The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII

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Cambridge University Press, Jul 26, 1991 - History - 338 pages
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The events which led to the execution of Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second queen, in 1536 have traditionally been explained by historians in terms of a factional conspiracy masterminded by Henry's minister Thomas Cromwell. Retha Warnicke's fascinating and controversial reinterpretation focuses instead on the sexual intrigues and family politics pervading the court, offering a new explanation of Anne's fall. The picture which emerges - placing Anne's life in the context of social and religious values, and superstitions about witches and the birth of deformed children - changes our perception of her role within the court, and suggests that her execution (occurring only four months after a miscarriage) was the tragic consequence of Henry's profound concern about the continuation of the Tudor dynasty.
 

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Warnicke's book is interesting and worth reading, but Eric Ives' Anne Boleyn takes a very different slant on things, and I would read both, especially since Warnicke says that her purpose is not to ... Read full review

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Thanks to the events surrounding her courtship with and ultimate marriage to Henry VIII, the tempestuous nature of that union, and the sordid yet mysterious circumstances of her excution, Anne Boleyn ... Read full review

Contents

BOLEYN ORIGINS
6
FAMILY ALLIANCES
29
HENRYS CHALLENGE
48
PAPAL RESPONSE
73
ANNES TURN
100
QUEENS PATRONAGE
131
HAREM POLITICS
163
SEXUAL HERESY
191
ROYAL LEGACY
234
THE LEGACY OF NICHOLAS SANDER
243
THE CHOIRBOOK OF ANNE BOLEYN
248
TWO POEMS OF SIR THOMAS WYATT
252
NOTES
254
INDEX
313
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