The Concubine

All eyes and hair a courtier had said disparagingly of her and certainly the younger daughter of Tom Boleyn lacked the bounteous charms of most ladies of Court Black haired, black eyes, she had a wild sprite quality that was to prove effective, dangerous than conventional feminine appeal The King first noticed her when she was sixteen and with imperial gr All eyes and hair a courtier had said disparagingly of her and certainly the younger daughter of Tom Boleyn lacked the bounteous charms of most ladies of Court Black haired, black eyes, she had a wild sprite quality that was to prove effective, dangerous than conventional feminine appeal The King first noticed her when she was sixteen and with imperial greed he smashed her youthful love affair with Harry Percy and began the process of royal seduction But this was no ordinary woman, no maid in wairing to be possessed and discarded by a King Against his will, his own common sense, Henry found himself bewitched enthralled by the young girl who was to be known as the Concubine
The Concubine All eyes and hair a courtier had said disparagingly of her and certainly the younger daughter of Tom Boleyn lacked the bounteous charms of most ladies of Court Black haired black eyes she had a wild

  • Title: The Concubine
  • Author: Norah Lofts
  • ISBN: 9780753183304
  • Page: 196
  • Format: Hardcover
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    1. The Concubine, by Norah Lofts, long overdue for reissue, is my own ideal of what a historical novel ought to be. As someone with a passionate interest in Tudor history in general and the dramatic story of Anne Boleyn in particular, I’ve been gritting my teeth at the plot absurdities of Philippa Gregory’s inexplicably best-selling The Other Boleyn Girl. (Basic fact: Mary Boleyn was the experienced ‘bad girl’ elder sister, NOT the innocent younger one — this has always been known !). Now [...]

    2. 4 stars - It was great. I loved it. The most intriguing novel I have ever read about Anne Boleyn. The author had a wonderful way of getting you inside the heads of multiple players/characters, presenting as thorough and accurate of a story as one could look to find in historical fiction. Kudos to the publisher for renewing the publication, as otherwise I would have most likely never found or heard of it.-------------------------------------------Favorite Quote: He was a young man again, in love [...]

    3. I thought this was an excellent alternative and realistic portrayal of Anne. I enjoyed how Lofts added some first source materials and book excerpts to the beginning of the chapters. No one really will ever know what Anne could have possibly been thinking but the ideas presented make sense and are interesting to contemplate. Could Anne really just have been a victim of circumstance and not the master manipulator?

    4. I had forgotten how good a writer Norah lofts is. This book is an interesting take on the life of Anne Boleyn which is kinder to her than others I have read, and is very believable. It takes a different view on her celibacy before marriage. It is a very sad story of someone who waits a long time for something that ends up as sawdust in their mouth (and that could refer to Jenry as well as Anne), but Henry comes across as a selfish child.This is a book crossing book that is currently available if [...]

    5. Update: I increased my rating by one star because after thinking about it, two stars seemed a little harsh (especially since I've given two stars to books I never finished). It wasn't really a bad book by any means - I just didn't enjoy the second half.The first half of this book I would give four stars, but I really didn't care for the second half at all (it would probably get the two stars I originally rated this book). The book jumps around different people's points of view, which I liked (at [...]

    6. 3.5 stars This is a fictional account of Anne Boleyn from the time she came back to England from France (where she grew up) and met Henry VIII to just after she was beheaded. It was good. It (probably no surprise) picked up in the last 1/3 of the book once Henry turned his attention to Jane Seymour and was looking for a way to get rid of Anne. Anne's not my favourite of Henry's wives, but I do feel badly for how it all ended for her. I wonder, though, if I'm getting tired of reading about the Tu [...]

    7. I enjoyed a lot of this book; the bits I didn't care for came mostly in the second half, though the last few pages made up for it. It's not my favorite Norah Lofts so far, but I definitely preferred it over the Jean Plaidy I just read (The Lady in the Tower), and it made great warm-n-comfy autumn reading. It's also kind of funny to note that it's been ages since I read an omniscient narrator. They're not really in style these days, are they?first read: October 2010re-read: March 2015

    8. The best historical fiction novel about Anne Boleyn that I've read. Ms. Lofts also wrote a biography, "Anne Boleyn," and she is able to weave factual information with fiction in a very readable way.

    9. The book is very well done, despite the fact it has a slightly dated feel to it – the kind of stale whiff you get from historical fiction written in the early to mid twentieth century. Still, Lofts did her research, showing off the Tudor court and characters with the precession and brilliance of a master jeweler. However, she did so much research that she likes to show it off by quoting either a primary or secondary source at the beginning of each chapter. Yes, it’s good to know she followed [...]

    10. Less salacious than The Other Boleyn Girl, The Concubine also presents a fictionalized account of Anne Boleyn's rise to and fall from power. However, unlike TOBG, The Concubine focuses strictly on Anne; Mary Boleyn is a secondary (at best) character in the story.There are several other differences between the two books as well. The Concubine, which nickname was given to Anne Boleyn by the Spanish Ambassador (a friend to Catharine of Aragon), is far more sympathetic to Anne; though still scheming [...]

    11. "The Concubine", published in 1963, is one of the first novels about Anne Boleyn that I ever read and, with the anniversary of her execution looming, I decided to read it again. The story starts in the early 1520s with Anne heartbroken over the end of her secret betrothal to Henry Percy. Emma Arnett, a fictional character who is an ardent reformist, is assigned to be a maid to Anne and, once her mistress has caught the fancy of the king, she is determined to see them wed in order to advance 'the [...]

    12. Another book about Anne Boleynwritten in 1965. Very interesting to read a less than contemporary view of Henry & Anne. Henry is much more complicit in the ultimate downfall of Anne than the more modern versions. And unlike contemporary novels, Ms. Lofts gives voice to Henry and Anne. She just creates their time together and makes it a much more fun read, and of course makes it further from the truthbut Ms. Lofts has a nice writing style, easy to read, good to while away the time. I'd recomme [...]

    13. So very good! I enjoyed that very much and now I am sad that I am done. I loved the portrayal of Anne Boleyn and the character Emma Arnett, Anne's maidservant. This is my first Norah Lofts book and it was a treat; all of the characters felt so real, not perfect, not 100% bad, but mixed as all of us humans are. By the end of the book I was so disgusted at Henry and Anne's dad, Thomas Boleyn and I ended up feeling sorry for poor Wolsey. It seemed all who loved Henry suffered. I look forward to rea [...]

    14. I finished the Concubine last night and I have to say I was a bit disappointed, but perhaps unfairly so. When I first bought this book, I thought it would tell Anne's story from her perspective. Instead, it was more of a retelling of Henry and his "issues" regarding Catherine, himself, Jane, etc. The parts I truly enjoyed were when Anne made an appearance which wasn't as much as I would have liked. I think another reason I didn't enjoy this one as much is because it's like the 5th book I've read [...]

    15. The Concubine is definitely on my top 10 Tudor fiction list. I found Lofts' way of presenting such a well known historic tale refreshing and extremely interesting. The writing style delves into the minds of several characters and all of them are done very well. I can't recommend this book enough, a definite one to add to your reading list.

    16. This is a brilliantly written look at the life of Anne Boleyn. Lofts is a preeminent historical novelist with beautiful description, fearless characterizations and astute psychological insights.

    17. Very enjoyable and well researched. After all the books on Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn that I've read, this one made me think about it in a new way, with new insight. Highly recommended!!

    18. I really enjoyed this telling of Anne Boylen and her tragic relationship with King Henry. She is usually portrayed as scheming and ambitious, but in this novel she came across as more realistic and sensible as she tried to protect her name and her reputation, which actually makes perfect sense. Her sister was referred to as "the great prostitute" after being his mistress, so it seems pretty reasonable that Anne would not want to follow in her sister's footsteps and become yet another cast off mi [...]

    19. I read this ages ago and thus my rating reflects my memory of how much I liked it at that time. It would likely seem dated now, mostly because of the writing style (omniscient narrators seem to give modern readers a fit now), but you have to remember that was the popular style 50+ years ago. (And, damn it, I miss it.)

    20. Thoroughly enjoyed this novel on Anne Boleyn. The author made me sympathize with her, while making me have contempt for Henry. This is my second Norah Lofts novel. I really enjoyed it and sad to be finished with it. Hope to find some more from Lofts.

    21. I didnt finished this book but I am giving it a 5 star because my reason for nor finishing is I cant take how intense it is

    22. The Concubine was published in 1963. The reader must remember that as they read Lofts’ novel; feminism was in its infancy, and women were still struggling to break free from the 1950’s era gender role ideals and the sexual revolution had yet to occur. Lofts does however successfully portray Anne as a woman, a mother, a wife, a sister; wholly human. She is not the champion of the Reformation nor is she the strong educated and opinionated woman that many now consider her. Perhaps in the end Lo [...]

    23. The first several chapters read more like a history than a novel. They were rather dry, but the book warmed up as the plot did. There was one absolutely devastating moment in this book that reveals much (that is probably true) about Henry. As other reviewers have pointed out, Anne is not the harridan in this book that she is in The Other Boleyn Girl. Unless I'm mistaken, she had more pregnancies and more babies in TOBG as well. Mary Boleyn is, of course, so sympathetic a character is TOBG that i [...]

    24. I've long been fascinated by the impetuous, strong willed, stubborn, intelligent Anne Boleyn. Since the early years of the 1500's, she has remained a historical figure portrayed in many different ways. Was she a scheming, cantankerous shrew who brought about England's break with the Catholic church? Or, was she a misguided victim of Henry VIII who used her and cruelly discarded her, then ordered her death by the French sword, after which her body was hastily packed in an arrow box.The facts bear [...]

    25. The Concubine is a story about Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII. It tells the tale through various characters. A few of them being Anne, Henry, Wolsey and Anne's maid Emma Arnett. It's a frustrating story to me because I've read so many books on Anne Boleyn and I find it distasteful when historical fiction writers over embellish a story. I don't believe that Anne was ever actually called a concubine. I have no doubt that she was called many horrible names but I do not think that history remembers [...]

    26. If I'm in the mood for a bit of historical fiction then Norah Lofts is my go-to author. She always does her research and manages to present her knowledge in a way that never comes across as simply showing off what she's learnt. In addition she always invests her larger-than-life and infamous characters with humanity and pathos, with valiant attempts to explain their motivations. In this particular novel she gives a balanced view of Anne Boleyn - not perfect but a victim of fate and powers beyond [...]

    27. Review - I was disappointed in this novel. I much preferred The King's Pleasure. I felt that this one lacked historical accuracy - Anne's date of birth wasn't as late as 1507, and her mother didn't die when she was young. Perhaps it's just my historical background, but I didn't enjoy it as much because of this. I didn't think that Emma Arnett added as much to the story as she could have. Her role could have been expanded. I also don't think that, for the story of Anne Boleyn, there was enough An [...]

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