The Anne Boleyn Companion

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First-ever collection of all of Anne Boleyn's letters and the contemporary writings about her.

Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, caused comment wherever she went. Through the chronicles, letters and dispatches written by both Anne and her contemporaries, it is possible to see her life and thoughts as she struggled to become queen of England, ultimately ending her life on the scaffold. Only through the original sources is it truly ...

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Overview

First-ever collection of all of Anne Boleyn's letters and the contemporary writings about her.

Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, caused comment wherever she went. Through the chronicles, letters and dispatches written by both Anne and her contemporaries, it is possible to see her life and thoughts as she struggled to become queen of England, ultimately ending her life on the scaffold. Only through the original sources is it truly possible to evaluate the real Anne.

George Wyatt's Life of Queen Anne provided the first detailed account of the queen, based on the testimony of those that knew her. The poems of Anne's supposed lover, Thomas Wyatt, as well as accounts such as Cavendish's Life of Wolsey also give details of her life, as do the hostile dispatches of the Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys and the later works of the slanderous Nicholas Slander and Nicholas Harpsfield. Henry VIII's love letters and many of Anne's own letters survive, providing an insight into the love affair that changed England forever. The reports on Anne's conduct in the Tower of London show the queen's shock and despair when she realised that she was to die. Collected together for the first time, these and other sources make it possible to view the real Anne Boleyn through her own words and those of her contemporaries.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781445600437
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Publication date: 7/19/2011
  • Pages: 320
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.80 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 7

1 George Wyatt's Life of Queen Anne Boleigne 15

2 Early Life, c. 1501-1526 25

3 The Love Letters of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn 39

4 Queen in Waiting, 1527-1532 47

5 Queen Anne Boleyn, 1533-1536 127

6 A Memorial from George Constantyne to Thomas Lord Cromwell 201

7 The Fall of Anne Boleyn, May 1536 208

Notes 270

Bibliography 280

List of Illustrations 283

Index 287

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