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"What more intriguing subject, then, for a historian who has chosen to concentrate on the Tudor period, and whose previous studies of Henry VIII, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth have been hailed for impeccable scholarship, graceful phrasing, and almost addictive readability—for the vividness and immediacy usually only found in the best novels." —Alida Becker, The Philadelphia Inquirer
"Erickson is one of the most accomplished and successful biographers writing in English."
—London Times Literary Supplement
"This book is highly enjoyable as well as being reilable and acute, indeed, it is popular historical biography at its best." —Christopher Hibbert, London Times
Posted July 19, 2005
I've read everything available on Anne Boleyn over the years and greatly anticipated reading this book. Sad to say I was more than a little disappointed. To begin with I found the book to be very simplistic, sort of history 'lite' I guess is how I would describe it. While it is true that not much is known about Anne Boleyn prior to her falling under the lustful eye of Henry, this author attempted to make up for that by including details that she could not possibly have known were true and, in my opinion came dangeriously close to crossing the line into fiction. Additionally, she made several basic mistakes in the main subjects history, not the least being where Anne fell in order of birth among her brother and sister (Anne was younger than her sister, not older). And since there is very little in the way of physical descriptions of Anne I found in interesting that this author described her to a T. Last but certainly not least, the portrait on the cover of the paperback is not of Anne Boleyn! Such a glaring error pretty much sums up the authors lack of attention to detail. It was easy to read and I suppose for the casual history buff it would suffice. If you are a serious student of Tudor England though, this is not the book for you.
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Posted February 5, 2011
History has constantly cast Anne Bolynn as a vixen set out to snare herself a king. She was not. She would have preferred to have married Percy & her marriage had already been agreed upon and only required the king's approval. An approval that was denied when Henry saw her and desired her for himself. Percy, her intended, was quickly married off to another heiress by Cardical Wolsey who then set about, along with Anne's own father. To establish Anne as Henry's next mistress, just as Sir Thomas Bolynn had done with his first daughter Mary who bore the king 2 children before he was finished with her.
Anne was a woman not to be trifled with & her anger often times got the best of her and her cleverness. Is it any wonder that a woman of such cleverness & spirit should produce England's most famous queen? This book gives so much insight into the life led by Anne, as well as the consequences of her choices. What I enjoy most about Erikson's novels is that it is not your typical dry history. She keeps the facts but presents them in such a manner your interest is constantly kept as well as presenting questions that are fascinating in basis. I also recommend the other novels she has written upon the Tudors including Great Harry(Henry VIII), Elizabeth & my personal favorite, Bloody Mary.
Not to mention the fact the the manner in which the author has chosen to write her hsitorical novels presents the facts in such a manner that whether you are a studied scholar or just a high school student researching for a paper. It is all easily understood and highly informative.
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Posted May 21, 2008
People always love to put Anne as the ULTIMATE GOOD, WILLING SAINT, but she wasn't and to do that I consider an insult to her memory, she was as courageous woman, and although arrogant she decided her fate in a time where most women did not, and she would have liked to be portrayed as arrogant, her negative features that also supported her courageous ones, such as audacity, conniving, cleverness things this author includes here, and anne would have better liked to be showed as she was than just a limpy, sinky, stupid, victimized, saint, it would be an insult the bio is neutral and that is why some fanatics dangerous lovers may not like it, as the bio is not bias, but if you want bias than read david starskey or alison weir who is bias towards katherine of aragon she portrays her as the greatest monarch consort to henry viii. if you want neutrality and something DIFFERENT and not be sutck in the same bias read this. I am glad she is portrayeda s she was, one of the greatest heroines for some, women in history should be told her negative and positive features and see that she is something we can all be and aspire, that she is another human living person like us who is still misunderstood by some minority of people to conservative or to liberal (Even those who favor her to extremely and go dangerous). she is daughter for all times read this. you won't regret it.
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