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When the King came riding in on his big, black horse, a murmer went up, because his tunic was stitched with the words, DECLARE I DARE NOT. All the ladies were giggling behind their hands, and I asked Mama what it meant. Her face had turned quite pink and she said, ..Never mind.., so I asked Rosanna later. She told me the words meant the King has a new love, but he dares noWhen the King came riding in on his big, black horse, a murmer went up, because his tunic was stitched with the words, DECLARE I DARE NOT. All the ladies were giggling behind their hands, and I asked Mama what it meant. Her face had turned quite pink and she said, ..Never mind.., so I asked Rosanna later. She told me the words meant the King has a new love, but he dares not say her name.But everyone knows her name, of course. It is Anne Boleyn....

Title : Anne Boleyn and Me: The Diary of Elinor Valjean, London, 1525-1536
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ISBN : 9780439978675
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Number of Pages : 256 Pages
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Anne Boleyn and Me: The Diary of Elinor Valjean, London, 1525-1536 Reviews

  • SyaSya Syed Nasir
    2019-03-08 11:24

    As much as I enjoyed the story, I am also feel sad and devastated with the flow of the plot. I don't know what to explain about my feelings right now. I still feel sad.

  • Rebecca
    2019-02-27 13:03

    You're sure to love this book. Elinor Valjean is a young lady-in-waiting to Catherine of Aragon and later on in the book, Anne Boleyn. It is an extremely accurate read, with all the dates correct and the names. Not only is it about the queens, but you also see Elinor falling in love, marrying a handsome man and having two children, Maria and Michael. Also you can read Elinor's mother's diary earlier on in the series which is good. Highly good for a wet Sunday afternoon. Loved it

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-19 12:11

    This book is one in the My Story series. The books in this series are fictional diaries of young girls living during different periods of British, Scottish, and Irish history. Elinor Valjean begins her diary in 1525, when she is eleven. As the daughter of a lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of England, she has grown up at court. Over the next few years, Elinor describes her daily life living among royalty, and how she eventually becomes a lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn. Elinor and her family sympathize with Queen Catherine because of their ties to her. But Anne Boleyn is determined to be queen, and King Henry VIII is determined to divorce Catherine, because she has failed to provide him with a son and is now too old to have any more children. But as Elinor's life becomes happy, as she grows up, falls in love, marries, and has children, Anne's only becomes worse, as she ends up disappointing Henry by failing to provide a living son. This is my favorite book from the My Story series, and I highly recommend it to readers who are interested in the Tudor era or who enjoy historical fiction in diary form. I loved the setting, the historical detail was fascination, and Elinor was a likeable narrator.

  • Susan
    2019-02-26 09:02

    I really enjoyed this book. Having worked with children in various capacities for many years I find reading young people books a great was to engage with them. These days I think there is a greater crossover between books written for young people and adults (Rowling and Pullman are further examples of this)This book leads on from 'My Tudor Queen' which is the diary of Elinor's mother Eva and Queen Katherine of Aragon. Although of course there wasn't the depth that you would find in a Philippa Gregory novel (which is of course written for the adult market) you do get a sense of the times and how difficult life was for everyone with such a fickle King on the throne.

  • Alyssa
    2019-03-07 08:26

    The My Story series were the first books that I was really interested in and recently I have gone back to read some of them. I have always had an interest in the Tudor era and Anne Boleyn and Me gives a great new perspective on the history. The characters whose journal format this book is written in is not what you read the story for. The character Elinor has enough of a storyline but the main focus is on the Royal history. I didn't mind though as the pace of the story was really good and kept you interested the whole time. I originally started this book with only a little bit of general knowledge on Anne Boleyn. I was greatly informed by the end though, it was educational but in a light matter. I never really knew what the character of Anne Boleyn was like but after reading this I feel a little more enlightened. Anne is such a puzzling person. Initially I thought she was an evil, manipulative women trying to win the crown. But towards the end when she lost everything I couldn't help but feel sad for her. The sick ways of the Tudors shocked me at every page. I can never imagine a time like that but sadly it makes for interesting reading.

  • Anne
    2019-03-16 13:06

    I really enjoy the 'My Story' series and this is one of my favourites. Narrated by Elinor, a young serving girl in the household of Henry VII, it is a really great read.

  • Renae
    2019-03-09 06:01

    Pretty pedestrian. Not really a huge waste of my time, but about what I'd get watching Anne of the Thousand Days.

  • Lauren Kirwan
    2019-03-08 10:04

    very historic and boring

  • Yoshi
    2019-02-27 09:04

    Main CharactersElinor Valjean,Anne Boleyn,Henry VIII,Catherine of Aragon.This book is the diary of Elinor Valjean a girl who works serving the queen of England. She is married to a blacksmith named Tom and her father used to be the jester for the king but unfortunately he was killed by a disease.It's a normal day in the Royal household. Or is it? Henry VIII wants an heir and he wants it to be a boy. Henry VIII's wife ( Catherine of Aragon ) is going to have a baby and she is hoping it is a boy to please her husband...OH NO! It turns out that the baby is a girl. The king demands another attempt at having a male heir.The attempt fails and does the next and so on until Catherine can have no more babies due to a medical problem.The king needs a new wife if he is going to have a male heir but unfortunately the pope will not allow a divorce between the King and Catherine of Aragon. Henry wants to marry Anne Boleyn ( a young lady working in the royal household ) but still the pope will not allow a divorce between Catherine and Henry. So eventually Henry marries Anne, even though he is married to Catherine.Soon after, Catherine of Aragon dies at the age of fifty which in those days was quite old. Anne is due a baby. The king has got his fingers crossed praying that it will be a boy. Will we finally have a male heir in the royal household.Disastrous news came earlier today. The baby was a girl. The king is terribly angry and Anne is going to have another shot at having a baby. UH OH! This time the baby dies in Anne's tummy and so does the next one until Anne is given one last chance. This last chance died in Anne's tummy.Rumour has it that the king and his most trusted advisers are thinking up a plot against Anne, but not a mere divorce. Rumour has it they are going to execute Anne...Elinor Valjean used to work for Catherine of Aragon until she died and then Elinor started working for Anne Boleyn. Elinor and her family were great friends of Catherine of Aragon who was kind and the people loved her. Elinor's mother hated Anne Boleyn at one point even calling her that woman. I did not enjoy this book as it was all about marriages and similar things that I find boring...

  • Lilly Minasyan
    2019-03-05 13:08

    Getting new perspective of Anne Boleyn and Henry Tudor could be well considered as my hobby. This time their story was told by Elinor Valjean, who was a servant for Anne Boleyn. I quite liked how Elinor was different than other ladies in this book, quite boyish at first, who wanted to be a boy and declared that she wouldn't marry anyone than she fell in love, married and became mother who loved her small family and her life. She wasn't ambitious and wanted a quite life. Unlike Anne Boleyn. Who was (to say the least) ambitious. She was no one, but became the Queen of England.I'd hate to be alive at that time, when your life could be taken away from you because the King wanted something and was arrogant. I wish someone would slap the shit out of Henry and made him think that he is a plain fat human being and he should to calm down. Though both Catherine of Aragon (his first wife) and Anne Boleyn (second wife) were of ambitious nature, which I think he liked. Both women got what they desired the most, they both became The Queen of England. Though for Anne it ended with not having her head on her shoulders (ouch!).This book wasn't as detailed as the books I've read of this matter, but you could grasp the characteristics of both Henry and Anne.I actually would want to know more about Elinor. Her personality was interesting, at least for me.

  • Rebecca
    2019-03-18 06:06

    This book is one in the My Story series. The books in this series are fictional diaries of young girls living during different periods of British, Scottish, and Irish history. Elinor Valjean begins her diary in 1525, when she is eleven. As the daughter of a lady-in-waiting to Queen Catherine of England, she has grown up at court. Over the next few years, Elinor describes her daily life living among royalty, and how she eventually becomes a lady-in-waiting to Anne Boleyn. Elinor and her family sympathize with Queen Catherine because of their ties to her. But Anne Boleyn is determined to be queen, and King Henry VIII is determined to divorce Catherine, because she has failed to provide him with a son and is now too old to have any more children. But as Elinor's life becomes happy, as she grows up, falls in love, marries, and has children, Anne's only becomes worse, as she ends up disappointing Henry by failing to provide a living son. This is my favorite book from the My Story series, and I highly recommend it to readers who are interested in the Tudor era or who enjoy historical fiction in diary form. I loved the setting, the historical detail was fascinating, and Elinor was a likeable narrator.

  • Seonaid
    2019-02-25 05:07

    Written from the point of view of Elinor Valjean, this is a pretty good introduction to the court of Henry VIII and Tudor life.The diary starts when 11 year old Elinor is a lady's maid to Queen Catherine of Aragon, and follows the years of political intrigue and danger as Catherine is put aside for Anne, and Elinor moves to Anne's court. During this period, Elinor herself marries, so the narrative is two-fold, covering both Elinor's private life, and the very public life of the court.Despite covering an infamous period of history, the diary manages to be both age appropriate and historically accurate. Thus the reader becomes aware of Henry's affairs, his illegitimate children, his growing cruelty, and the ever-lengthening list of 'old friends' who were executed. Despite her own excessive ambitions and cruelties, it is always hard not to feel sorry for Anne when she is taken to the tower, partly because she does seem aware of what she has brought on others, and partly because Henry led her to believe that he would commute her sentence.A good introduction to Tudor history for budding enthusiasts.

  • Alex
    2019-03-03 12:14

    This reminded me a lot of the Dear America books I loved as a child. It was a very short, and kind of juvenile, diary format of a fictional girl living in Henry VIII's court as Anne Boleyn rises to being queen. I never really got a feel for our narrator, Elinor, even when she got married and had children. It could have been anyone writing down these events, you just didn't care about the narrator at all. It wasn't terrible, and as a kid I probably would have loved it. But reading it now, it just fell flat.

  • Molly
    2019-02-28 09:18

    This entire series is a wonderful way to learn history or teach it to adolescents. I find today's generations seem to recall more when they learn through other people (pop songs, celebrity gossip, etc.), so what better way to teach history than through someone else's perspective? Yes, "authentic" diaries would be "better", but would the language really hold the modern student's attention? Did the diary writer know what WOULD be important in the context of history? Probably not.

  • Ava
    2019-03-03 06:22

    This was the first of several of My Story books I read when I was young, and I can credit this book in particular as the source of my fascination with the Tudor period! This book is a "diary" of Elinor, a lady-in-waiting for Anne Boleyn, and it follows her from childhood to motherhood. The premise of the My Story diaries is such a wonderful way to get children interested in history, and I couldn't recommend this one enough!

  • Sara
    2019-02-19 08:30

    I loved this book! Even though I used to hate Anne Boleyn and still do I got to learn a bit more about what happened to her. I used to think she deserved what she got but by the end of the book I couldn't help but feel sorry for her! I must admit this was better than Catherine Of Aragon but Catherine is still my favourite by far! I definitely recommend this book if you enjoy reading about English history like I do!

  • Heather
    2019-03-07 10:23

    This is a great story about the infamous Anne Boleyn as told in diary form by her lady-in-waiting, Elinor Valjean. Elinor starts writing in her diary when she is only eleven years old and Anne Boleyn has just caught the eye of King Henry VIII. It ends eleven years later when Anne is beheaded. Simply written, easy to read and with wonderful historical detail, this story gives a great insight into the life of the Tudors. Looking forward to reading more books in this series.

  • Book BloogerReviews
    2019-03-11 11:29

    Anne Boleyn and me by Alison Prince was a really good book set around a lady jester telling the story of Anne's downfall. I liked this book because it actually did focus on Boleyn and not based around too much fiction or rumors that have been passed down through the years. I believe this is a good fast pace read for anyone looking for something in the line of the Tudor family. Trust me it's hard to put it down once you start reading it.

  • Rizlan
    2019-03-13 06:13

    I loved reading this book and I felt as though I was actually In the royal courts with the royal family. I would recommend it to everyone, especially people who are studying the story of Henry VIII in school because there is lots of facts and gives you an idea of what life back in the Tudor times was like.

  • Ellie
    2019-03-19 08:03

    I really enjoyed this book. It is about a girll called Elinor whom is brought at caught (because her mother is lady in waiting to Catherine of Arogan)and soon becomes lady in waiting to Anne Boylen. She also has a friend called Tom. I think (if I remember correctly) that they grow to love eachother.

  • chucklesthescot
    2019-03-18 08:08

    This book is written in the form of a diary of a young girl serving in the court of King Henry VIII. It is set during the time when Henry was seeking a divorce from Katharine of Aragon in order to marry his new love Anne Boleyn.These are not in depth books but are a good introduction to the subjects they cover and it was an enjoyable read.

  • Katy Goodall
    2019-03-11 05:31

    Being a history nerd, I really enjoyed this! I know it is only based on a few factual notes, but it still seemed so realistic that I couldn't put it down. I felt real sympathy for Ellie Valjean and somehow, it felt like you were seeing into the eyes of the palace through the novel (hard to do when these events happened over 500 years ago!)

  • Danielle
    2019-03-03 08:03

    Oh this was such a sweet book to read. Definitely aimed at young readers, most likely school aged children nevertheless, it was a good book to read. The novel was accurate, written simply and had a good storyline to keep the reader entertained. It was written with just enough detail, dialogue and narrator opinion. Brill!

  • Lucy
    2019-03-06 06:02

    When I was eight, my mum bought me a set of ‘My Story’ books. I thoroughly enjoyed reading them then and I’ve just re-read ‘Anne Boleyn and me’ which was one of my favourites. After re-reading it I still found it to be very, very enjoyable. I thoroughly recommend this to any older children interested in history. This book sparked my love of the Tudor period.

  • Story
    2019-03-06 10:04

    At first it was so good, I couldn't put it down. At the time I thought of it as the best My Story books. Then it got kind of gray, dark and forbidding. At the end it was kind of inappropriate and I couldn't believe people would pull others over from another horse or just be so rude. I can't imagine how much King Henry wants to have a son!

  • Canadian Reader
    2019-03-15 09:30

    Prince manages to pack a lot of historical information into this novel in the form of a diary. Elinor, the narrator, a minstrel (and daughter of a court jester) who entertains Anne Boleyn but who dislikes her considerably is rather too modern a girl to be quite believed. Nevertheless, the book does make the details of Henry's court accessible if not quite compelling. Recommended for girls 13+.

  • Ellen
    2019-02-24 05:01

    A beautiful book following Elinor from the age of 11 until she is 22. You go with her as she changes from a lively 11 year old girl living in a happy court, to a mature 22 year old women, who has experienced much, and is aware of the dangers and scheming of a Tudor court.

  • Tasia
    2019-02-21 08:12

    I have to read this book for school. I thought I would hate it so much, but actually it's not that bad.

  • Sally906
    2019-03-10 13:20

    A quick and easy read - not great but a still very informative look at the rise and fall of Anne Boleyn throughout the eyes of a young servant girl

  • Mia Santangelo
    2019-03-19 08:31

    I really, really enjoyed this book! I recommend it to all history lovers.