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3.0 out of 5 stars
good, but a bit disappointing overall, 3 Jan 2009
First, the positives. The book itself is beautifully presented, with many well-chosen pictures and a very nice dust jacket cover. The writing is crisp, the author strives to present a balanced portrayal of Anne, and she does engage with some primary source material to reach her conclusions.
However, maybe I have read too many books about Anne Boleyn, but there did not seem to much new here, and with constant speculative phrases like "Anne certainly would have thought or felt this", the book came off as a bit oversimplified and unsophisticated.
For me, Eric Ives' book on Anne Boleyn is still the definitive work, and probably will remain so, even after G.W. Bernard publishes his own full length work on Anne later this year, which will undoubtedly seek to discredit much of the previous marvellous work that has been done on the subject of Anne Boleyn.
Overall, if someone is looking for a well written concise introduction to Anne Boleyn, this would be a good choice. But a person like me, who has read nearly every book on Anne Boleyn that has been published, is probably going to be left wanting more.