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The Imprisonment And Execution Of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII S Second Wife, In May Was Unprecedented In English History It Was Sensational In Its Day, And Has Exerted Endless Fascination Over The Minds Of Historians, Novelists, Dramatists, Poets, Artists And Film Makers Ever SinceAnne Was Imprisoned In The Tower Of London On May , And Tried And Found Guilty Of High Treason On May Her Supposed Crimes Included Adultery With Five Men, One Her Own Brother, And Plotting The King S DeathMystery Surrounds The Circumstances Leading Up To Her Arrest Was It Henry VIII Who, Estranged From Anne, Instructed Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell To Fabricate Evidence To Get Rid Of Her So That He Could Marry Jane Seymour Or Did Cromwell, For Reasons Of His Own, Construct A Case Against Anne And Her Faction, And Then Present Compelling Evidence Before The King Or Was Anne, In Fact, Guilty As Charged Never Before Has There Been A Book Devoted Entirely To Anne Boleyn S Fall Alison Weir Has Reassessed The Evidence, Demolished Many Romantic Myths And Popular Misconceptions, And Rewritten The Story Of Anne S Fall, Creating A Richly Researched And Impressively Detailed Portrait Of The Dramatic Last Days Of One Of The Most Influential And Important Figures In English History

10 thoughts on “The Lady in the Tower The Fall of Anne Boleyn

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    The Part of the Review In Which the Reviewer Rambles About Herself and Not the Book She s Reviewing Lately, I like to insist that I liked the Tudors before they were cool yes, I am a history hipster This isn t true, of course people have been fascinated by the Tudors since the Victorian Age But it is true that I was obsessed with this messed up family long before Philippa Gregory jumped on the bandwagon Karen Cushman was my gateway author into historic fiction in 4th grade, and it must have been soon after that that I first read about the Tudors my first historic fiction book about them was either about Mary Boleyn or Mary Tudor, but they both shared two things Anne Boleyn was heavily featured, and lord was she an evil conniving bitch Naturally, I was intrigued I found a historic fiction book from Anne s perspective, devoured it, and then read three Then I read about Elizabeth Then Mary Boleyn again Then Anne Then Elizabeth Repeat ad nauseum until I discover legit nonfiction history books, and learn how much the fictional accounts of these women s lives got wrong Example No one really knows for sure what order the Boleyn kids were born in but the basic rule of historic fiction seems to be that if Anne is the narrator she s younger than Mary, and if Mary is the narrator she s the youngest child Anne didn t actually have a sixth finger on one hand and while Anne was certainly a strong willed and driven woman, she was probably not evil and was definitely not sleeping with her brother Nice try, though, Philippa Even with all the information I already know about the Tudors and Anne Boleyn in particular, I m still learning Anne has passed from a historical figure to a character of legend, and historians are still figuring out what s real and what s made up And no one seems to be working harder at this than Alison Weir, who is doing her damndest to stay objective and not take anything for granted when it comes to Anne s life And for this, I salute her The Part of the Review In Which the Reviewer Actually Reviews the Damn Book Already With The Lady in the Tower, Alison Weir is doing something she maintains no other historian has ever done focusing, not on Henry and Anne s courtship or their marriage, but just on the few months leading to her arrest, her imprisonment and trial, and the aftermath of her execution Weir examines, in minute and critical detail, all the evidence against Anne and whether any of it might have been true as well as who was responsible for her being accused of treason I ll give you a hint it wasn t Henry and his name rhymes with Schomas Schromwell There s a lot of information missing for instance, all the details of Anne s trial aren t around because some of the documents got destroyed , so Weir has to rely on biased accounts of various abassadors like Chapuys, who was a total bitch and courtiers, who in turn got most of their information from rumors and opinions rather than facts Since most historians sort of skim over Anne s imprisonment, I enjoyed reading about it in detail and, as I said, learned a lot of things I didn t know before Such as Anne most definitely didn t have a sixth finger at most she had an extra fingernail Her last stillborn baby wasn t born deformed wrong again, Philippa , because the child was examined in detail to make sure it had been a boy, and no one mentions a deformity Anne couldn t have been having an affair with anyone, simply because she was the fucking queen and couldn t sneak around without help, and since no women were arrested with her we can assume that no one was helping her Henry sent for the French swordsman to execute Anne before her trial even began When her head was cut off, there s a good chance that Anne remained conscious for about ten to thirty seconds Before Anne, a queen of England had never been executed Elizabeth was probably not informed that her mother had been killed for a long time, and Weir believes that Henry s shielding her from this knowledge proves that he must have loved his daughter, despite her mother s crimes Alison Weir is my favorite historian, and Anne Boleyn is my favorite historical figure Together, they make one hell of a book In weighing the evidence for and against her, the historian cannot but conclude that Anne Boleyn was the victim of a dreadful miscarriage of justice and not only Anne and the men accused with her, but also the King himself, the Boleyn faction, and saddest of all Elizabeth, who was the bear the scars of it all her life In the absence of any real proof of Anne s guilt, and with her conviction only on suspicious evidence, there must be a very strong presumption that she went to her death an innocent woman.

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    Alison Weir openly admits in this book that her interest in history began with the dramatic story of Anne Boleyn s fall This was the first account that was not a biography of Anne Boleyn, but concentrated just on her arrest and execution a period of just four months, which would see not only Anne Boleyn beheaded, but also her brother and four other men, accused with her This fascinating, and detailed, account, begins with a May Day joust in 1536 at Greenwich Although Anne had obviously had concerns, and had heard rumours that Henry was possibly thinking of replacing her with Jane Seymour, for example, it is doubtful that she realised how serious the plots against her were She could not have imagined, when Henry left the joust, that she would never see him again Three months earlier, on the 29th January, Anne had a miscarriage Her seeming inability to give Henry the son he craved, the King s infatuation with Jane Seymour, the enemies she made within the Court, especially with Cromwell and the Duke of Norfolk, her unpopularity with the people and numerous other events all helped lead to her downfall Alison Weir goes through every possible reason that led to the unprecedented events that followed the arrest, trial and beheading of a Queen Whatever your own views on what happened and whether the Queen was the victim of a plot, or that there were possible charges to answer, Weir takes you through all the evidence used against the Queen It was certain that Anne Boleyn herself realised that she had been indiscreet and that her behaviour had made her vulnerable to accusations of impropriety It is also clear that the King was determined to get a guilty verdict against her, regardless of the evidence.Even though you, as the reader, are perfectly aware of the ending that faced Anne Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Norris, Brereton, Weston and Mark Smeaton still the trials and executions read almost like a thriller George Boleyn, Lord Rochford, is certainly to be admired for his witty and intelligent responses in court and Anne Boleyn herself was dignified and immeasurably brave The latter part of this book looks at how the executions were viewed in England and in Europe and also how Henry s behaviour, and his unseemly swift marriage to Jane Seymour, was seen Ironically, Anne Boleyn s great legacy was not in the male heir that she failed to give to Henry, but in the daughter she bore him This book looks at the consequences to Elizabeth and of how she, herself, viewed the mother who still fascinates and captivates us today.

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    Read this several months ago, but found the audio at my library and just had to read it again.

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    In this non fiction book her 5th on the Tudors , Weir zeros in on the last 3 months of the life of Anne Boleyn, arguably the most fascinating of Henry VIII s six wives Anne, as most English history buffs know, was beheaded after failing to produce the one and only thing desired of a royal spouse a living son but there was much, much to her story then her inability to bare an heir Weir expands on the last days of Anne, and covers information not available in her former book, The Six Wives of Henry VIII We see the machinations of Anne s detractors and enemies to bring about the desired end result How Henry, who once desired her enough to bring down the foundations of the Catholic Church in England to have her, now cast her aside on the belief of trumped up charges of adultery, incest and treason.Weir is a prodigious researcher, and although she like many other researchers has her headstrong pet theories and noted biases, I can always count on her to serve up a well written, well documented and interesting dish on the lives, loves, triumphs and foibles of the long deceased greats from English history especially those rascally, larger then life Tudors.Under Weir s deft hand, you gain a deeper understanding for the motivations good and bad of the noted personalities of the day Henry, Cromwell, Mary, The Duke of Norfolk, and Lord Rochford Weir lays out at the end some of the ramifications of Anne s demise with respect to her surviving child, Elizabeth, who went on to become one of England s most beloved, influential and brilliant monarchs.Not her best work which is why I only gave it 3 stars , the book does have periods of dry, dull exposition in the middle section However, the beginning and the end were excellent, riveting and well worth the time.

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    After some very meticulous research, Alison Weir has delivered a well balanced portrayal of the first English queen who was beheaded She brings to light first person accounts of an event that was so shocking for the time period that there was no precedent for it And her explanations for why Anne s situation became so dire so quickly lend a clarity that brings the reader as close to the truth as we can get.

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    I ve been reading Weir for years I ve read almost all of her books The two I haven t read yet, I have, and they are in my TBR pile I picked up The Lady in the Tower at my local BJs which sometimes has the most wonderful books There is something about the Tudors, and it shouldn t surprise that most of Weir s non fiction, and all of her fiction connects to this royal family I first grew interested in the Tudors because I loved Renaissance English Literature The Tudors are the ultimate soap opera, until Showtime made them a soap opera No matter how good looking Rhys Myers is, I can t watch it I keep clenching my teeth The Tudors make soap opera because there are the stock characters, the stock myths It isn t surprising that both historians and readers keep returning to them This is Weir s best book Period It is one of the best books about Anne Boleyn Ives book is the best, but it is very dry Weir doesn t focus on Anne s whole life instead she focuses on the events leading up and including Anne s trial and execution Because of this, if you are totally unfamiliar with Henry VIII and his wives, I would suggest reading any of the biographies about the monarch and his serial harem Fraser, Starkey, and Weir have all written books Because the focus of the book is so narrow, the book is absolutely riveting I have read plenty about Anne and about the Tudors Weir presents the most riveting account of Anne s death that I have seen anyway, all the riveting because Weir relies on firsthand accounts Even if you are a Katherine of Aragorn supporter, you have to admire Anne s courage when facing beheading Another wonderful aspect of this book is that Weir is so even handed In most biographies of Anne, she is either portrayed as a monster Erickson or as a saint Denny Weir portrays her as a human The focus is on politics, and while Henry VIII doesn t look like a dove, the true villain, according to Weir s thesis, is Cromwell, the motive of politic power than anything else And Weir makes a very convincing argument Weir not only closely examines Anne s trial, but she deals with theories presented by other historians, showing the strengths and weakness of the theories She is very indebted to Ives IF you haven t read his book, read it The only time she seems to get angry at a fellow historian is when discussing Strickland at one point, and that has to do with Strickland misrepresenting what Weir herself wrote Weir is also very clear when stating fact, and when stating opinion Weir includes an appendix on the ghost legends surrounding Anne More importantly, Weir includes an appendix where she discusses the merits and flaws of the historical sources

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    Anne Boleyn is probably top 2 in my list of favorite historical personages It s hard to find info about Anne Boleyn that I don t already know from being obsessed with her, and Weir did a great job of providing me with new information about Anne s trial and fall She also gives background on the times, elaborates on various historical theories, and talks a little bit about Elizabeth and Mary as well I really super enjoyed this.

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    I always enjoy Alison Weir s books, although I do tend to read them with a certain amount of reserve as she does have a tendency toward bias She writes with a very clear, intelligent style, and her books are always a pleasure to read but as I said, I always read them with a pinch of salt in store, and this one is no exception.Anne Boleyn is one of the most fascinating and probably most mythologised figures of the Tudor period Indeed, the whole history of Henry VIII often gets reduced to mythology, little than the divorced, beheaded, died, divorced, beheaded, survived rhyme that every schoolchild grows up knowing This book covers the brief period of Anne s fall in incredible detail, analysing the evidence of her guilt and finding on the whole that Anne was the victim of dynastic manoeuvring and was quite probably blameless, of these crimes, at least.My main criticism of this book is the whitewashing of Henry VIII, the absolving of almost any blame Weir heaps most of the blame for Anne s downfall and execution on Cromwell, arguing that Henry was mostly reacting to the trumped up evidence he was shown, believing what he wanted to believe I personally find it hard to believe that a man such as Henry VIII, a man so wilful and dominant that he deliberately and with full knowledge of his actions isolated England from Europe, broke with Rome, turned his country upside down, dissolved the monasteries, executed a large swathe of English nobility, threatened to execute his own daughter on than one occasion and certainly had no qualms about seeing her declared bastard I find it hard to believe that he had no hand in Anne s downfall, and that Cromwell was acting entirely on his own initiative And yet Henry in this book comes across as a man simply behaving within the law, even as Weir argues, acting with benevolence in allowing Anne her own ladies at the end and permitting her to die by the sword instead of the axe Spare us all from such benevolence