Anne Boleyn : A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir @AlisonWeirBooks @headlinepg


Author : Alison Weir
Title : Anne Boleyn : A King’s Obsession
Series : The Six Tudor Queens #2
Pages : 507
Publisher : Headline
Publication date : May 18, 2017


The young woman who changed the course of history.

Fresh from the palaces of Burgundy and France, Anne draws attention at the English court, embracing the play of courtly love.

But when the King commands, nothing is ever a game.

Anne has a spirit worthy of a crown – and the crown is what she seeks. At any price.

ANNE BOLEYN. The second of Henry’s Queens. Her story.
History tells us why she died. This powerful novel shows her as she lived.


For most people, Anne Boleyn probably doesn’t need much of an introduction. No matter how you feel about her, she was a pretty influential figure in Tudor history. Having read quite a bit about her, I at first found Alison Weir’s version of her to be rather conflicting to all the other information stored in my pea-sized brain and I struggled for a while.

Most things you read about Anne Boleyn depict her as a manipulative, conniving so-and-so who’s determined to ruin a marriage and become Queen. But Alison Weir has taken a different approach and has made a valiant attempt to cast a more sympathetic light on Anne Boleyn and despite my early misgivings, she completely managed to convince me.

As always, it’s incredibly obvious Alison Weir has done her research, which is evident from the author’s notes that are also truly interesting to read. Based on that research, could it possibly be that it wasn’t Anne who set her eyes on the King but the other way around? And when a King chases you and you realise what you could achieve if you were a queen, what would you do? Was Anne a pawn? Was she an evil, ambitious woman or was she simply misunderstood? You’ll have to read this story and make up your own mind.

I found Anne Boleyn : A King’s Obsession to be thoroughly thought-provoking and as I’ve mentioned, my opinion of her has changed. Alison Weir deftly guides us through Anne Boleyn’s life, from the very first time she leaves home until her untimely death. She made her mark but paid the price for it due to a fickle man who stopped at nothing to get his way. The Tudor era will never stop fascinating me and I can’t wait to read the next book in The Six Tudor Queens series which will be all about wife number three, Jane Seymour.

Anne Boleyn : A King’s Obsession is available now!

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  21 comments for “Anne Boleyn : A King’s Obsession by Alison Weir @AlisonWeirBooks @headlinepg

  1. Karen
    October 30, 2017 at 12:03 pm

    At 507 pages that looks quite a tome but like you, I’ve always been fascinated by the Tudors and the Henry VIII years in particular. I think it was Jean Plaidy that started my interest way back in the day.

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    • October 30, 2017 at 12:53 pm

      I’ve not heard of her. I started with Philippa Gregory but at some point just felt Alison Weir was the better writer. Henry VIII’s era for me too, although I would at some point like to read more about what happened before and after. That’s the plan anyway 😄

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  2. October 30, 2017 at 12:30 pm

    Great review, as you know I do love a bit of Tudor history! Been lucky enough to meet Alison a few times and have most of my book signed by her – I’ve been really enjoying the books in this series

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    • October 30, 2017 at 12:54 pm

      It’s a really great series! I look forward to the others because I do know a little something about them but not as much as Katherine or Anne.


  3. October 30, 2017 at 12:46 pm

    I’m quite a fan of Anne Boleyn but struggle with fictionalised versions of any of the Tudor queens because I am a history buff and have read too many non-fiction books. I love Weirs non-fiction writing though so can imagine how good it is here.

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    • October 30, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      For me, she’s the best one out there where this part of history is concerned. And I like how she explains in her notes why she came to certain conclusions which is always helpful.

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  4. October 30, 2017 at 1:12 pm

    Great review! I’ve never read anything by this author but I’m intrigued!

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  5. October 30, 2017 at 1:53 pm

    I really enjoy reading about Anne Boleyn so I am definitely intrigued by this book! I would love to learn more about her! Thanks for sharing!

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    • November 1, 2017 at 11:40 am

      You’re very welcome! I do so hope you enjoy it when you get around to reading it! 🙂

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  6. October 30, 2017 at 2:08 pm

    I enjoyed this as well although I did find it a bit slow in the middle during the whole issue with the divorce (although I bet Anne felt the same). I thought the end was extremely well written and very moving.

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    • November 1, 2017 at 11:41 am

      That’s a fair point. That whole part was way more interesting from Katherine’s point of view in the previous book. I do always tend to forget that whole episode took seven years.

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  7. October 30, 2017 at 2:17 pm

    I’m not into historical, but I love reading you! x

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  8. October 30, 2017 at 7:42 pm

    Guess what?! I bought the first book in this series and it arrived over the weekend! Ever since reading your review for the first book I’ve been totally intrigued and have been itchen to start this series.

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  9. October 30, 2017 at 8:17 pm

    Fantastic review! I loved reading your thoughts about the book. The Tudor era intrigues me to no end, and I love reading about it. I still haven’t read the first book, but I need to… and I’m excited for book three!

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    • October 31, 2017 at 10:09 am

      Always thrilled to find another Tudor “fan”! Quite amazing that after all this time, that era can still provide such fabulous stories.

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  10. April 21, 2020 at 4:13 pm

    I really must hurry up and get to these! another great review 🙂


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