Date: December 2006

Duration: 6 hours 11 minutes


From “the queen of royal fiction” (USA TODAY) comes this New York Times bestseller featuring three very different women whose fates are each bound by a bloody curse: the legacy of the Boleyn family.

After the death of his third wife, Jane Seymour, King Henry VIII of England decides to take a new wife, but this time, not for love. The Boleyn Inheritance follows three women whose lives are forever changed because of the king’s decision, as they must balance precariously in an already shaky Tudor Court.

Anne of Cleves is to be married to Henry to form a political alliance, though the rocky relationship she has to the king does not bode well for her or for England.

Katherine Howard is the young, beautiful woman who captures Henry’s eye, even though he is set to marry Anne. Her spirit runs free and her passions run hot—though her affections may not be returned upon the King.

Jane Rochford was married to George Boleyn, and it was her testimony that sent her husband and infamous sister-in-law Anne to their deaths. Throughout the country, her name is known for malice, jealousy, and twisted lust.

The Boleyn Inheritance is a novel drawn tight as a lute string about three women whose positions brought them wealth, admirations, and power, as well as deceit, betrayal, and terror.


  • Kristina B

    I love this era. Cannot get enough of the Boleyns and Tudors and kings and queens stories. They keep me coming back for more. Enjoy all I can get of this type.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful.

  • Paperback Reader

    Love the history of the Bolyns, King Henry's wives, etc. Can't get enough.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Anonymous

    Once again Philippa Gregory has written an amazing book. What a interesting sequel to the Boleyn saga and continuing story of the women in Henry VIII's life. It is so amazing how the women of the time were so manipulated by the "power hungry men" of the time. Plus the format of being preformed by three different women was extremely entertaining.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful.

  • Brenda D.

    The book was not as good as I had hoped it would be; it's not in the same league as "The Other Boleyn Girl" or "The White Queen," but the narration was outstanding.

  • Anonymous

    I thought this book as an audio was boring, but it could have been because I had already read it. As an audio it seemed to move so slowly. Again, having read the book, and so many on this subject matter, that could have had something to do with hit.

  • Lilly

    Loved this book! It keeps you on edge and the narrator is sufficient. Too many books have narrators that ruin the story. You feel that you are living in King Henry's time and I don't know about you, but I have sisters!

  • Anonymous

    Interesting story! The different voices associated with the different characters helped immensely to keep you the listener straight on who whas whom! What a difficult time it must have been to be a royal and a wife of the King. Women were used unmercifully as pawns by men. We have come a long way since then!

  • Anonymous

    There are several women in this story to keep straight, but fortunately, each woman has her own voice thanks to different readers speaking with regional accents. I really enjoyed getting an insight into life in Henry XIII's later years, as seen through the eyes of his women.

  • southpaw

    Not a bad story, but I hope readers/listeners realize this is a work of fiction based loosely on fact. It did help me learn more about history - I had to go to the internet to figure out what was true and what was made up!

  • Anonymous

    Good "listen". Interesting storyline that moved well - easy to follow. This version was pretty choppy, would have been much better as an unabridged version.

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