Anne Boleyn : A New Life of England's Tragic Queen, Paperback

Anne Boleyn : A New Life of England's Tragic Queen Paperback

3.5 out of 5 (2 ratings)


Adulteress? Sorceress? Immoral Temptress? No English Queen has been so persistently vilified as Anne Boleyn.

Even after her execution in May 1536 - on trumped-up charges of adultery - the portrait that has come down to us is the one drawn by her enemies.

Joanna Denny's compelling new biography of Anne presents a radically different picture of her - a highly literate, accomplished and intellectual woman, and a devout protagonist of the Protestant faith.

It was Anne who played the key role in separating England from the Church of Rome.

Her tragedy was that her looks and vivacious charm attracted the notice of a violent and paranoid King Henry - and trapped her in the vicious politics of the Tudor court.

Joanna Denny's enthralling book plunges the reader into the fascinating, turbulent time that changed England forever.




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An alternative view of Anne Boleyn, as a real woman, not merely the beheaded wife of Henry VIII.

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.I should be fed up with this woman by now. I've been reading about her ever since I was 12 years old and I still can't resist anything that has her name on it. Surely one of the most fascinating women in English history, there always seems to be just a little bit more I want to know about her. But has it all been said by now? Well, on the whole, I pretty much feel it has. As I've said before in other reviews, unless somebody suddenly discovers letters or other documents telling us something we didn't already know, the rest can really only be speculation. Still, I enjoyed this book by Joanna Denny. Although she fails to produce any really new evidence, she does have some interesting insights into the evidence we already have. She certainly makes a compelling case for Anne's innocence (though I must admit I find it very hard to understand how anyone who has taken more than a passing interest in Anne can still give any credence to the accusations that led to her death). Denny also confirms my own view that one of the main points in support of Anne's innocence was simply that, in order to do the things she was accused of, she would have had to be a very stupid woman, and that is the one thing she most certainly was not. A worthwhile addition to anyone's Anne Boleyn collection.

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