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The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

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Most Helpful Favorable Review

17 out of 18 people found this review helpful.

Great History, Well researched

I always eagerly await the release of any book written by Alison Weir - both her fictional works as well as her historical, always well researched, books never fail to please. I am happy to be able to say that "The Lady In The Tower" has been no exception! I began to re...
I always eagerly await the release of any book written by Alison Weir - both her fictional works as well as her historical, always well researched, books never fail to please. I am happy to be able to say that "The Lady In The Tower" has been no exception! I began to read it as soon as I got my hands on it and enjoyed this book all of the way through.

I have long believed that Henry VIII was a narcissistic megalomaniac - especially in the way that he treated Anne Boleyn. Despite whatever faults Anne may have had, Henry quite literally,changed the course of history in order to make Anne his Queen. In this very well researched book, Ms. Weir postulates that it was, in fact, Thomas Cromwell, not King Henry himself, who was behind the allegations made against Anne that resulted in her death. This books covers a very small window in time - 1536- and it has been Ms. Weir's task to sift through voluminous, and sometimes very conflicting, historical accounts, reports & letters to formulate her opinion that Thomas Cromwell was the cause of Anne's meteoric fall from Henry's good graces. In referencing Anne Boleyn's inability to carry a second child, the longed for son & heir, to full term, Ms. Weir postulates a very likely theory that Anne's pregnancies were complicated by the RH negative antibody. There would have been no treatment let alone understanding for this sort of complication at this time and the theory goes a long way as an explanation for the still born son who, in effect, sealed Anne's fate.

Ms. Wier has managed to make what really amounts to 19 days - from sham trial to execution - an engrossing read that will appeal to history lovers in general and, most especially, to those of us of thrive on Tudor and Elizabethan history. The wait for this book was worth it. I do highly recommend this book!

posted by ZQuilts on November 27, 2009

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Most Helpful Critical Review

5 out of 17 people found this review helpful.

Don't waste your money!

This book was so poorly written that I was actually angry at myself for having spent the money on it. It was redundant (repeating OVER and OVER that she had to fight for her spot because she had stolen it from the beloved first wife) and there was no new information in...
This book was so poorly written that I was actually angry at myself for having spent the money on it. It was redundant (repeating OVER and OVER that she had to fight for her spot because she had stolen it from the beloved first wife) and there was no new information in this book that hadn't been released in every other book about her.

I have never been dismayed at the amount I pay for a book because I always think that anytime spent reading is worth whatever the book cost, but this book was a first for me. It was a stretch in cost for me as it was (over $20 WITH my Barnes and Noble discounts) and so that may have been a contributing factor as well.

Don't waste your money on this book. I didn't make it past the third chapter in it because it had said the same things over and over to the point that I was numb and no longer reading, but skipping pages and pages of writing to get to something of substance! I know that now I sound redundant in writing this, but I cannot stress how poorly written and researched this book was. It was like reading a high school students research paper when they are just trying to finish the required number of pages.

posted by KathrynTX on March 22, 2010

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 21, 2010

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    Not Ms. Weir's best work.

    The story of Anne Boleyn is mostly a mystery, since after her fall as queen Henry VIII had most records of her destroyed and her name was never spoken in his presence again. However, I am a huge fan of Alison Weir's work and I found myself disappointed in this one. She portrays Anne as a woman who had to fight every day to earn the love of her king after the birth of the Princess Elizabeth. She points out that the entire court was rioting for Anne's downfall, but the evidence she finds is from the Emperial Ambassador Chapuys who was incredibly biased against Anne.
    Anne was an amazing and intellegent woman who found herself in circumstances beyond her control, and therefore could no longer use only her intellect to find a way out. Ms. Weir is usually wonderful at presenting all sides of the argument and fully researching her topic. Although Anne Boleyn is a difficult subject to research, given the lack of unbias materal left to us through history, the subject could have been more evenly portrayed.

    1 out of 3 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2014

    Interesting but

    However interesting I find this book and however astute Weir's judgements, the writing itself leaves much to be desired. No, I am not one of those readers who object to vocabulary above the middle school level; it's rather that she too often says something that she doesn't quite mean and I had to reread to establish just what she meant. Was this proofread?

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  • Posted December 29, 2010

    Ok, unexpected

    I know that there is a sample for a reason. This sample was only three pages, I thought this was going to be a novel and it was more of a research book. Just a heads up for other readers!

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