521 when Anne is just a teenager living in her father s home at Hever and her sister Mary is King Henry VIII s mistress Raised to prize and protect her virtue, Anne understands that her sister Mary is ruined and that she Anne will never place herself in such a position To be any man s whore is to be ruined and to have no future to be the King s whore is to be ruined entirely At such a tender age, Anne Boleyn can t even begin to imagine the course her life will take and just how completely ruined she will truly be when all is said and done As we all know, Anne Boleyn not only catches the eye of King Henry VIII but becomes intimately involved in a grand romance that is not consummated until just before Anne is married to the King and sitting beside him as the Queen of England For seven long years, Henry courts Anne openly and fights the Church in Rome to set aside his marriage to Catherine of Aragon thus paving the way for his marriage to Anne To say that the road to the throne was long and arduous doesn t even come close Anne and Henry, in their bid to be together not only piss off the Popethan one, in fact but alter the way the entire country worships These two people, in an effort to be together and satisfy their shared lust if we re being fair break with centuries of tradition in order to legitimize and justify their relationship Setting aside and in some instances killing those who oppose them, Anne and Henry forge ahead in their endeavor and for a very brief moment in time, all is right with the world Anne finally marries the man she has grown to love, Anne s daughter is recognized as the heir to the throne and, England s separation from Rome becomes official and complete Did it never occur to the poor girl that once she had everything she wanted she would still have to fight to hold on to it all Though Arnopp certainly doesn t introduce anything new in her version of Anne s story she does allow Anne to tell her own story The Kiss of Concubine is certainly based on the historical accounts of Anne and her life but is also a fine blend of that history and fiction Arnopp has had to imagine how it is that Anne would have perceived the events in her life and then create a dialogue and interactions to match While many authors have a tendency to portray Anne as a conniving and heartless woman bent only on achieving her own pleasures and goals, Arnopp has taken a different approach entirely Arnopp has given Anne a voice that is strong and capable in many instances yet wholly uncertain and vulnerable in many, many other instances Arnopp gives us an Anne that struggles for most of her life with the uncertainty of her situation, the uncertainty of her King s love and, the uncertainty of the world around her She relies heavily on her brother George, and trusts that the men who have fought for she and Henry s cause will support her to the end Unfortunately, for George, Anne and, many, many others, Anne s trust is sadly misplaced at nearly every level and to her great disbelief she is replaced in Henry s heart, his bed and, beside him As Anne tells us in her own words she believes in Henry to the bitter end Sadly, Anne goes to her death loving a feckless man who betrayed her mind, body and soul The Bottom Line Arnopp has given us a unique perspective on the life of Anne Boleyn and for myself I found the voice given to Anne by Arnopp to be quite fascinating Despite knowing Anne s story and how it all turns out, I found her voice to be most convincing and throughout the read I found myself routing for her and hoping desperately for her success But alas, even Arnopp cannot change the history nor save the head of the doomed Queen Of particular note in this read is the demeanor and character of Henry VIII as seen through Anne s eyes Rather than a strong and confident man, Anne tells us that Henry was a man who constantly wavered in thoughts and opinions just as much as he wavered in his feelings toward his Queens In many ways both Anne and Arnopp remind us that Henry s quest to produce a male heir so consumed him that he treated his wives and Queens as nothingthan toys who, when they lost their luster or could not give Henry what he most desperately wanted, he tossed them aside In all, a fine read with a perspective not often seen in this genre. 3.5 stars The Kiss of the Concubine is a pretty standard, unoriginal view on the story of Anne Boleyn, starting from her return from the French Court and ending with her death There are, however, some points of interest, and a general strenght in the plot and the style which make the book very readable.The novel has an uncommon beginning, which is one of the best characteristic of the book The story starts, surprisingly, the day of Henry VIII s death His most faithful servants are at his death bed, when suddenly the king is hit by a sudden terror They think it is because of the approach of death, but it is not it is because the ghost of Anne Boleyn, his second wife, has appeared to watch him die After this promising prologue, the first half of the book does not present many surprises I was a little disappointed and I found myself bored in several points However, after Anne is crowned queen, the story began to improve considerably The last three parts of the book, Queen , Mother and Traitor , were definitely the ones I enjoyed most.The thing I liked most about the second half of the book was Henry and Anne s relationship At first it seemed to come a little out of nowhere, but then their marriage was amazingly portrayed They have a love hate relationship, with a lot of quarrels but mostly a lot of passion, which is always palpable Their feelings for each other, especially Anne s for Henry, felt very realistic and believable.Another thing I liked was Anne s interest in the Reform, and the focus given to her involvment in political and religious affairs Many books tend to minimize this aspect and show Henry s infatuation for Jane Seymour as the main reason for her fall, while Judith Arnopp gave ahistorically accurate portrayal of her death Similarly, I liked how earlier in the book it was shown that the king s secret matter was initially separated from Henry s desire for Anne.Lastly, the story focuses vastly on Anne s relationship with her siblings, George and Mary While the relationship with her brother is not unusual in books about Anne Boleyn, the relationship with her sister is often neglected, so it was great to see it here The portrayal of Mary is pretty ordinary, but their relationship is realistically complicated yet a close one, not bereft of affection As for Anne herself, I generally liked how she was portrayed, even if, in the first half of the book, I found her to be too naive and not as witty and clever as I would have liked However, her voice was convincing and, just like the plot, she does improve in the second half In the end, this is not a completely fresh and original take on Anne Boleyn, but an accurate and very readable one Recommended. i loved this book i loved the prologue, in which anne is present when henry is dying, and i loved how she tells her story even if obviously i knew everything already the book is very fast paced and i appreciated that very much i m so tired of authors describing every single detail of a day in anne boleyn s life let s get to the action, people i also loved anne s representation she was smart, brilliant, a little careless maybe and very in love with henry i loved that the author didn t make her unnecessarily mean towards people, as some do in their books.i just wish the part in which anne s spirit is sitting beside henry while is dying was longer because it was such a good idea from the author, i wish she talkedwith him or she stayed when he died or whatever i don t even know what i wanted lolwhateveramazing book, i loved it. This well written book took me back to the Tudor court, bringing it to life brilliantly Anne Boleyn, usually portrayed as manipulative and calculating, became a character I wanted to knowabout, one I liked and empathised with I really enjoyed this book and couldn t put it down I m so excited by this book, it s difficult to know where to start The Kiss of the Concubine is written in the first person, present tense two things I normally consider a turn off and yet the author handles the narration so skillfully that it becomes natural voice of the novel The reader is privy to Anne s innermost thoughts and feelings, and in so doing we gain a different insight into her motivation To start with Anne is insecure about her looks and only attracts Henry s attention in a case of mistaken identity from that initial contact it is her intelligence and wit that attract him.The version of Anne created by Ms Arnopp is believable, sympathetic and most importantly totally plausible We discover a woman who knows her own mind but is no harpie, a woman in love who desires a family of her own, who is pressured into producing princes I loved the interpretation of Anne as being in love with Henry but also afraid of losing his love Their famous spats and quarrels are wonderfully written, on Anne s part motivated by crippling jealousy that the man she loves has strayed But Anne is no blind fool, she can reconcile the dissolution of the monasteries because of the corruption within them, and when Henry siphons the wealth into his own coffers his lack of humanitarianism triggers the fateful series of events leading to Anne s eventual downfall I am no history scholar, so I can t comment on the factual veracity within The Kiss of the Concubine, but I can heartily recommend the book as a thought provoking and wonderfully engrossing read. Great view of what might be the real Anne Boleyn The only one I have found about her that doesn t make her look like a villian, and sees her as the real person she might have been This story is wonderfully written Overall very good I saw Anne in a completely different light and at the end I cried for her. Hey, George Boleyn says at one point, don t shoot the emissary Only if you absolutely, positively have to read every novel ever written about Anne Boleyn.Oh And the sex scenes Yowsah. Pretty good book, though Anne wasn t my favorite Queen I always thought she was just mean to Mary.