This book is written in the point of view of Anne of Cleves (Henry's 4th wife), Katherine Howard (Henry's 5th wife), and Jane Boleyn (George Boleyn's horrible crazy wife). So when we open this book the king is mourning over the death of his beloved wife Jane Seymour. He needs to find a new wife and Queen of England so he sends out his royal match makers to find him the perfect spouse. He settles on Anne of Cleves, and when he meets her (and marries her) he realizes that this woman will just not do (surprise surprise) and he divorces her. During this quick marriage he is occupying his time with a young somewhat slutty immature girl named Katherine Howard, cousin to the King's infamous wife Anne (and you know with that combo, this can't end well). In the end there are accusations, treason, and heads rolling once again.
Like I said before, I really enjoyed this book. I didn't want to go into too much detail about the plot because it would sound like a history lesson, but don't let that turn you off from reading this book. Because out of all the families in history the Tudor's story most resembles a steamy soap opera. King Henry and his wives invented the word drama I am sure.
Book vs. Movie: I don't know if I would watch a movie just based off this book. And I don't think that a 2 hour movie could quite catch a glimpse of the entire reign of King Henry VIII; but, the Showtime series The Tudors is doing a VERY VERY good job. And if you don't want to watch the show for the history then at least watch it for Jonathan Rhys Meyers... Yum...
The Boleyn Inheritance
by Philippa Gregory
If you liked this book read: The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa Gregory