The Most Happy
by Helen R. Davis
Publication Date: July 25, 2017
Genre: Alternative Historical Fiction
Anne Boleyn is known throughout the world as the beheaded wife of King Henry VIII, a woman for whom Henry discarded a Spanish princess and who was later discarded for the woman who gave Henry his longed-for son. Love her or hate her, it cannot be denied her romance with Henry VIII changed the course of English and European, and perhaps World History, forever.
This is a novel that imagines Anne Boleyn giving Henry a son and taking the reins of power as Regent of England when Henry VIII perishes in a jousting accident.
Told in the voice of the infamous Anne Boleyn, we are treated to the 16th century world that has recently become famous through programs such as The Tudors. We meet Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII, and many of the personalities of the mid-16th century albeit in an altered setting.
How would this era and time, a pivotal one in Western Civilization, have changed if one of the movers and shakers of the period, Anne Boleyn, had not been struck down in her prime by the man who once adored her?
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Imagine what England might have been like if Anne Boleyn had birthed a son for King Henry VIII. This story imagines just that, instead of being cast aside after the birth of Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn gives birth to twins, Elizabeth and Edward VI, securing a legitimate male heir for the throne. King Henry VIII still entertains his womanizing ways, but his jousting accident comes before he can push Anne aside and Henry names Anne the Regent until Edward comes of age. It is now up to Anne to weather the tense political climate building between England, France and Spain and to secure the throne for her children until Edward comes of age.
As an avid reader of all things Tudor, I was very excited to see what could be imagined for Anne Boleyn if her life was continued past her short reign as Queen. Some points in history were kept the same throughout this alternative historical fiction tale, but some were obviously changed. It was interesting to see the new roles that Henry VIII's real life next wives took, many now served Queen Anne, some more faithfully than others. I was also fascinated by the insight of Queen Anne as she aged. She was very remorseful of her treatment to Katherine of Aragon and Mary, especially since she was almost placed in the same situation. Queen Anne also explained many times that it was not she who pushed herself onto Henry, but she merely could not say no to the King. I was also intrigued how, at the end everything seemed to turn out the way that history intended. I did wish that the book went into more detail, this was a shorter story, so time moved quickly and many events simply happened and were not experienced through reading. I would have loved to be engrossed in this alternate history for a little longer and have had the characters expanded upon a bit more. Overall, an insightful look into what might have been for Henry VIII's 'Most Happy' Queen.
This book was received for free in return for an honest review.
Helen R. Davis is an American author. Her first novel, Evita: My Argentina was previously published as Evita: My Life and republished with Custom Book Publications in Hong Kong. Her second novel, CLEOPATRA UNCONQUERED, which is the first in a series, imagines a world in which Antony and Cleopatra, rather than Augustus Caesar, are the victors of the Battle of Actium. the sequel, CLEOPATRA VICTORIOUS, will be released soon, followed by the titles CLEOPATRA MAGNIFICA and CLEOPATRA TRIUMPHANT. Her third novel, or at least, her third historical novel/alternate history, THE MOST HAPPY, will be published with Callipe Editorial, based out of Madrid Spain, on July 25th, 2017.
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