The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen – Book Review

The Boleyn King by Laura Andersen
Published by Ballantine Books, an imprint of Random House

What if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII the son he craved? She might never have been accused of treason and incest, she, Katherine Howard and Jane Grey might have kept their heads, and neither of Henry’s daughters might have ever become Queen.

It is against this backdrop of a history that never was that Laura Andersen places The Boleyn King. At 17, Henry IX, known to those close to him as William, is itching prove himself to his advisers and his country. Unfortunately, there are many who still dislike William’s mother, not least Protestantism she brought when Henry broke with the church to marry her – the Protestantism that William and England still practice. For many, Mary is still Henry’s rightful heir, and William, Elizabeth, and their two best friends have inadvertently uncovered what may be a plan to put Mary on William’s throne. Will they be able to unravel the plot in time to stop what is coming? 

The Boleyn King is a fun exercise in ‘what ifs.’ I wasn’t really expecting the thriller-esque plotline, but it was fun, engaging. And really, it makes sense: there is less open resentment for William than for the parade of queens that took the English throne after the death of Henry’s historical son, Edward, but the changes in English religious wife brought on by Henry’s marriage to Anne Boleyn leaves its scars on the populace regardless. Recommended.

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