The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

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McClelland & Stewart, Dec 28, 2010 - Great Britain - 464 pages
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From one of the world's foremost popular historians, a detailed and intricate portrait of the last days of one of the most influential and important figures in English history.

The imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, was unprecedented in the annals of English history. It was sensational in its day, and has exerted endless fascination over the minds of historians, novelists, dramatists, poets, artists, and filmmakers ever since.

Mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to Anne's arrest and imprisonment in May 1536. Was it Henry VIII who, estranged from Anne, instructed Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell to fabricate evidence to get rid of her so that he could marry Jane Seymour? Or did Cromwell, for reasons of his own, construct a case against Anne and her faction, and then present compelling evidence before the King?

Following the coronation of her daughter Elizabeth I as queen, Anne was venerated as a martyr and heroine. Over the centuries, she has inspired many artistic and cultural works and has remained ever-present in England's, and the world's, popular memory. Alison Weir draws on her unsurpassed expertise in the Tudor Period to chronicle the downfall and dramatic final days of this influential and fascinating woman.


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Many books have been written on the Tudors, not least on Henry VIII's notorious second queen, Anne Boleyn. Weir revisits her subject with a closer focus, writing primarily on the last four months of ... Read full review

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User Review  - JEB5 - LibraryThing

I love Alison Weir's books; she has the ability to turn history into a fascinating story and not just facts. She has a few new ideas and concepts that I hadn't read before about Anne Boleyn. This was yet another treasure to add to all her other books. Read full review

Contents

Occurrences That Presaged Evil
7
The Scandal of Christendom 2 2
22
The Frailty of Human Affairs
45
Plotting the Affair
69
Unlawful Lechery
100
Turning Trust to Treason
120
To the Tower
136
CHAPTERS Stained in Her Reputation
152
Just True and Lawful Impediments
241
For Now I Die
263
When Death Hath Planed His Part
291
The Concubines Little Bastard
314
A Work of Gods Justice
329
Legends 349
348
NOTES AND REFERENCES
373
13
418

The Most Mischievous and Abominable Treasons
174
More Accused than Convicted 2 0 3
203
Fighting Without a Weapon 2 22
222
A READER S GUIDE 4 33
433
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Alison Weir is one of the world's foremost popular historians. Her books include Britain's Royal Families; The Six Wives of Henry VIII; Children of England; Henry VIII: King and Court; Mary, Queen of Scots; Isabella: She-Wolf of France, Queen of England; the novel Innocent Traitor; and most recently, Mistress of the Monarchy, a life of Katherine Swynford.


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