The Fall of Anne Boleyn

The Fall of Anne Boleyn : A Countdown

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During the spring of 1536 in Tudor England, events conspire to bring down Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England. The coup against the Queen results in the brutal executions of six innocent people - Anne Boleyn herself, her brother, and four courtiers - and the rise of a new Queen. Drawing on sixteenth century letters, eye witness accounts and chronicles, Claire Ridgway leads the reader through the sequence of chilling events one day at a time, telling the true story of Anne Boleyn's fall. The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown is presented in a diary format, allowing readers to dip in, look up a particular date, or read from start to finish. Special features include mini biographies of those involved, a timeline of events and full referencing. Claire Ridgway, creator of The Anne Boleyn Files website and author of The Anne Boleyn Collection, continues her mission to share the real truth about Anne Boleyn.
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Product details

  • Paperback | 350 pages
  • 140 x 216 x 20mm | 445g
  • North Charleston SC, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 147526612X
  • 9781475266122
  • 704,605

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With "The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown," historian Claire Ridgway has written an immediate and gripping account of the last weeks of the doomed queen's life. Ms. Ridgway's book engages the reader from the outset, but what I particularly enjoyed was how she interspersed her narrative with excerpts from primary sources. I loved being able to read about the events in the words of people who were actually there, friend and foe alike, especially those who had a vested interest in portraying Anne in an unflattering and downright criminal light. Too often, historians have an axe to grind or let their agendas influence their arguments. Ms. Ridgway, however, is refreshingly honest about the conclusions that can be drawn from the source material and accounts of Anne's contemporaries. When there is no possible way of knowing what happened in a given situation, Ms. Ridgway does not speculate or make up facts. Rather, she presents various arguments from other historians and lets us draw our own conclusions. As a longtime reader of Tudor biographies, I appreciate her honesty. Although she believes Anne Boleyn was innocent of all the charges, she lets the facts speak for themselves. Some of the most interesting things I learned from the book were the blood/family connection between Jane Seymour and Anne Boleyn, the details surrounding the arrest of Sir Francis Weston, the convoluted and absurd nature of the charges in the Middlesex and Kent indictments (I had never read them in their entirety before), and how easily the supposed assignations between Anne and her alleged bevy of paramours could have been disproved if true justice and an honest investigation of the facts had been the real motives behind the arrests. Another thing I was struck by was the fact that most of what I have seen in movies and TV shows about the Tudors has been based upon the not-too-reliable Spanish Chronicle. As I was reading the account of the torture of Mark Smeaton, I was floored to realize that the scene had been replicated in almost exact detail in "Anne of the Thousand Days." Does this account from the Spanish Chronicle provide gripping drama? Undoubtedly, but it may not be as factual as we have always thought. I am now reassessing everything I have watched and read about the Tudors over the years. For me, this book is a fantastic resource for anyone wanting to learn the unvarnished truth about the last days of Anne Boleyn. It is also a cracking good read for those who enjoy learning more about the endlessly fascinating-and quite dysfunctional-Tudors. I recommend it wholeheartedly! © 2013 by Melika Dannese Luxshow more
by Melika Lux
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