The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn
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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LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - briandrewz - LibraryThing
This is an exhaustive account of Anne Boleyn's last days. Alison Weir takes us on an extraordinarily detailed journey through Anne's final weeks. This book isn't about Anne's whole life, just the end ... Read full review
LibraryThing ReviewUser Review - wealhtheowwylfing - LibraryThing
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
Occurrences That Presaged Evil
The Scandal of Christendom 2 2
The Frailty of Human Affairs
Plotting the Affair
Turning Trust to Treason
To the Tower
CHAPTERS Stained in Her Reputation
Just True and Lawful Impediments
For Now I Die
When Death Hath Planed His Part
The Concubines Little Bastard
A Work of Gods Justice
NOTES AND REFERENCES
The Most Mischievous and Abominable Treasons
More Accused than Convicted 2 0 3
Fighting Without a Weapon 2 22
A READER S GUIDE 4 33