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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

by Retha M. WarnickeRetha M. Warnicke
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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.

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ISBN-13: 9780521406772
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Canto Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 338
Product dimensions: 5.35(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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