The Queen’s Promise by Lyn Andrews
Told from 3 perspectives, The Queen’s Promise follows Anne Boleyn, Henry Percy and Will Chatton (Henry’s servant) from when they were children right up to Anne’s beheading. The main focus of this book is on the time before King Henry became infatuated with Anne which doesn’t happen until the last third of the book. Although the synopsis focuses on Anne and Henry Percy’s secret betrothal, their relationship actually forms quite a small part of the story.
This has been on my shelf for a long time, and it’s been a while since I’ve read a Tudor novel so I wasn’t sure whether I’d enjoy this. But I really did! Although told from 3 points of view, I actually liked all three of them equally. It was great to see the different sides of Tudor court and nobility through the servant, the future Earl and the daughter of a low ranking nobleman.
This is loosely based on historical figures and events (although Will is entirely fictional), so I wouldn’t focus too much on how accurate it is. But it’s definitely a fun read, and one to pick up if you’re a fan of this sort of story.