The Lady in the Tower

The Lady in the Tower

The Fall of Anne Boleyn

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From one of the world's foremost popular historians, a detailed and intricate portrait of the last days of one of the most influential and important figures in English history.

The imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, was unprecedented in the annals of English history. It was sensational in its day, and has exerted endless fascination over the minds of historians, novelists, dramatists, poets, artists, and filmmakers ever since.

Mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to Anne's arrest and imprisonment in May 1536. Was it Henry VIII who, estranged from Anne, instructed Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell to fabricate evidence to get rid of her so that he could marry Jane Seymour? Or did Cromwell, for reasons of his own, construct a case against Anne and her faction, and then present compelling evidence before the King?

Following the coronation of her daughter Elizabeth I as queen, Anne was venerated as a martyr and heroine. Over the centuries, she has inspired many artistic and cultural works and has remained ever-present in England's, and the world's, popular memory. Alison Weir draws on her unsurpassed expertise in the Tudor Period to chronicle the downfall and dramatic final days of this influential and fascinating woman.


From the Hardcover edition.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2010
ISBN: 9780771087660
0771087667
Branch Call Number: 942.052092 AnneB-W 3558ad 1
Characteristics: xvii, 434 p. :,ill. (chiefly col.)

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llwboston
Aug 26, 2012

Meticulously detailed yet highly readable. Alison Weir's account of the power struggle that was the real basis of Anne Boleyn's downfall concludes that even before her trial her fate as sealed. Weir demonstrates that Anne was in many ways her own worst enemy, and gives us a riveting account of her final days, in the Tower and on the scaffold. This book certainly changed my perceptions of Jane Seymour's character-far from passive player in these events. In response to an earlier comment-I can find no mention in this book of the supposed "sixth finger", only two brief mentions of Anne having a double fingernail. I highly recommend this book, as well as Weir's "Life of Elizabeth I" and "Children of Henry VIII" to anyone interested in the lives of the Tudors.

crankylibrarian May 21, 2012

Weir has already written a half dozen books on the Tudors,so I wasn't sure what she would have to add here. I was pleasantly surprised; the consummate scholar, Weir has continued to do primary document research and has modified some of her theories about the relationship between Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. Weir hesitates over the key question: did Henry believe Anne guilty of adultery, or did he knowingly and intentionally send his innocent wife and 5 subjects to the block for political purposes? Weir concludes that while Anne probably suffered from a "miscarriage of justice", Henry likely believed the charges, although they certainly proved marvelously convenient. This may be slow going for those not familiar with the story; her _The Six Wives of Henry VIII_ is a better introduction. Includes a fun chapter on Anne Boleyn ghost stories and legends.

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KarenW
Jan 02, 2012

After some very meticulous research, Alison Weir has delivered a well balanced portrayal of the first English queen who was beheaded. She brings to light first person accounts of an event that was so shocking for the time period that there was no precedent for it. And her explanations for why Anne's situation became so dire so quickly lend a clarity that brings the reader as close to the truth as we can get.

PrimaGigi Dec 25, 2011

This is the second time I tried to read this. Alison Weir has a horrible time with facts and fiction. I tried to push forward, but I couldn't get over the fact that she kept saying that Anne had a sixth finger, which has never been proven. It just freaking nagged at me. I only trust David Starkey, Alison Weir fictional work is what she should stick to.

akarenina Jul 27, 2011

Read through page 206, then 70 pgs. of the Ives bio, then completed this. Very Scholarly but lucid and readable.

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kaja
May 12, 2011

Wonderful book, full of details. love it!
Alison is such a great author.

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Gizmocat
May 12, 2010

Alison Weir has written much better books. This one contains no new material and is occasionally sloppily written. There are better biographies of this queen.

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