The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII / Edition 1

The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII / Edition 1

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by Retha M. Warnicke
     
 

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ISBN-10: 0521406773

ISBN-13: 9780521406772

Pub. Date: 07/28/1991

Publisher: Cambridge University Press

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,

Overview

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.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780521406772
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Publication date:
07/28/1991
Series:
Canto Series
Edition description:
Reprint
Pages:
338
Product dimensions:
5.43(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.87(d)

Table of Contents

List of illustrations; Preface; Introduction: Queen Anne; 1. Boleyn origins; 2. Family alliances; 3. Henry's challenge; 4. Papal response; 5. Anne's turn; 6. Queen's patronage 7. Harem politics; 8. Sexual heresy; 9. Royal legacy; Appendix A. The legacy of Nicholas Sander; Appendix B. The choirbook of Anne Boleyn; Appendix C. Two poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt; Notes; Index.

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The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII 5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 1 reviews.
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Ms. Warnicke has developed a new theory regarding the fall of Anne Boleyn, second wife to King Henry VIII of England. Relying on primary sources, this book spins a story of Anne's execution based on medeival views of witchcraft, homosexuality and childbirth. It is both well written and well-researched.