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The Boleyn Inheritance Summary
Philippa Gregory

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The Boleyn Inheritance Summary

Plot Summary

Philippa Gregory's historical fiction novel surrounds the lives of three women, who have, in one way or another, been affected by the Boleyn "inheritance," which is not always positive. Jane Boleyn, Anne, who is the Duchess of Cleves and young Katherine Howard are the three narrators of their individual entries in this story, which weave together and sew up a particular time in history, which is Phlippa Gregory's specialty.

This particular story focuses on the short reign of Anne of Cleves, who travels from Cleves to marry King Henry by an arranged contract. Henry made the decision to marry Anne based on a portrait of her painted by Hans Holbien. Anne was not beautiful, but the area of Cleves, at that time, was an important link that King Henry felt he needed to secure in order to protect England from neighboring European countries. Shortly after Anne arrived and...

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