The Anne Boleyn Papers, Paperback
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Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, caused comment wherever she went.

Through the chronicles, letters and dispatches written by both Anne and her contemporaries, it is possible to see her life and thoughts as she struggled to become queen of England, ultimately ending her life on the scaffold.

Only through the original sources is it truly possible to evaluate the real Anne. George Wyatt's Life of Queen Anne provided the first detailed account of the queen, based on the testimony of those that knew her.

The poems of Anne's supposed lover, Thomas Wyatt, as well as accounts such as Cavendish's Life of Wolsey also give details of her life, as do the hostile dispatches of the Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys and the later works of the slanderous Nicholas Slander and Nicholas Harpsfield.

Henry VIII's love letters and many of Anne's own letters survive, providing an insight into the love affair that changed England forever.

The reports on Anne's conduct in the Tower of London show the queen's shock and despair when she realised that she was to die. Collected together for the first time, these and other sources make it possible to view the real Anne Boleyn through her own words and those of her contemporaries.




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There are any number of books about Anne Boleyn, serious history, [popular history, and fiction, but this is the real thing --a generous selction of original documents by and about her, including her own letters, Henry VIII's letters to her, reports of her trial and execution, and writings by many contemporaries about her, The editor says se trie not to include material recently available elsewhere, so it is not exhaustive, but it general it is a very good selection. It dos make Anne and those around her vividly alive.

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