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The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown

The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown [Kindle Edition]

Claire Ridgway
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During the spring of 1536 in Tudor England, events conspire to bring down Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England. The coup against the Queen results in the brutal executions of six innocent people – Anne Boleyn herself, her brother, and four courtiers – and the rise of a new Queen.

Drawing on sixteenth century letters, eye witness accounts and chronicles, Claire Ridgway leads the reader through the sequence of chilling events one day at a time, telling the true story of Anne Boleyn’s fall. The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown is presented in a diary format, allowing readers to dip in, look up a particular date, or read from start to finish. Special features include mini biographies of those involved, a timeline of events and full referencing.

Claire Ridgway, creator of The Anne Boleyn Files website and author of The Anne Boleyn Collection, continues her mission to share the real truth about Anne Boleyn.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 396 KB
  • Print Length: 348 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MadeGlobal Publishing; 1 edition (25 April 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007XTRO64
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (52 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #53,647 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books ON THIS DAY IN TUDOR HISTORY, THE FALL OF ANNE BOLEYN: A COUNTDOWN, THE ANNE BOLEYN COLLECTION and THE ANNE BOLEYN COLLECTION II, as well as INTERVIEWS WITH INDIE AUTHORS: TOP TIPS FROM SUCCESSFUL SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS. Claire's latest release is GEORGE BOLEYN: TUDOR POET, COURTIER AND DIPLOMAT (co-written with Clare Cherry). Claire was also involved in the English translation and editing of Edmond Bapst's 19th century French biography of George Boleyn and Henry Howard, now available as TWO GENTLEMAN POETS AT THE COURT OF HENRY VIII.

Claire worked in education and freelance writing before creating The Anne Boleyn Files history website and becoming a full-time history researcher, blogger and author. The Anne Boleyn Files is known for its historical accuracy and Claire's mission to get to the truth behind Anne Boleyn's story. Her writing is easy-to-read and conversational, and readers often comment on how reading Claire's books is like having a coffee with her and chatting about history.

Claire is a best-selling indie author and loves connecting with Tudor history fans, and helping authors and aspiring authors.

To find her on the web, please visit:

Claire is also on Twitter (@anneboleynfiles or @authorinterview) and Facebook (theanneboleynfiles and InterviewsWithIndieAuthors).

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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Well Researched BUT....... 26 May 2012
By John
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As a day by day account of the last days of Ann Boleyn,Claire Ridgway has done a good job.

My main grouse is the standard of her writing. Her overuse of exclamation marks throughout are typical of GCSE level students and she certainly enjoys sprinkling plenty of cliches throughout the text e.g. 'The King was head over heels in love with Mary.'Or 'Talk about keeping your options open!' and again, 'Talk about moving fast!'

I lost count of the number of times she wrote, 'We will never know!' and too often I found her style of prose clumsy and banal e.g. 'I, for one, am not jumping to conclusions' and again, 'It gives me the goosebumps!' and again,'Poor Ann!' or 'Spooky!'

Why did the sentence 'The men spent their time praying to their Father in Heaven' need those last 5 words? and 'Queen Ann Boleyn had gone to a better place' certainly amused me. No she hadn't - she was dead!

Ok so I'm being picky. The book does what it says on the cover and Claire Ridgway certainly has an enthusiasm for history. I just feel she needs better critical feedback from her publisher.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant! 1 Dec 2013
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Informative, well researched and I couldn't put it down. As a self confessed 'Anne Boleyn fan' I have read countless books on her and found this one in my opinion one of the best.
It delves deeper into the events of 1536 and looks at it from all angles.
Well worth a read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Another 'Must Buy' from Claire 30 Oct 2013
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Claire Ridgeway has written 3 of the best books I have purchased in the last 12 months and they are all about my favorite period in history The Tudors. couple that with the website and facebook pages and you have a very busy woman thankfully for the rest of us! I highly recommend this and all of her books if your heavily into the Tudors or just wanting to dip your toe in the water. Buy It!!!!!!
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5.0 out of 5 stars the fall of Anne Boleyn 9 Oct 2013
By Katrina
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An amazing and captivating book which really gives you true insight into Anne Boleyns final days. How on earth she ate breakfast before knowing she was going to die. Just an amazing woman. Claire writes this book in an easy to read yet factual way. We'll done Claire !
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A passionate account 3 Oct 2012
By Marcia
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This is a book that is written with real passion, whilst also informing the reader of the key facts. The style is colloquial in places, but that is a large part of its charm and makes the book extremely readable - there is nothing dry about history here. Fact and opinion are clearly separated, and this helps the reader to make up their own mind about the main question of who was responsible for Anne Boleyn's death. The timeline and the summaries of the key characters at the beginning of the book are especially informative and useful as they give key facts simply and without lots of wordy waffle.
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7 of 9 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic introduction 27 Oct 2012
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Claire Ridgway's book "The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown" is the perfect introduction for those who are interested in Anne Boleyn's downfall, but perhaps bewildered by the proliferation of contradictory accounts and opinions. Ridgway manages to get her own views across in a pacy and conversational style, while neatly balancing the historiography and wealth of differing opinions (at the time and today) about what happened to Anne Boleyn and why. If you're interested in Tudor history, and in 1536 in particular, but feel overwhelmed by the academia or the intensity of the debates, then "The Fall of Anne Boleyn" is absolutely the book for you. It's enjoyable, heartfelt, accessible and thought-provoking.
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16 of 21 people found the following review helpful
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I have ploughed my way through many books about Anne Boleyn and her spectacular fall in 1536. Many of those books were brilliant, some not so brilliant. Among the best are authors and historians such as Eric Ives whose biography of Anne is superb.
When I first heard about this book I wondered what would be so different about it that would make it stand out when so many books have already been written about Anne. I read it with a completely open mind, while wondering what I would gain from it. What I discovered was that I gained an enormous amount from it. Let's make it clear that this look at Anne's fall is not intended as an attempt to replicate what has gone before. Ives' biography of Anne, while superb, is not for a novice or the feint hearted! This is an entirely different approach to the subject. It is intended to be a clear, concise and easily digestible reference for Anne's fall, which I think achieves it's primary purpose.
It sets out a day to day diary of events building up to Anne's execution in May 1536, setting out details of the main characters involved. Most importantly of all it does so using all of the original source material available, with explanatory commentary by the author, Claire Ridgway. All angles of the story are looked at and researched, and all possible causes for the tragedy are investigated and dissected. But although Claire gives her personal views, backed up with compelling and logical argument, she makes it very clear that the story is open to different interpretations, meaning we as readers are allowed our own opinions, whilst fully appreciating the logic behind the writer's views.
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