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  1. The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: 'The Most Happy'
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  2. The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn: 'The Most Happy'

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This definitive biography of Anne Boleyn establishes her as a figure of considerable importance and influence in her own right.

  • A full biography of Anne Boleyn, based on the latest scholarly research.
  • Focusses on Anne’s life and legacy and establishes Anne as a figure of considerable importance and influence in her own right.
  • Adulteress or innocent victim? Looks afresh at the issues at the heart of Anne's downfall.
  • Pays attention to her importance as a patron of the arts, particularly in relation to Hans Holbein.
  • Presents evidence about Anne’s spirituality and her interest in the intellectual debates of the period.
  • Takes account of significant advances in knowledge in recent years.

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Eric Ives
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I am literally shocked seeing those comments of whom found this book 'impossible to read and interpret'. I'm not even a native english speaker maybe not even an 'advanced leaner' but I had no problem whatsoever understanding this book. Besides, as it was said before this book is based on probably the best and the most objective research of anne boleyn. I think the only part I got confused was why the Tudor tradition of arrest first and interrogate later, was not applied regarding the case of anne boleyn, and how a husband who writes in the hopes of 'heirs male' by his 'most dearly and entirely beloved wife' on 24th of april and gives his consent to a commision of 'oyer and terminer' on 27th. But I dismiss it since I'm not a native speaker so it could be that I'm the problem with the reading, not the author. Some points Ives' made I believe are crucial corcerning the case of anne boleyn; such as incredibility of most of chapuys' remarks about her married life with the king, her... Read more
At noon on Friday the 19th of May 1536, the dark-haired Anne Boleyn stood on a scaffold at Tower Green inside the Tower of London, surrounded by a thousand spectators. After a brief speech in which she was, as convention required, suitably submissive but in which she notably did not admit to any crime, she exposed her long, slender neck, tied up her hair, and knelt to await a blow from the sword of the French executioner who had been imported for the occasion. A moment later, as she prayed aloud for Christ to save her soul, she was beheaded. Thus died one of the more extraordinary women from a country whose long history is certainly not short of remarkable characters.

Long ago, the hopelessly romantic Teenage Me developed something of a historical crush on Anne Boleyn - along with a parallel detestation of Henry VIII, that most self-indulgent and odious of English monarchs.

Warning: digression... Said Teenage Me and his descendant, Middle-Aged Me, have long... Read more
This is a very thorough and thoroughly documents history/biography of Anne Boleyn. It is refreshingly free of the hype, assumptions, and psychobabble that so frequently accompany and discussion of this truly remarkable woman. Ives examines some of the popular myths and legends when they are germane to the history and actors, and his explanation of why they could or could not be true are fascinatingly documented arguments based on minute research and knowledge of the era and customs. There is something for everyone in this book. First, of course, there is Anne Boleyn who has to be one of the most interesting women to have ever lived. And there is the world of her upbringing (she not being highly visible until Henry got interested in her and even then she is masked in a swirl of propaganda), the politics and culture of the Tudor Court, European politics, and many of the players including Henry, Cromwell, Wolsey, Anne's family, Katherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor. The book includes a... Read more
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