The Queen of Subtleties
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The Queen of Subtleties

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Anne Boleyn and Lucy Cornwallis: queen and
confectioner, fatefully linked in a court
rife with intrigue and treachery

She was the dark-eyed English beauty who captivated King Henry VIII, only to die at his behest three years after they were married. She was both manipulator and pawn, a complex, misunderstood mélange of subtlety and fire. Her name was Anne Boleyn.

In The Queen of Subtleties, Suzannah Dunn reimagines the rise and fall of the tragic queen through two alternating voices: that of Anne herself, who is penning a letter to her young daughter on the eve of her execution, and Lucy Cornwallis, the king's confectioner. An employee of the highest status, Lucy is responsible for creating the sculpted sugar centerpieces that adorn each of the feasts marking Anne's ascent in the king's favor. They also share another link of which neither woman is aware: the lovely Mark Smeaton, wunderkind musician--the innocent on whom, ultimately, Anne's downfall hinges.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 136 x 204 x 21mm | 286g
  • New York, NY, United States
  • English
  • Reprint
  • 0060591587
  • 9780060591588
  • 871,144

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"A lively reminder of the perils of marrying kings and princes, however glam the bride."--Kirkus Reviews
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