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The Boleyn King

The Boleyn King

  • 2013 Romantic Times Reviewers' Choice Award Winner for Best Historical Fiction!

What if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII the son he so desperately wanted, saving her own life and changing English history forever?

Just seventeen years old, Henry IX, known as William, is a king bound by the restraints of the regency yet anxious to prove himself. With the French threatening battle and the Catholics sowing the seeds of rebellion at home, William trusts only three people: his older sister Elizabeth; his best friend and loyal counselor, Dominic; and Minuette, a young orphan raised as a royal ward by William's mother, Anne Boleyn.

Against an undercurrent of secret documents, conflicting intelligence operations, and private murder, William meets a foreign war and domestic rebellion with equal resolve. But hearts are not so easily commanded. When romantic obsession threatens a new generation of Tudors, who among them will pay the price of a king's desire? And what twists of fate will set Elizabeth on her path to the throne?

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Praise

"High-court intrigue, romantic passions, and danger surround the four central characters of Andersen's gripping first novel . . . geared to rivet period fans and newcomers alike." Starred review
   —Booklist

"Andersen's imaginative debut, the first in a planned trilogy, poses a simple but history-shattering question: What if Anne Boleyn had given Henry VIII a healthy son who had lived? . . . an original and entertaining read that's reminiscent of the best of Philippa Gregory." Starred review
   —Library Journal

"Laura Andersen creates a fresh and vividly realized alternative world . . . With the introduction of Minuette . . .we meet an extraordinary young woman who embodies love and loyalty, and who fights to find the humanity at the heart of the most glamorous—and dangerous—courts in Europe."
   —Susan Elia Macneal, Edgar®-nominated author of Mr. Churchill's Secretary

"Anyone who has even the slightest fascination with the Tudors will want to devour this delectable novel in a single sitting—and not only to see what might have happened to England had Anne Boleyn kept her head."
   —Tasha Alexander, New York Times bestselling author of Death in the Floating City

"This terrific debut brings to life a fascinating page of Tudor history, vividly re-imagined with a crucial twist. The Boleyn King deftly blends compelling characters, flawless social history, and courtly romance into an enthralling tale that's impossible to put down."
   —Stefanie Pintoff, Edgar® Award-winning author of The White Rose


Ballantine Books, trade paperback, May 2013, ISBN: 9780345534095

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