Anne Boleyn

Anne Boleyn

A New Life of England's Tragic Queen

Book - 2006
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No English queen has enjoyed such notoriety as Anne Boleyn, and none has been so persistently vilified. Even after her execution in May 1536, on trumped-up charges of adultery, her reputation has been pursued beyond the grave, subjected to all manner of accusation. The unsavory account of her life that has come down through history is one shaped by her enemies. Joanna Denny's powerful new biography presents a radically different picture of Anne-a woman who was highly literate, accomplished, and a devout defender of her Protestant faith. Her tragedy was that her looks and vivacious charm attracted the notice of a violent and paranoid king and trapped her in the vicious politics of the Tudor court, where a deadly game was being played between the old nobility and the new, between the old faith and the new. Denny's compelling account of Anne Boleyn plunges the reader into the heart of the intrigue, romance, and danger of the Tudor court and the turbulent times that changed England forever. It will change forever our perception of this much-maligned queen.
Publisher: Cambridge, MA : Da Capo Press, 2006, c2004
Edition: 1st Da Capo Press ed
ISBN: 9780306814747
0306814749
Characteristics: 374 p., [16] p. of plates : ill., geneal. tables ; 24 cm

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crankylibrarian Sep 19, 2011

Denny has familial connections to the Boleyns and her bias is clear and unapologetic. Boleyn was obviously a complicated, brilliant and polarizing figure, but Denny's hagiography ludicrously ignores or minimizes anything remotely unflattering in contemporary accounts.

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KerrAvon
Aug 09, 2011

Well-researched work, showing how Anne was framed by her enemies, how she spoke her mind no matter what (which many didn't like), and how she conducted her final hours with style and grace, even though she was clearly innocent. A joy to read!

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