Megan Harlan
May 02, 1997 AT 04:00 AM EDT

The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn

type
Book
Current Status
In Season
author
Robin Maxwell
genre
Historical Fiction, Fiction

We gave it a B+

History doesn’t come more fascinating — or lurid — than the wife-felling reign of Henry VIII. Robin Maxwell’s first novel, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn, links the notorious ruler’s coquettish second wife, Anne Boleyn (whom he beheaded for failing to produce a male heir), and her daughter, Queen Elizabeth I, who barely knew her mother, with a fictitious journal. As the novel opens, a sexually frisky young Queen Elizabeth discovers her mother’s ”secret diary,” which details Henry’s ferocious behavior and from which she concludes, ”Never relinquish control to any man.” And Elizabeth — despite countless affairs and numerous marriage proposals, all detailed here B+

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