Publication Date: May 19, 2015 MadeGlobal Publishing eBook; ASIN: B00X806742
Genre: Historical Fiction
Praise for Phoenix Rising"Compelling, captivating and moving." Claire Ridgway, The Anne Boleyn Files "Thought provoking, esoteric and heart wrenching." - R.J.Askew, blogger, reviewer, author and journalist
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First of all, let me begin by saying I love the cover!!! Anne Boleyn and Jane Seymour together....two Queens of Henry.
Now, on to the book. Amazing doesn't begin to describe this well written story. Much has been written about Anne, about her life, about her death but never from the viewpoint of everyone in her circle, and never occurring in the last hour of her life. Yes, I said the last hour!. This book delves into the feelings, ideas and views of the individuals, both friend and foe, who surrounded Anne Boleyn during her life. Each chapter is a viewpoint of a different individual discussing their emotions during the time leading up to Anne's execution. We hear from Henry, Anne herself, Jane Seymour, Thomas Cromwell, Elizabeth Boleyn (mom), Cranmer (Archbishop of Canterbury), and incredibly, the executioner (swordsman) sent from Calais to execute Anne. We read the great reverence Henry placed in the astrologer and her 'charts'. Some of the characters loved Anne (very few), most were not her loyal supporters. I loved the manner in which the author portrayed Jane Seymour. Not the sweetest individual.
The author was somewhat sympathetic towards Anne. The only way to describe Anne is regal. She behaved like a Queen.
To say I loved this book is an understatement. A well written book about individuals that fascinate me and many others. If you have any interest whatsoever in Tudor history, read this book. You will not be disappointed