In celebration of the 24th printing of THE SECRET DIARY OF ANNE BOLEYN, author Robin Maxwell is hosting a giveaway for one copy of her book and a beautiful leather bound journal on Facebook! Click HERE to enter.

With the new printing, not only is there a fabulous new cover but Robin has written a fantastic Author's Note.  It's quite lengthy, but totally worth the read!  Check it out HERE.

About the Book

Original Publication Date: May 28, 1998 
Touchstone Publishing 


In this "energetic" (Kirkus Reviews) re-creation of Anne Boleyn's tragic life -- and death -- Robin Maxwell offers a pitch-perfect version of a bawdy and exuberant time filled with lust, betrayal, love, and murder. When the young Queen Elizabeth I is entrusted with Anne Boleyn's secret diary, she discovers a great deal about the much-maligned mother she never knew. And on learning the truth about her lascivious and despotic father, Henry VIII, she vows never to relinquish control to any man. But this avowal doesn't prevent Elizabeth from pursuing a torrid love affair with her horsemaster, Robin Dudley -- described with near-shocking candor -- as too are Anne's graphic trysts with a very persistent and lustful Henry. Blending a historian's attention to accuracy with a novelist's artful rendering, Maxwell weaves compelling descriptions of court life and devastating portraits of actual people into her naughty, page-turning tale. The result is a masterpiece of historical fiction -- so prophetic of our time that one would think it were ripped from today's headlines. 

 Praise for The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn 

"Long before Philippa Gregory, there was Robin Maxwell, whose novel The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn changed the way readers perceived Henry VIII's second wife. In this dramatic retelling of Anne's life, Maxwell creates an historical fiction classic. But beware: this is truly addictive reading." - Michelle Moran, author of Madame Tussaud "History doesn't come more fascinating - or lurid - than the wife-felling reign of Henry VIII." — Entertainment Weekly 

"A wonderfully juicy historical novel so convincing that it's difficult to believe it is the author's first...Maxwell brings all of bloody Tudor England vividly to life." — Publishers Weekly (starred review) 

"Vivid and immediate, penned in the queen's own words, The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn intertwines Anne's tumultuous rise and fall with the early reign of her daughter, as Elizabeth struggles to assert her power. With a unique gift for bringing the past to life, Robin Maxwell catapults us into the hearts and minds of two women bound by blood and fate in the perilous intrigues of the Tudor court. The result is dazzling, historical fiction at its finest." — C. W. Gortner, author of The Confessions of Catherine de Medici 

About the Author 

Robin Maxwell grew up in Plainfield, New Jersey, graduated from Tufts University School of Occupational Therapy, and practiced in that field for several years before moving to Hollywood to become a parrot tamer, casting director and finally a screenwriter. Working for the major studios and networks she wrote comedy, drama and even feature animation for Disney. Her credits include "Passions", a CBS movie of the week, starring Joanne Woodward.



  1. I've always been fascinated with the story of Anne Boleyn. I've never read Robin Maxwell, but his sounds like quite the book!
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  2. I've read a lot about Anne but this is one that I haven't read yet. I'm looking forward to adding it to my shelves.

  3. I read this book and loved it. I have also read Mademoiselle Boleyn also by Robin Maxwell and really enjoyed it.


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