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The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir
  

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

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Alison Weir brings history to life yet again in this study of the last few days of Anne Boleyn's life. This reads as well as any fictional conspiracy theory novel with Weir delving in to historical documents to figure out if Henry plotted his wife's downfall, in order to marry Jane Seymour, or whether evidence was brought before him leaving him no options but to order her execution. Whatever the case, Anne Boleyn's short reign as Queen of England is one of the most fascinating periods of British History and Alison Weir makes it accessible and enthralling.

If you like Alison Weir you might also like to read books by Elizabeth Freemantle, Joanna Hickson and Elizabeth Chadwick.

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The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir

The imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, in May 1536 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 since. Anne was imprisoned in the Tower of London on 2 May 1536, and tried and found guilty of high treason on 15 May. Her supposed crimes included adultery with five men, one her own brother, and plotting the King's death. She was executed on 19 May 1536. Mystery 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? Following the coronation of her daughter Elizabeth I in 1558, Anne was venerated as a heroine of the English Reformation. Over the centuries, her dramatic story has inspired many artistic and cultural works and has remained ever-vivid in England's popular memory. Never before has there been a book devoted entirely to Anne Boleyn's fall. Alison Weir has reassessed the evidence and created a richly researched and detailed portrait of the last days of one of the most influential and important figures in English history.


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One of our best popular historians...with an impressive scholarly pedigree in Tudor history * Independent on Sunday * It is testament to Weir's artfulness and elegance as a writer that The Lady in the Tower remains fresh and suspenseful, even though the reader knows what's coming... One of the pleasures of The Lady in the Tower is that it invites the reader into the historiographical process as Weir's emphasis on primary sources allows us to evaluate them alongside her * Independent * Weir...knows her sources well. She writes in an engaging way and adopts an even-handed approach * Irish Times * This is vintage Weir: a thrilling episode of history superbly related and treated with penetrating analysis and a great dollop of common sense -- Jessie Childs * Literary Review * The research is exhaustive... It would be hard to imagine a more thorough examination of any comparable historical issue... Weir is to be congratulated on her impartiality and sound judgement * BBC History Magazine *


About the Author

Alison Weir

Alison Weir is the top-selling female historian (and the fifth bestselling historian overall) in the United Kingdom, and has sold over 2.7 million books worldwide. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and Sciences and an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces, and is married with two adult children. Anne Boleyn is the second in the Six Tudor Queens series of novels about the wives of Henry VIII, which began with Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen - a Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller.

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Publication date

3rd June 2010

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Alison Weir

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Publisher

Vintage an imprint of CCV

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Paperback
544 pages

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Biography / Autobiography
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Biography: historical, political & military

Early modern history: c 1450/1500 to c 1700

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9780712640176

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