Compelling “what if” novel about the son Anne Boleyn might have had…


What if Anne Boleyn's son had lived?

What if Anne Boleyn’s son had lived?

What if Anne Boleyn had not miscarried of her son and savior in the winter of 1536 and instead had given Henry VIII the son and heir for whom he was so desperate? Laura Andersen has written her first novel  in the Anne Boleyn Trilogy, “The Boleyn King” based on the tantalizing premise that Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn had a son named William who lived to become King of England. She creates an England that will still be familiar to Tudor-era fans, one with religious divisions, pretenders to the throne, the threat of Spanish invasion and territorial ambitions in France.The heart of the novel is not Will Tudor but Minuette Wyatt, born the same hour and day as Will and raised as a ward of Dowager Queen Anne (Boleyn). The novel begins with Minuette joining the court in the household of her good friend, Princess Elizabeth. The two of them, together with Will and his best friend Dominic Courtney, are a tight-knit group; the only people they trust are each other. But the friendships are tested by war, a romantic love triangle, and a plot to overthrow Will and place his Catholic sister Mary Tudor on the throne. This was a surprising gem and a thoroughly enjoyable read. I like my historical novels to be accurate, so I did not expect to like a novel that rewrites history, but it is always so hard to read Anne Boleyn’s story without wishing it had a happier ending.  Andersen has given Anne Boleyn fans the happy ending we desire, with a cast of likeable new characters like Minuette, Will, and Dominic, who blend with well-known historical figures like Elizabeth, Robert Dudley, Mary Tudor and the Norfolk family.

This review was first published by the Historical Novel Society in the Historical Novel Review.

11 comments on “Compelling “what if” novel about the son Anne Boleyn might have had…

  1. […] Updates: Readers might enjoy checking out this review by the Historical Novel Society, as well as this one by Geri, The History Lady. […]

  2. […] Updates: Readers might enjoy checking out this review by the Historical Novel Society, as well as this one by Geri, The History Lady. […]

  3. Just added this to my TBR shelf on goodreads. Twenty-three users actually marked this as science fiction for the “alternate history”. I just got a big laugh out of that.
    THanks for the review.
    Happy reading!

    -indiereadergirl0329
    indiewritergirl0329.wordpress.com

  4. bibliobeth says:

    Hi there, glad you enjoyed this too, I’ve read it recently and was pleasantly surprised! 🙂

  5. Anabel Marsh says:

    Drat! There goes my idea for the historical novel I might (i.e. never) write someday. Will add this to the tbr list.

  6. […] Updates: Readers might enjoy checking out this review by the Historical Novel Society as well as this one by Geri, The History Lady. […]

  7. Sandy says:

    Thanks for the link to my review.

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