Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII's Obsession Paperback – 15 Jul 2009
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About the Author
Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. She has written many books on the Tudors and England’s Queens for Amberley. She lives in Kingston Upon Thames.
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Why litter your book with so much supposition about Anne's feelings when there is enough material out there not to rely on supposition?
The fact that Elizabeth Norton has written a book on Anne Boleyn and these two questions need to be asked means that I give it one star instead of two.
Lovers of the historical novel would probably love it but serious historians should avoid it like the sweating sickness!
However I felt this book deserves it. After reading things such as "Anne would have felt.....", "Anne probably........", "Anne maybe..........." and "Anne wouldnt have........." (I am sure you get the picture) for what seemed the hundredth time in less than one Chapter I totally lost heart with this book. I was left wondering how much research the author had actually accomplished as the pages of this book are just full of the groundless supposition and the unsubstantiated opinion of the author.
I have given it 2 stars simply because I enjoyed the colour photographs contained in the book.
I bitterly regret wasting money on this book. I have never been so disappointed with a book on Anne Boleyn and, as a huge fan of Anne Boleyn and the Tudors, I have read most of them.
If you too want to start reading academically about Anne, start with this book and then move onto the hardcore stuff.
Although there was a clear sexual element to Henry's relationship with Anne, the conflict with Rome over "The King's Great Matter" and his desire to produce a son were political in nature. Henry had convinced himself Catherine of Aragon's failure to produce a male heir was God's judgement for marrying his dead brother's wife, this was simply the occasion of a conflict driven by the need to secure Tudor dynasty, which had only come to power less than half a century earlier.
Catherine knew there wasn't enough room in her marriage for three and, although Anne was initially only one of such threes, the King became obsessed with her. Unfortunately the divine right of Kings meant he could have her - one way or another. It was reciprocated by Anne's political ambition to have the King as a husband and herself acknowledged as Queen. To do that she needed to supplant the King's existing spouse in his affections and his bed.
Anne Boleyn was a politician playing the politicians' game in an era when losing the game could mean losing one's life. The courtiers, including the Bishops, played their part, some winning, others losing, with a range of hidden agendas acting as motivations in the thirst for power.
This does not deny the sincerity of those involved but politics is a dirty business which at times is barely dressed in civility and still remains fuelled by intense personal dislikes. The names have changed but the canvas remains the same. In the end Anne failed to produce the son Henry needed and the King's affections moved to another equally ambitious lady for whom only marriage would suffice.
Elizabeth Norton, who is writing a similar volume about Jane Seymour, covers the ground in an easy readable style. Unfortunately, she intersperses facts with subjective phrases such as "Anne must have" when this is little more than speculation on Norton's part. I'm sure the book will be well received by female readers for whom the celebrity approach to history remains an attractive proposition.
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.