The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn

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Wiley, Aug 23, 2004 - Biography & Autobiography - 458 pages
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Anne Boleyn is the most notorious of England’s queens, but more famous for her death as an adulterer than for her life. Henry’s second wife and mother of Elizabeth I, Anne was the first English queen to be publicly executed. Yet what do we know of the achievements and the legacy of her short reign?


In The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, Eric Ives provides the most detailed and convincing portrait we have of the queen. He reveals a person of intellect with a passion for the new culture of the Renaissance, a woman who made her way in a man’s world by force of education and personality. She played a powerful and independent role in the faction-ridden court of Henry VIII and the unceasing struggle for royal favour that was Tudor politics. The consequences can still be detected today. Indeed, Ives shows that it was precisely because Anne was a powerful figure in her own right that it needed a coup to bring her down. She had to be stopped – even by a lie.

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Extremely well researched. - Goodreads
Only flaw is that the writing is TERRIBLY dry. - Goodreads
A very thoroughly researched book on Anne Boleyn. - Goodreads
Overall a well-researched biography. - Goodreads
Extremely well researched and well written. - Goodreads

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User Review  - Laura - Goodreads

The author definitely presented a well researched portrait of Anne Boleyn. I also thought the book was fairly neutral overall, which is unusual because most authors tend to paint Anne as a scheming ... Read full review

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User Review  - Valerie Christie - Goodreads

This book has been described as 'The Anne Boleyn Bible' and it is the most comprehensive account of Anne's life that I have read. It is more academic than other biographies, so wouldn't be ideal for ... Read full review

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Eric Ives is Emeritus Professor of English History at the University of Birmingham. Ives has written widely on Tudor history, the history of law, and on the development of modern higher education. In 2001 he was awarded an OBE for services to history and the University of Birmingham.

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