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by Margaret Cam Barnes

Category: Genre Fiction
Subcategory: Fiction
Author: Margaret Cam Barnes
ISBN: 0854566325
ISBN13: 978-0854566327
Language: English
Publisher: Ulverscroft Large Print Books (November 1973)
Pages: 689
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Brief Gaudy Hour book. True to traditional Barnes style, Brief Gaudy Hour suffers from a slow start with large lapses in chronological storytelling. There is a sense of detachment in Barnes’s work both in The story of Anne Boleyn as n to Henry VIII is well-known. However, lesser known (quite near nonexistent), is any evidence of her personal stance on the situation and the state of her heart. Margaret Campbell Barnes allures readers with an introspective view of Anne Boleyn in, Brief Gaudy Hour.

Brief Gaudy Hour" will always remain by far my favourite tale of Anne Boleyn. I am perhaps most impressed by the book's restrained ending. Indeed, there are some historical inaccuracies as it was first published in 1949 before the advent of several definitive Boleyn biographies, but the author has an engaging style and a keen eye for rich period detail. Margaret Campbell Barnes does not over extend the story but simply ends it with the exact minute of Anne's death - "And in that moment, mercifully, the French executioner swung his sharp sword and struck. The author's sympathy for Anne and for many of those who surrounded her "verily" shines through.

The enigmatic Anne Boleyn comes to life in this charming, brilliant portrayal by acclaimed British novelist Margaret Campbell Barnes. The infamous love of King Henry VIII and the mother of Queen Elizabeth I, Anne Boleyn undertook a rocky journey from innocent courtier to powerful Queen of England. The beauty and charms of Anne Boleyn bewitched the most powerful man in the world, King Henry VIII, but her resourcefulness and.

Brief Gaudy Hour : A Novel of Anne Boleyn. Margaret Campbell Barnes lived from 1891 to 1962. She was the youngest of ten children born into a happy, loving family in Victorian England. She grew up in the Sussex countryside, and was educated at small private schools in London and Paris. Between World Wars I and II Margaret and Peter brought up two sons, Michael and John. In August 1944, Michael, a lieutenant in the Royal Armoured Corps, was killed in his tank, in the Allied advance from Caen to Falaise in Normandy.

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Margaret Campbell Barnes. Nan! Come in and be fitted for your new dresses to go to Court!. Nan! Come and answer your father’s letter. Nan, child, don’t stand toute égarée in the garden. onette’s sharp French voice shrilled first from one open casement and then from another as she bustled through the Castle rooms stirring up waves of preparation for the launching of her pupil on the chancy sea of life. Simonette, in the Boleyns’ service, was the perfect governess. For her, this day, years of exasperation and devotion were terminated in triumph.

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This is a wonderful work of historical fiction in which the author weaves gossamer threads of fact and fiction around Anne Boleyn, one of the most intriguing and enigmatic women who ever lived. She was a woman who would change the face of England by holding out for a crown that she would wear for a scant three years. Her will to be crowned a Queen would pave the way for the Reformation to take root in England.

About a third of the book is devoted to establishing Anne's relationship to her family, friends, and early admirers. It details her first love affair, that with Henry Percy, the heir to the Earl of Northumberland, said to have been the love of her life, until Cardinal Wolsey, at the behest of King Henry VIII, nipped it in the bud, causing him to incur Anne's lifelong enmity. This portion of the book sets the tone for the rest of the book, grounding the events that were to follow in the context out of which they arose.

When King Henry VIII finally made his intentions clear, Anne had no interest in ending up as the King's discarded mistress, as had Mary, her younger sister. Instead, she led King Henry VIII a merry chase for many years, refusing to become his mistress despite his ardent wooing. He became bewitched by her very being, so irresistible did he find this cultivated and intelligent young woman. Anne, however, always kept her eye on the prize, seemingly oblivious to the pain that she was causing her rival, Katharine of Aragon, Henry's wife and Queen of England.

Henry, who was desperate to secure a male heir for the throne of England, eventually set in motion a series of events that were to have great ramifications for Catholicism in England. It would cause Henry to set aside his wife of twenty years so that he could marry Anne Boleyn and have her crowned Queen of England. It would set the stage for the Reformation in England. It would also bring about the downfall of Cardinal Wolsey, the man for whom Anne had no love and in whose destruction she positively reveled.

Without the cautionary, staying influence of Wolsey, however, Anne would find herself unable to rein in her husband. She would see him begin to turn from a loving husband and genial king into the tyrannical despot he would eventually become. She would find herself powerless against him and without influence but would not realize it until it was too late. When Anne failed to deliver the promised male heir, having only given him the Princess Elizabeth, she found that he wished to rid himself of her by any means necessary. After having been Queen of England for nearly three years, Anne would be convicted of treason of the foulest sort and condemned to die a traitor's death.

This well-written book is one that those who like historical fiction will enjoy. It is rich with period detail, replete with all the pomp and circumstance of the Tudor court. It also paints a well-drawn portrait of one of the most fascinating women in history.
Margaret Campbell Barnes wrote "Brief Gaudy Hour" over a half century ago but the novel remains one of the most popular biographies of the brittle queen. She seems to get inside Anne's skin, portraying her as a lovable woman who was nevertheless flawed with a bad temper, ambition, and a tongue that ran away with her. She humanizes Anne to the point that you are carried along on her inevitable journey to execution with feelings of profound sadness. Making you agonize over a person who has been dead for over 400 years takes good writing.

Barnes does take some liberties with history, as she portrays Anne's sister, Mary as being the younger of the two girls, which most certainly is not true. Mary Tudor, Henry VIII's sister, actually detested Anne and the warm relationship between the princess and Anne are a figment of the author's imagination, but a delightful figment nevertheless.

Henry VIII comes across in the book as a much more attractive personality than he probably was, with his loud and infectious laughter and his childlike love for masquerades. His adoration of Anne is a thing of wonder as he pursued her for six years. And the long romance is beautifully portrayed in the book. When he becomes disillusioned with both Anne and the sheer horror of her miscarriages and the horrible loss of a son and admonishes her "You will get no more sons by me" you do feel a twang of sympathy for him. But author Barnes' heart is with Anne.

One of the most intriguing personalities in the book is Mark Smeaton, who tried to rise above his lowly station, and become one of Anne's intimate group only to be rebuffed by her. He lay at her knee and played the lute and sang but he didn't understand that he could not indulge in courtly love for her because he was not a gentleman. He tried to rise above his station. He spent all his money on expensive clothes (but couldn't ride a horse well). He betrayed Anne in the end.

Anne's nasty uncle Thomas Howard,, Thomas Cromwell, Anne's father Wiltshire, her brother George, her weak and submissive sister Mary, Francis I of France, the enigmatic Jane Rochford, and many other personalities of the era are brought into sharp and brilliant focus for this is a splendid feast of the middle sixteenth century spread out before you in all its glory and its infamy. And Anne shines through it all- perhaps she could be considered the lynch pin of Henry Tudor's court. A must-read for Anne Boleyn and Tudor aficionados!
This book had so much heart. I was moved. I've been reading Anne Boleyn novels for almost 4 years now, and it never really got inside of me. Now that the events are familiar, this book just walked me along with Anne, inside her thoughts and feelings and perspective. Her confession in the tower had me in tears. The tragedy of the situation is appalling, no matter how you feel politically or religiously. This novel is one of the best, and I'm not surprised now that I've realized this author also wrote My Lady of Cleves, which I also very much enjoyed. Margaret Campbell Barnes owns the Tudor court as far as I'm concerned. Brilliant.
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