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At The Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn Now Available for Pre-order

Posted By Claire on June 23, 2011

Anne Clinard Barnhill

Regular Anne Boleyn Files visitor, Anne Clinard Barnhill, has just sent me the synopsis for her new book “At the Mercy of the Queen: A Novel of Anne Boleyn” which is due to be released in January 2012 by St Martins Press. Here is Anne’s synopsis

“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.”

It sounds like it’s going to be a great read and I’m interested to see how Anne will portray Anne Boleyn in this novel.

By the way, Anne won our Anne Boleyn Files anniversary competition with her article “Anne Boleyn – Rockin’ Renaissance” which you can read at She’s a wonderful writer so I’m sure her book is going to be wonderful.


At the Mercy of the Queen is due for release on 3rd January 2012 but can be pre-ordered now from – click here.
Paperback: 448 pages
Publisher: St. Martin’s Griffin (January 3, 2012)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 0312662130
ISBN-13: 978-0312662134

You can find out more about Anne Clinard Barnhill at her website –


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