2012 Release: At the Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn by Anne Clinard Barnhill

by Anne Clinard Barnhill

Release Date: January 3, 2012


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 novel 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.



  1. The reign of Henry VIII was one of the most treacherous times in history. Anyone brave enough to be at court found themselves living "on the edge." This novel sounds like it is filled with this intrigue. Anything to do with Anne Boleyn is delicious. Thank you for the review!

    Connie Fischer

  2. The Tudors just keep on giving...

  3. It is amazing how many things they can think of to talk about in regards to Henry VIII...

  4. Looks interesting. Considering how much I've read about the Tudors its always nice to see a book that is from another person's point of view...especially when they weren't one of the "major" players in history.


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