Title: Mademoiselle Boleyn
Author: Robin Maxwell
Published: October 17th 2007 by NAL
Recommended If You Like: Historical Fiction, Tudor, Romance, France
This book amazing! I seriously did not want to put it down, but I also didn’t want it end. The great part of this book is that it explores a part of Anne Boleyn’s childhood that is not usually talked about. The author does a great job of imagining the French court during Francois I’s reign and I found myself spellbound within this world. As well as creating as magical setting, she also manages to make Anne human and likeable.
This was the first book this year that took me longer than a few days to finish. It’s not something you should read if you’re looking for a quick read. However, that’s not a bad thing. It’s full of wonderful details and since it is based off of true events there is a lot to cover. I enjoyed every moment of reading this book and I think anyone who enjoys historical fiction and the Tudors will love it. Also important to note that one of the main characters is King Francois I, who is a very colorful character but it is nearly impossible to find any novels on him.
The book is about Anne’s time at the French court during her childhood. While I knew she had spent some time in France I didn’t realize how long she was there. She basically grew in France all side her sister Mary, who is also a main character. It delves into Europe’s battle for the Holy Roman Empire as well as daily court life. And Anne and Mary relationships and scandals with the Royal family. The only issue I had with it was the amount of sex mentioned. I don’t mind sex, but a lot of it mentioned here is more on the rape, abusive side. Not all but I’m warning you to not read this if your not comfortable with a lot of sex talk, good or bad. This is the reason a knocked off a star.
Overall, this book is very good ans will have you rooting for Anne and you also learn a lot about her childhood and time spent in France which is usually left out of her story. I also liked how we get to learn about Mary and king of France, up till they are enemies. This was beautifully told and I didn’t want to put it down. Not a quick read, but you will enjoy every moment.
Perfect for those who love Anne and the Tudors but want to read a part of her history that isn’t usually told. Will be reading more from this author in the future and it has got me back in the Tudor frenzy so I’m currently looks for recommendations on other good book about them and the French courts as well. What are your thoughts and do you have any recommendations? If so let me know down in the comments! Don’t forget to like, share, and follow for more posts like this one.