The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn

The Early Loves of Anne Boleyn

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By (author) Josephine Wilkinson

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 288 pages
  • Dimensions: 150mm x 236mm x 26mm | 662g
  • Publication date: 2 March 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 1848684304
  • ISBN 13: 9781848684300
  • Illustrations note: 30 illustrations, 16 colour
  • Sales rank: 977,644

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The story of Anne Boleyn's early life, told in detail for the first time. Anne Boleyn is perhaps the most engaging of Henry VIII's Queens. For her he would divorce his wife of some twenty years standing, he would take on the might of the Roman Church and the Holy Roman Empire; he would even alienate his own people in order to win her favour and, eventually, her hand. But before Henry came into her life Anne Boleyn had already wandered down love's winding path. She had learned its twists and turns during her youth spent at the courts of the Low Countries and France, where she had been sent as a result of her scandalous behaviour with her father's butler and chaplain. Here her education had been directed by two of the strongest women of the age - and one of the weakest. Returning to England she was courted by three different suitors in three very different circumstances. The first was James Butler, with whom an arranged marriage was designed to settle a family dispute over the earldom of Ormond. Anne then captured the heart of Henry Percy, whose genuine love for her was reciprocated and would have lead to Anne becoming countess of Northumberland had the couple not been cruelly torn apart in the interests of politics and worldly ambition. Lastly, Thomas Wyatt, the dreamy young poet and ambassador who was captivated by Anne but who stepped aside when he saw that he had a rival: none other than the great King Henry VIII himself.

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Author information

Josephine Wilkinson is an author and historian. She received a First from the University of Newcastle where she also read for her PhD. She has received British Academy research funding and has been scholar-in-residence at St Deiniol's Library, Britain's only residential library founded by the great Victorian statesman, William Gladstone. Her other books include Mary Boleyn and Richard III, The Young King To Be both published by Amberley. She lives in York.

Table of contents

1. Growing up at Hever, 1501-1513 2. The Coming of Grace: Anne & Margaret, Archduchess of Austria, 1513-1514 3. The Rival of Venus: Anne in France, 1514-1521 4. An Irish Alliance: Anne & James Butler, 1521-1522 5. An Innocent Love Affair: Anne & Henry Percy, 1522-1523 6. 'Whereforth & Beauty Met': Anne & Thomas Wyatt, 1524-1526 7. Anne's Revenge, 1527-1530 8. Percy, Wyatt & the Arrest of Cardinal Wolsey, November 1530 9. The Pre-Contract 1532 10. 'Sometime I Fled': Wyatt Falls Out of Love With Anne 1532-1533 11. All the Queens' Men: The Perils of Courtly Love 12. 'Myn Extreme Enemye': Thomas Wyatt, May 1536 13. Trial: Henry Percy, May 1536 14. Thomas Wyatt's Release from the Tower, June 1536 15. Epilogue Notes Bibliography List of Illustrations Index