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At the Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn    by Anne Clinard Barnhill order for
At the Mercy of the Queen
by Anne Clinard Barnhill
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Griffin, 2012 (2012)
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* * *   Reviewed by Wanda Plourde

Lady Margaret Shelton is a young girl of fifteen, innocent, carefree and willing to please. She is summoned to King Henry VIII's court as a lady in waiting to the queen. Madge is Queen Anne's cousin and quickly becomes one of her favorites. As a confidante to Anne Boleyn, she is soon drawn into the many intrigues at court.

Desperate to help the queen regain Henry's affection, Lady Margaret agrees to become the king's mistress. But she has fallen in love with a young courtier, Arthur, and does not want to give her virtue to the king. In order to save her cousin, she must betray her love or watch the queen fall from the king's grace. But Queen Anne might lose her life, and Madge swore an oath to protect her at all costs.

This was a neatly crafted story, taking a fresh perspective on the Tudor age. A beautiful love story is intermixed with all the perils of court life and proximity to royalty.

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