The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn
Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII
By (author) Retha M. Warnicke
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Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn by Retha M. Warnicke
Book DescriptionThe 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 DetailsISBN: 9780521406772
(216mm x 138mm x 22mm)
Imprint: Cambridge University Press
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Publish Date: 26-Jul-1991
Country of Publication: United Kingdom
Books By Author Retha M. Warnicke
Wicked Women of Tudor England, Paperback (May 2012)
This fascinating study delves into the lives of six Tudor women celebrated for their reputed wickedness. Collected here are accounts of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, Anne Seymour, Lettice Dudley, and Jane and Alice More. Warnicke rescues these women from historical misrepresentations and helps us to rediscover the complex world of Tudor society.
Marrying of Anne of Cleves, Paperback (February 2011)
A study of the marrying of Anne of Cleves to Henry VIII and of sexual court politics.
Mary Queen of Scots, Paperback (January 2006)» View all books by Retha M. Warnicke
A biography of one of the most intriguing figures of early modern European history, Retha Warnicke, widely regarded as a leading historian on Tudor queenship. It offers a fresh interpretation of the life of this fascinating Tudor Queen.
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