The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn

Author(s): Retha M. Warnicke


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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General Fields

  • : 9780521406772
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : Cambridge University Press
  • : 0.43
  • : July 1998
  • : 2.2 Centimeters X 13.6 Centimeters X 21.6 Centimeters
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : Retha M. Warnicke
  • : Paperback
  • : English
  • : very good
  • : 326