The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn

The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn

Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII

Book - 1989
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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.
Publisher: New York : Cambridge University Press, 1989
ISBN: 9780521370004
Characteristics: xi, 326 p., [25] p. of plates : ill. ; 25 cm


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