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5.0 out of 5 stars the best book on Anne Boleyn
Without doubt the best, most researched and biggest biography on Anne, this includes absolutely everything and is a really easy read with lots of pictures of Tudor portraits and belongings. A must for anyone seriously interested in Anne, or wanting to know more
Published on 28 Dec 2002

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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in parts, verging on mediocre in others
Whilst there is no denying Ives' astonishingly in-depth research into some of the more intimate details of Anne Boleyn's life, as well as a thought-provoking and sympathetic apraisal of her political role in the 1520s/30s there are other parts of the biography which suffer enormously.
Ives fails to tackle the contentious issue of when Anne Boleyn was born -...
Published on 19 Feb 2003 by Gareth Russell


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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars the best book on Anne Boleyn, 28 Dec 2002
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Without doubt the best, most researched and biggest biography on Anne, this includes absolutely everything and is a really easy read with lots of pictures of Tudor portraits and belongings. A must for anyone seriously interested in Anne, or wanting to know more
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3.0 out of 5 stars Excellent in parts, verging on mediocre in others, 19 Feb 2003
Whilst there is no denying Ives' astonishingly in-depth research into some of the more intimate details of Anne Boleyn's life, as well as a thought-provoking and sympathetic apraisal of her political role in the 1520s/30s there are other parts of the biography which suffer enormously.
Ives fails to tackle the contentious issue of when Anne Boleyn was born - historians are currently divided as to whether it was 1501 or 1507. There are compelling arguments to be made for both (Paget sets out a very strong case for 1501 in his 'The Youth of Anne Boleyn' whereas Retha M. Warnicke sets out an equally strong case for 1507 in 'The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn.') Ives concedes that 'whilst most authorities have favoured 1507' it is '1501 which is correct.' He does not say why, he feels, 1501 is right and 1507 is not.
Ives fails to discuss the theories of other historians in any great length, although the biography was useful in that it opened up the debate for other historians. R.M. Warnicke was particularly incensed by this book and her 'Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn' is in direct response to Ives' work.
The book is interesting and informative in parts but it by no means deserve the accolade of 'definitive biography.' In a subject as controversial and enigmatic as Anne Boleyn such a thing, I doubt, will ever exist.
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