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At the Mercy of the Queen

A Novel of Anne Boleyn

Anne Clinard Barnhill

St. Martin's Griffin

A sweeping tale of sexual seduction and intrigue at the court of Henry VIII, At the Mercy of the Queen is a rich and dramatic debut historical about Madge Shelton, cousin and lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn.

At the innocent age of fifteen, Lady Margaret Shelton arrives at the court of Henry VIII and quickly becomes the confidante of her cousin, Queen Anne Boleyn. But she soon finds herself drawn into the perilous web of Anne’s ambition.

Desperate to hold onto the king’s waning affection, Anne schemes to have him take her guileless young cousin as mistress, ensuring her husband’s new paramour will owe her loyalty to the queen. But Margaret has fallen deeply in love with a handsome young courtier. She is faced with a terrible dilemma: give herself to the king and betray the love of her life or refuse to become his mistress and jeopardize the life of the her cousin, Queen Anne.  

“A stunningly engrossing and fast read; historical fiction readers will snatch it up and shout, ‘Thank you!’”—Library Journal (starred review)

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Already the grassy fields surrounding Hever Castle were greening, though Easter was several weeks away. The nearby forests had put out tender buds and the barley fields sprouted fresh green shoots. Though the gray sky still shrouded the land, one could feel a hint of warmth, the first indication that spring would come, after all. This, along with the birth of her favorite bitch’s puppies, made Madge Shelton frisky that morning, able to shake, finally, the feeling of dread she had carried since her arrival in the south of England. Although she could not know it yet, this
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"A fresh take on Henry’s court that even readers exhausted of Tudor historicals will find new and exciting."
--Publishers Weekly
"A fresh take on Henry’s court that even readers exhausted of Tudor historicals will find new and exciting."
--Publishers Weekly

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Fiction Review: At the Mercy of the Queen by Anne Clinard Barnhill. St. Martin's/Griffin, $14.99 trade paper (448p) ISBN 978-0-312-66213-4
Margaret Shelton, cousin of the newly minted queen of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn, is sent to court to serve Anne and add to her family's ever growing influence with the mercurial monarch. Once there, M
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  • Anne Clinard Barnhill

  • Anne Clinard Barnhill has published short stories, poetry, a memoir and hundreds of articles and book reviews over the last twenty years. This is her first novel. Barnhill has taught writing in a variety of venues and been keynote speaker for numerous events. She lives in North Carolina.
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    A Novel of Anne Boleyn

    Anne Clinard Barnhill

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