The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn : Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII, Paperback

The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn : Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII Paperback

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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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  • Format: Paperback
  • Pages: 338 pages, 16 b/w illus.
  • Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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  • Category: British & Irish history
  • ISBN: 9780521406772

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