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

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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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"The value of Warnicke's study lies in her description of the English Reformation from the point of view of Anne Boleyn's life. Warnicke also debunks the myths of Anne Boleyn's deformities—such as her alleged sixth finger—which have surrounded accounts of her life since 'the great Tudor poet, Sander, chose to give her the features of a witch ...' Her chapter, 'Sexual Heresy,' is illuminating in a similar way, inasmuch as it explains for the modern reader the logic which Henry would have followed in determining that it was Anne's fault that she had not conceived a male heir. Unfortunately, much of the worthwhile material is too often sandwiched between tedious descriptions of Anne's clothing and her surroundings." Reviewed by Daniel Weiss, Virginia Quarterly Review (Copyright 2006 Virginia Quarterly Review)

Synopsis:

The events which led to the execution of Anne Boleyn in 1536 are reinterpreted, focusing on the sexual intrigues and family politics pervading the court. A new explanation of Anne's fall is offered, placing her life in the context of social and religious values and superstitions.

Synopsis:

The execution of Henry VIII's second queen in 1536 has traditionally been attributed to a conspiracy masterminded by Thomas Cromwell. This radical reinterpretation focuses instead on the many intrigues that pervaded Henry's court.

Synopsis:

Retha Warnicke's fascinating and controversial reinterpretation focuses on the sexual intrigues and family politics pervading the court, offering a new explanation of Anne's fall.

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.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780521406772
Author:
Warnicke, Retha M.
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press
Location:
Cambridge
Subject:
General
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Royalty
Subject:
Queens
Subject:
Europe - Western
Subject:
Western Europe
Subject:
Anne boleyn, consort of henry 8th, king of en
Subject:
Queens -- Great Britain -- Biography.
Subject:
Europe - Great Britain - General
Subject:
Western Europe - General
Subject:
Anne Boleyn, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, Ki
Subject:
Anne Boleyn, Queen, consort of Henry VIII, King of England, 1507-1536.
Subject:
Great Britain - Politics and government - 109-1547.
Subject:
Great Britain - Queens - Biography
Subject:
World History-England General
Edition Number:
Canto, ed.
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Abridged:
Abridged Edition
Series:
Canto
Series Volume:
1963-1
Publication Date:
19910731
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
16 half-tones
Pages:
338
Dimensions:
8.81x5.32x.72 in. .93 lbs.

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"Synopsis" by , The events which led to the execution of Anne Boleyn in 1536 are reinterpreted, focusing on the sexual intrigues and family politics pervading the court. A new explanation of Anne's fall is offered, placing her life in the context of social and religious values and superstitions.
"Synopsis" by , The execution of Henry VIII's second queen in 1536 has traditionally been attributed to a conspiracy masterminded by Thomas Cromwell. This radical reinterpretation focuses instead on the many intrigues that pervaded Henry's court.
"Synopsis" by , Retha Warnicke's fascinating and controversial reinterpretation focuses on the sexual intrigues and family politics pervading the court, offering a new explanation of Anne's fall.
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