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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. Warnicke
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ISBN-13: 9780521406772
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 02/28/2017
Series: Canto Series
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 338
Sales rank: 697,864
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 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 2 reviews.
juglicerr on LibraryThing 10 months ago
Warnicke's book is interesting and worth reading, but Eric Ives' Anne Boleyn takes a very different slant on things, and I would read both, especially since Warnicke says that her purpose is not to write a full scale biography but to deal with certain issues.Warnicke and Ives are in agreement in their tendency to discount a lot of the evidence from Imperial sources as both biased and contradictory, so their conclusions differ from those of authors a decade or more before. They also have dramatic differences between them, one of the main points of disagreement being when Anne Boleyn was born. This is a very vexed subject.Beyond these interpretations, I have some issues with Warnicke myself. One might call the first philosophical: Warnicke seems to believe that people, particularly Henry VIII, have a single motive for their actions, whereas I think that people often act from mixed motives. Warnicke asserts that the only reason for Henry's desire to terminate his marriage with Catherine of Aragon was his sincere conviction that it was illegitimate. She therefore rejects interpretations of some of his actions on the grounds that it was impossible for him to be acting out of any other motive.I am not convinced by her explanation of the reasons for Anne's death. If Henry, etc., honestly thought she was a witch, why was she tried for adultery rather than witchcraft? Why not charge with adultery and witchcraft? Warnicke makes it very clear why charges of adultery and other forbidden sexual conduct would support a charge of witchcraft, but she wasn't tried as a witch. Why fabricate charges of adultery, as Warnicke thinks they did, while broadly hinting at witchcraft? The fetus that Anne miscarried is held to be evidence of witchcraft, but why advertise that and then place no charges?The book has created something of a stir, and I'd advise anyone who wants to be au courant about Anne Boleyn to read it.
Guest More than 1 year ago
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.