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

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Paperback 338 Pages / Published: 26/07/1991
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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: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 9780521406772
Number of pages: 338
Weight: 430 g
Dimensions: 216 x 136 x 22 mm


MEDIA REVIEWS
'... succeeds triumphantly ... this is an intriguing thesis, and Warnicke develops it with erudition.' The Observer
'The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn ... an excellent book, clears away various misapprehensions.' The Times Higher Education Supplement
"...this book is more than original--it challenges close to every other work written about Anne since her execution...This book is a wonderful piece of feminist scholarship...it offers great insights into Anne Boleyn and into the way history has treated all women who dared to wield power and influence." Herizons
"Thanks to the events surrounding her courtship with and ultimate marriage to Henry VIII, the tempestuous nature of that union, and the sordid yet mysterious circumstances of her execution, Anne Boleyn has always been a fascinating figure. Both popular and scholarly biographers of her have come along with some regularity. Quite simply though, this one transcends all previous efforts." Library Journal
"Inspired, thought-provoking history, sure to pique fans and scholars of the executed queen." The Kirkus Reviews
"...reinterprets Anne Boleyn's story from a feminist perspective and provides the most plausible explanation to date for her abrupt fall from royal glory to the block...illuminates its subject as well as the difficulties inherent in writing about sexual ideologies--and acts--shrouded by centuries of rumor." Margaret W. Ferguson, New York Times Book Review

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