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The Anne Boleyn Papers [Paperback]

Elizabeth Norton
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1 Aug 2013
Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, caused comment wherever she went. Through the chronicles, letters and dispatches written by both Anne and her contemporaries, it is possible to see her life and thoughts as she struggled to become queen of England, ultimately ending her life on the scaffold. Only through the original sources is it truly possible to evaluate the real Anne. George Wyatt's Life of Queen Anne provided the first detailed account of the queen, based on the testimony of those that knew her. The poems of Anne's supposed lover, Thomas Wyatt, as well as accounts such as Cavendish's Life of Wolsey also give details of her life, as do the hostile dispatches of the Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys and the later works of the slanderous Nicholas Slander and Nicholas Harpsfield. Henry VIII's love letters and many of Anne's own letters survive, providing an insight into the love affair that changed England forever. The reports on Anne's conduct in the Tower of London show the queen's shock and despair when she realised that she was to die. Collected together for the first time, these and other sources make it possible to view the real Anne Boleyn through her own words and those of her contemporaries.

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  • Paperback: 384 pages
  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing (1 Aug 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445612887
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445612881
  • Product Dimensions: 19.6 x 12.4 x 3.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 41,797 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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'A very useful compilation of source material on Anne Boleyn - a well produced book' ALISON WEIR --Alison Weir

About the Author

Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. She is the author of eight books on the Tudors. She lives in London.

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4.0 out of 5 stars A real insight to her life. 2 Dec 2013
By Suzanne
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Anne Boleyn has always been my favourite Queen.
I found the letters,and dispatches fascinating.It allowed me the reader to become thoroughly absorbed in the book and to understand the character of Anne.
The love letters of Anne and Henry provides an invaluable insight into thieir relationship, it was a love affair that changed England forever.
The poems referd to in historical novels are in this book and although they took some understanding in some instances,
I am glad they were included.
A book to dip into, to enjoy even though the ending is enough to bring a tear.

Her depair is tangible when she knows she is to die,
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fascinating 23 April 2014
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I am currently reading this volume and as I have long been fascinated with the Six Wives, this is a dream come true. A truly amazing read, from contemporary sources, you get to discover the real Anne Boleyn. However, much of it is, of course, in Tudor English so it does take some concentration. Nevertheless, it is worth sticking with because it takes you as a reader, straight back to those dark, dangerous and mysterious days. Was she really as bad as her enemies would have us believe, or was she a merely just a misunderstood and maybe naive woman? Afterall, she did provide England with one of our greatest Queens. Well educated and worldly, her intelligence belies this, but it is to the reader to conclude. Recommend to historians and general readers alike.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastically useful!!! 21 Jan 2014
This book is a valuable resource for anyone interested in Anne Boleyn, but a MUST for those doing research. It's tremendously convenient to have the letters, papers, and other sources all in one place, ordered according to date, and Elizabeth Norton's introductions are excellent. I was drowning in paper before this book came out; now I just keep the collection beside me on my desk. Thanks, Elizabeth Norton, for putting your time, energy, knowledge and intellect into this much-needed collection! Susan Bordo
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5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Boleyn 20 Jan 2014
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This book arrived very quickly and it is a wonderful little compendium of facts about Anne Boleyn and her unfortunate demise, a must read for all Anne Boleyn fans.
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5.0 out of 5 stars The Anne Boleyn Papers 8 Nov 2013
By Sylwia S. Zupanec - Published on Amazon.com
This is a paperback edition of "Anne Boleyn In Her Own Words & the Words of Those Who Knew Her". I think it's a useful resource if you are seriously interested in Anne Boleyn; it's a collection of contemporary and near-contemporary sources. Although most of her contemporaries strongly disliked her, it's important to know what kind of feelings did Anne inspire in people who knew her. I also believe that contemporary sources (reports of the resident ambassadors, for instance) written at the time are more valuable than later works written by authors who were trying to please Anne's daughter, Queen Elizabeth.
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5.0 out of 5 stars LOVE IT! 5 Nov 2013
By Tanya - Published on Amazon.com
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Great for the reader who wants primary source information on Anne. It puts all of the documents about her in one place, at your fingertips.
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Anne Boleyn 1 Nov 2013
By MissDaisyAnne - Published on Amazon.com
Source: Free copy from Amberley Publishing for the purpose of review.

Anne Boleyn became Henry's second wife during a tumultuous period of Henry VIII's reign. After many years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon, one child lived to adulthood, the princess Mary. Henry knew he was capable of fathering a son, his mistress Bessie Blount had delivered a healthy son. Henry was desperate to have a son as his heir. His obsession to bed Anne Boleyn---which led to her insisting they marry---which meant he had to divorce Catherine and divorce was not legal under Roman Catholicism. All of this was high drama in the royal court. This was also a domino affect in Henry's family dynamics. Princess Mary Tudor was an heir and in favor, she was out of favor and a bastard; Catherine of Aragon was queen, then she was not queen but cast aside; Anne Boleyn was Henry's muse and obsession, then he was bored and angered with her, so off to the Tower she went.

Elizabeth Norton, in the introduction states that "it would be impossible to include all the surviving information in one volume". Norton, with precise fashion has arranged a wonderful account of Anne's life through its collection of papers. Beginning with a short biography of Anne Boleyn, then the following chapters give an accurate historical record of Anne, Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor, and others.

I've read several books on Anne Boleyn. This is the first book I've read that in its entirety is an account of her life through letters, memoirs, poems. Most of the documents are written by historical "contemporaries" of her period, those who knew her personally and many who hated her with vengeance. Reading what eyewitnesses stated about her, even if some of them were a bit slanted to one side; reading what Anne wrote in letters to Henry or a friend; I feel this book breathed a life into Anne that I'd not felt before in other accounts of her life. I feel at ease with a book that shows me the "real" Anne, not a fictional account, but her very presence.

My favorite account of Anne Boleyn was written (interesting enough) by her enemy, Eustace Chapuys. He hated her, yet his account of Anne is detailed and fascinating.
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