Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions

Anne Boleyn: Fatal Attractions

by G.W. Bernard
     
 

"In this groundbreaking new biography, G.W. Bernard offers a fresh portrait of one of England's most captivating queens. Through a wide-ranging forensic examination of sixteenth-century sources, Bernard reconsiders Boleyn's girlhood, her experience at the French court, the nature of her relationship with Henry and the authenticity of her evangelical sympathies. He

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"In this groundbreaking new biography, G.W. Bernard offers a fresh portrait of one of England's most captivating queens. Through a wide-ranging forensic examination of sixteenth-century sources, Bernard reconsiders Boleyn's girlhood, her experience at the French court, the nature of her relationship with Henry and the authenticity of her evangelical sympathies. He depicts Anne Boleyn as a captivating, intelligent and highly sexual woman whose attractions Henry resisted for years until marriage could ensure legitimacy for their offspring." He shows that it was Henry, not Anne, who developed the ideas that led to the break with Rome. And, most radically, he argues that the allegations of adultery that led to Anne's execution in the Tower could he close to the truth.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780300162455
Publisher:
Yale University Press
Publication date:
05/25/2010
Pages:
256
Product dimensions:
6.40(w) x 9.30(h) x 1.10(d)

Meet the Author


G. W. Bernard is professor of early modern history at the University of Southampton and editor of the English Historical Review. The author of The King's Reformation, Bernard lives in Southampton, UK.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations

Preface

Acknowledgements

1 'These bloody days have broken my heart': the fall of Anne Boleyn 1

2 Who was Anne Boleyn? 4

3 'Whose pretty dukkys I trust shortly to kiss': Henry VIII's infatuation with Anne 19

4 The King's Great Matter': Henry's divorce and Anne 37

5 The most happy': King Henry and Queen Anne 72

6 She 'wore yellow for the mourning': Anne against Catherine 79

7 'I have done many good deeds in my life': Anne Boleyn's religion 92

8 Anne's miscarriage 125

9 Conspiracy? 135

10 'A much higher fault': the countess of Worcester's charge against Anne 151

11 'You would look to have me': Anne's lovers? 161

12 'Incontinent living so rank and common': was Anne guilty? 183

Epilogue 193

Appendix: the portraits of Anne Boleyn 196

Notes 201

Bibliography 223

Index 230

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