The Queen of Subtleties

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By Dunn, Suzannah [ [ The Queen of Subtleties: A Novel of Anne Boleyn ] ] Nov-2005[ Paperback ]

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"A lively reminder of the perils of marrying kings and princes, however glam the bride."--Kirkus Reviews

"Dunn's Boleyn is lusty, willful, ambitious and ultimately likable."--Fort Worth Star-Telegram

Dunn s Boleyn is lusty, willful, ambitious and ultimately likable. --Fort Worth Star-Telegram"

A lively reminder of the perils of marrying kings and princes, however glam the bride. --Kirkus Reviews"

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Everyone knows the story of Anne Boleyn. Henry VIII divorced his longstanding, long-suffering, older, Spanish wife for a young, black-eyed English beauty, and, in doing so, severed England from Rome and indeed from the rest of the western world. Then, when Henry had what he wanted, he managed a mere three years of marriage before beheading his wife for alleged adultery with several men, among them his own best friend and her own brother.

This is the context for Suzannah Dunn's wonderful new novel, which is about – and told by – two women: Anne Boleyn, king's mistress and fated queen; and Lucy Cornwallis, the king's confectioner, an employee of the very highest status, who made the centrepiece of each of the feasts to mark the important occasions in Anne's ascent. There's another link between them, though: the lovely Mark Smeaton, wunderkind musician, the innocent on whom, ultimately, Anne's downfall hinged...

Suzannah Dunn has all the equipment needed for literary-commercial success: wit, a mastery of dialogue, brilliant characterization, lack of pretence, and good humour. The Queen of Subtleties adds to that mix a wonderfully balanced, strong story; Dunn has plumped for a fascinating retelling of one of the most often-told, most compelling stories of our islands' history. In doing so, she's turning from contemporary stories to historical fiction. The result is sensational.

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