- Tapa dura: 320 páginas
- Editor: AuthorHouse (10 de octubre de 2011)
- Idioma: Inglés
- ISBN-10: 1463445814
- ISBN-13: 978-1463445812
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Had the Queen Lived: An Alternative History of Anne Boleyn (Inglés) Tapa dura – 10 oct 2011
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This fictional what if thriller is the first in a series by author Raven A. Nuckols that examines the life and times of Queen Anne Boleyn, her heirs and explores what might have happened had she not been executed in May 1536. Anne was the second wife of King Henry VIII of England, serving from 1533-1536 until she was beheaded on false charges of treason, adultery, and incest with her brother, as she was accused by Thomas Cromwell, the Lord Privy Seal. Prior to her tragic downfall, Anne was the main catalyst for England's break with the Roman Catholic Church during the Reformation. Henry's intense passion for her, fed by her refusals, ignited a fire that tore the country apart. This book evaluates the history of how different England might have been had factors leading up to her execution not have happened. Would Anne have continued her passion for religious reforms? Would she eventually have made enemies of Cromwell? What would have become of her friends and enemies? Would she have given Henry the longed-for male heir? What would have become of Elizabeth? All of these questions and more are answered!
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While not initially what I was expecting, this was still a very good read. Ms. Nuckols has meticulously researched the time period and CLEARLY knows her stuff. Her alternate history of the reign of Henry VIII was both believable and extremely in-depth. In Ms. Nuckols world, had Anne survived, she would have gone on to bring many positive changes to both the newly formed Church of England as well as completely altering the education system. She would bring education and learning to the common people, teaching them to read and write at least their own names. She would give birth to not only Princess Elizabeth, but also Prince Henry, who would go on to reign after his father.
While Queen Anne does much good for England, she also holds a serious grudge. Many nobles and men close to Henry who try and over-step their boundaries, or try and usurp Anne's power over the King would eventually feel her wrath...usually on the scaffold. Many notable people of the day would be put to death because they got on the wrong side of the Queen. Poor Cromwell...no matter which way his story is told, the actual one or the imagined one, he still loses his head.
Overall, I'm glad I saw this book through. I almost didn't buy it after reading the sample because I thought it would be long and dull (don't get me wrong, there are some parts of this book that are slllllooooow...especially when she really gets to talking about the church), but for the most part, it was enjoyable. Made me wish Henry hadn't let his anger at Anne and lust for Jane Seymour rule his actions so completely. Maybe had he not been so impatient Anne would have in time given him a son, and done great things for England...but then again...maybe not. This book is the closest we'll ever come to knowing what could have happened. I definitely look forward to the next book in the series, Henry IX, about the reign of their son. (I just hope it's edited better than this book. Be warned, the Kindle version has a lot of errors, words placed where they shouldn't be, and sentences that don't make sense. It's almost like it skipped the editor and went straight to the publisher).
The second novel, which is to chronicle (in complete fiction) the rule of Anne's [ficitonal] son with Henry VIII, and I cannot wait.