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Windsor Castle
William Harrison Ainsworth
Project Gutenberg
The focus of the novel is on the events surrounding Henry VIII's replacing Catherine of Aragon with Anne Boleyn as his lover. During Henry's pursuit of Boleyn, the novel describes other couples, including the Earl of Surrey and Lady Elizabeth Fitzgerald, a match Henry does not support. However, some of the individuals oppose Henry and his desires for Boleyn, including Thomas Wyat who wants her for himself and Cardinal Wolsey, who uses his own daughter, Mabel Lyndwood, to lure Henry away from Boleyn.