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The Creation of Anne Boleyn: In Search of the Tudors' Most Notorious Queen
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The Creation of Anne Boleyn: In Search of the Tudors' Most Notorious Queen [Kindle Edition]

Susan Bordo
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'Eloquent…Strong and discerning.' Natalie Dormer, actress, Anne Boleyn in the BBC series ‘The Tudors’

‘Energetic and delightful... Bordo has reclaimed Anne for a new generation.’ Amy Licence, author of In Bed with the Tudors

‘With telling quotations and a piquant sense of humour, Susan Bordo offers readers a fascinating and intelligent insight into historical story-telling. Incisive and perceptive.’ Susan Doran, University of Oxford, author of The Tudor Chronicles

‘Bearing her scholarship lightly and writing with fire and wit, Susan Bordo asks a profound question: what is real in history? A smashing book.’ Howard Brenton, author and playwright of Anne Boleyn

‘Deeply innovative, insightful and multi-layered... turns previously conceived notions on their heads. Highly recommended.’ Elizabeth Norton, author of The Boleyn Women

‘By turns sassy and serious, playful and profound, Susan Bordo cuts through the layers of legend, fantasy and untruth that history and culture have attached to Anne Boleyn, while proving that the facts about that iconic queen are every bit as intriguing as the fictions.’ Caroline Weber, author of Queen of Fashion: What Marie Antoinette Wore to the Revolution

'Bordo has pulled off an important coup... reminds us that, while history is fascinating, so is the history of history. Enthralling.’Derek Wilson, author of A Brief History of Henry VIII

'Beautiful, intelligent and true.’ Geneviève Bujold, actress, Anne Boleyn in Anne of the Thousand Days

'Delightfully cheeky, solidly researched.’ The Daily Beast

'A great read for Boleyn fans and fanatics alike.’ Kirkus Reviews

'Entertaining [and] provocative.’ The Boston Globe

'Refreshing, iconoclastic and moving. It is rare to find a book that rouses one to scholarly glee, feminist indignation and empathetic tears, but this is such a book.'
Suzannah Lipscomb, broadcaster and author of 1536

'Moving, disconcerting and exhilarating… The Creation of Anne Boleyn exemplifies some of the qualities that even Anne’s enemies allowed her: it is passionate, quarrelsome and intelligent… I loved it.'
Literary Review

'By her own confession, philosopher Susan Bordo is obsessed with Anne Boleyn. The very cover of her new book alerts the reader to the fact they are about to experience something more than straightforward history… This isn't just a narrative of the controversies of Anne's life, although Bordo achieves that with clarity and insight, it is an energetic and delightful deconstruction of Anne as an icon, for a post-modern audience… Without question, this book is going to prove controversial...Bordo's style will embrace a whole new readership and strides boldly into new territory… Even for those who come to the text with a background in the period, there are still surprising discoveries to be made in the way that the Victorians perceived Anne and her feisty post-war construction… Perhaps most enjoyable of all is the personal nature of The Creation of Anne Boleyn. Readers are invited to accompany Bordo on her own voyage of discovery, sharing her own experiences in the search for Anne, from being hit by a London bus to her conversations with actress Natalie Dormer… Recent years have seen far too much belittling of popular history and Bordo bravely strides into the no-man's land between serious historical narratives and the perceived "dumbing-down" of shows designed to entertain. The Creation of Anne Boleyn represents a new approach to an old topic, an iconoclastic study of how modern culture has appropriated the sixteenth century for its own purposes. Bordo has reclaimed Anne for a new generation.'
Huffington Post

'Lively… an interesting and timely reappraisal of representations of Anne in the years since her death.'
Sunday Telegraph

'Engrossing… a fascinating discussion.'
New York Times

'If you think you know who Anne Boleyn was, think again. Rigorously argued yet deliciously readable...Bordo knocks it out of the park. Brava!' Robin Maxwell, author of The Secret Diary of Anne

'Meticulous, thoughtful, persuasive – and fun.'
Margaret George, author of The Autobiography of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I

'An exposé of Tudor history as tittle-tattle: A jaunty canter through all the wildly differing views of Anne Boleyn across the centuries.'
Mail on Sunday

'Bordo does a superb job of separating fact from fiction in contemporary accounts of Boleyn’s life, before deftly deconstructing the myriad and contradictory portraits of her that have arisen in the centuries since her death.'
Publishers Weekly

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Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne's life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination.

Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really even look like?! And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne's death more than her life. How could Henry order the execution of a once beloved wife? Drawing on scholarship and popular culture Bordo probes the complexities of one of history's most infamous relationships.

In her inimitable, straight-talking style Bordo dares to confront the established histories, stepping off the well-trodden paths of Tudoriana to expertly tease out the human being behind the myths.

About the Author

Susan Bordo is the Otis A. Singletary Chair in the Humanities at the University of Kentucky. Her book Unbearable Weight has become a classic of feminist cultural studies. She is also the author of The Flight to Objectivity and The Male Body. She lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with her husband and daughter.
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