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Anne Boleyn’s unconventional beauty inspired poets - and she so entranced Henry VIII with her wit, allure and style that he was prepared to set aside his wife of over twenty years and risk his immortal soul. Her sister had already been the king’s mistress, but the other Boleyn girl followed a different path. For years the lovers waited; did they really remain chaste? Did Anne love Henry, or was she a calculating femme fatale? Eventually replacing the long-suffering Catherine of Aragon, Anne enjoyed a magnificent coronation and gave birth to the future Queen Elizabeth, but her triumph was short-lived. Why did she go from beloved consort to adulteress and traitor within a matter of weeks? What role did Thomas Cromwell and Jane Seymour of Wolf Hall play in Anne’s demise? Was her fall one of the biggest sex scandals of her era, or the result of a political coup? With her usual eye for the telling detail, Amy Licence explores the nuances of this explosive and ultimately deadly relationship to answer an often neglected question: what choice did Anne really have? When she writes to Henry during their protracted courtship, is she addressing a suitor, or her divinely ordained king? This book follows Anne from cradle to grave and beyond. Anne is vividly brought to life amid the colour, drama and unforgiving politics of the Tudor court.
'Amy Licence is one of the best authors I've read, I have bought all her books and never been disappointed.
A lot has been written about Anne Boleyn but there is always something left to learn and this book provides a new interpretation on one of history's most fascinating women.
On par with Eric Ives Anne Boleyn, this book is a must have for any Tudor enthusiast.' Amazon review.
'Amy Licence's account of Anne's life is vivid and detailed focusing on her family line, and moving through her life as young girl at the Royal Courts of Burgundy and France, later moving home to England as the attractive and mysterious woman who caught the eye of the most powerful man in the Kingdom. Asking questions of class, and gender, this book is well researched and written in an easily accessible, yet authoratitive tone - posing all of the facts so you can make up your own mind - a great book for anyone interested in the life of one of England's most fascinating Queens.' Amazon review.