The Queen of Subtleties

The Queen of Subtleties

Book - 2004
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Lucy Cornwallis, King Henry VIII's confectioner, sculpts valuable sugar into 'subtleties', the centrepieces for royal celebrations. One day, she has an unusual visitor, someone curious to meet the creator of the famed sculptures: gorgeous Mark Smeaton, singer and musician. During a troubled year at court - the final year of Anne Boleyn's brief reign - Lucy and Mark become close. Anne Boleyn's rise has changed the history of England. Politically astute, intensely ambitious and uncompromising, she had easily caught King Henry's heart. But powerful forces are now gathering to make her pay for her prize - and Lucy Cornwallis is unwittingly in danger of giving them the means to do so...
Publisher: Anstey, Leics. : Thorpe, 2004.
Edition: Large print ed.
ISBN: 9781843956365
1843956365
Branch Call Number: LP FIC DUNN
Characteristics: 358 p. ; 24 cm.

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lorhu
Feb 15, 2017

I loved this book. I've read tons of books about Tudor times. I liked this one because it gave me information about how other people lived not just royalty. Anyway, there's not really anything new about the Tudors, it's all been said many times and it's finite .

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bookaholic007
Oct 07, 2011

A good book, gives you a good idea of Anne's (presumed) personality.
It is written as if Anne is writing a letter to her little Elizabeth about how she got to where she was at the time, right before her trip to...the tower.

The weird part is that every other chpter is written in perspective of the king's confectionere, Lucy Cornwallis. I don't know if she was really real and i don't entirly understand the purpose of her story, maybe a general public opinion of anne and the going on, letting u in on happenings that anne might not kow of or in a perspective different from anne's.
Overall it's been a interesting read.
If u like history, preferablly on Queen Anne then i suggest this book.

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d21221
Apr 26, 2011

For anyone who has read alot of fiction about Anne Bolyn and the Tudor reign this book doesn't add anything new. I expected more from the author and was disappointed in the storyline. A lighter read than some historical fiction but easily forgetable by the time you put it down.

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