Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII

ISBN-10: 0521406773

ISBN-13: 9780521406772

Edition: 1991

Authors: Retha 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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Book details

List price: $35.99
Copyright year: 1991
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publication date: 7/26/1991
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 338
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 1.25" tall
Weight: 0.836
Language: English

List of illustrations
Preface
Introduction: Queen Anne
Boleyn origins
Family alliances
Henry's challenge
Papal response
Anne's turn
Queen's patronage
Harem politics
Sexual heresy
Royal legacy
The legacy of Nicholas Sander
The choirbook of Anne Boleyn
Two poems of Sir Thomas Wyatt
Notes
Index
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