The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England Series)

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England Series)

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By (author) Alison Weir

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  • Publisher: VINTAGE
  • Format: Paperback | 544 pages
  • Dimensions: 130mm x 194mm x 38mm | 281g
  • Publication date: 3 June 2010
  • Publication City/Country: London
  • ISBN 10: 0712640177
  • ISBN 13: 9780712640176
  • Illustrations note: 16
  • Sales rank: 20,281

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On 2 May, 1536, in an act unprecedented in English history, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, was imprisoned in the Tower of London. On 15 May, she was tried and found guilty of high treason and executed just four days later. Mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to her arrest - did Henry VIII instruct Thomas Cromwell to fabricate evidence to get rid of her so that he could marry Jane Seymour? Did Cromwell, for reasons of his own, construct a case against Anne and her faction, and then present compelling evidence before the King? Or was Anne, in fact, as guilty as charged? Never before has there been a book devoted entirely to Anne Boleyn's fall; now in Alison Weir's richly researched and impressively detailed portrait, we have a compelling story of the last days of history's most charismatic, controversial and tragic heroines.

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Alison Weir was born in London and now resides in Surrey. Before becoming a published author in 1989, she was a civil servant, then a housewife and mother. From 1991 to 1997, whilst researching and writing books, she ran a school for children with learning difficulties before taking up writing full-time. Her fourteen history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Lancaster and York, Children of England , Elizabeth the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine , Mary, Queen of Scots, Henry VIII: King and Court, Isabella, Katherine Swynford and, most recently Lady in the Tower. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

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"One of our best popular historians...with an impressive scholarly pedigree in Tudor history" Independent on Sunday "It is testament to Weir's artfulness and elegance as a writer that The Lady in the Tower remains fresh and suspenseful, even though the reader knows what's coming... One of the pleasures of The Lady in the Tower is that it invites the reader into the historiographical process as Weir's emphasis on primary sources allows us to evaluate them alongside her" Independent "Weir...knows her sources well. She writes in an engaging way and adopts an even-handed approach" Irish Times "This is vintage Weir: a thrilling episode of history superbly related and treated with penetrating analysis and a great dollop of common sense" -- Jessie Childs Literary Review "The research is exhaustive... It would be hard to imagine a more thorough examination of any comparable historical issue... Weir is to be congratulated on her impartiality and sound judgement" BBC History Magazine