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- Listening Length: 12 hours and 4 minutes
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- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.co.uk Release Date: 25 Mar. 2014
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00J5PATNY
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The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen Audio Download – Unabridged
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The second part concentrates on how we, her public down the centuries, have interpreted her story in all its complexity, in fiction, in film, on TV and in biography. This endless fascination has rendered her simultaneously both extremely familiar and utterly unknowable.Read more ›
Admittedly, certain sections didn't interest me as much as others. I was far more fascinated by the modern re-imaginings of Anne than the sections on the early plays about her, for example, but that's just personal interests coming to bear. I was pretty astonished when Bordo writes that at talks when she asks people what do they know about Anne the top responses were still the gossipy falsities concocted by the likes of hostile writers such as Catholic propagandist Nicholas Sanders (who, in any case, wrote decades after Anne's death and never met her) - the old six fingers, witchcraft, incest, adultery chestnuts. I couldn't quite believe that with all the research that has been done in the past few decades to disprove and dispel much of this nonsense that the baseless myths still cling on with a tight grip in the public consciousness.
This is why books like The Creation of Anne Boleyn are important. Some academics sniff at "popular histories", written for the accessibility of the general reader in mind, but I think their importance cannot be overstated. The Creation of Anne Boleyn cuts through the fog of rumour and scandal to present the facts and get people to think about why they maybe should question the reliability of sources from the past. Bordo approaches Anne from the perspective of an expert in gender studies, not a traditional historian, and explores not only historical Anne but her connection to later people, and how she is reinterpreted and used by later groups with their own worldview.
It's a smooth, easy read that I tore through in a couple of days, it was that much of a page-turner.
The Creation of Anne Boleyn looks into the reasons behind the current view that the world has of the most notorious of Henry VIII's Queens, Anne Boleyn. Looking into the modern interpretations of Anne's character.
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I don't often actually read non-fiction books, but this one was very easy to read, interesting and captivating. I particularly liked the way which Bordo took the different Annes in fiction and TV/film and deconstructed them, showing where the image of them came from.
I particularly liked the chapter on the Showtime TV show, The Tudors, and Natalie Dormer's portrayal of Anne. In all of the books and shows that I have seen, her performance of Anne is by far my favourite, despite the blaring inaccuracies in the show as an entirety. I was slightly surprised to see that Bordo seemed to agree with me as far as the second series is concerned, mainly because of the complexities that Dormer brought to the role.
Bordo didn't seem to be too critical, and though she did express her own opinion she also gave both sides of the argument about what Anne (or any other person was like). Even the opinions that disagreed with her own.
Basically Bordo didn't just look at the facts of what happened, which is basically inconclusive, but also the views of people now, and through the other ages where Anne was portrayed in fiction/film. The book is split into three parts, the history, the fictional Annes, and then the public opinion of her.
If you're interested in the Tudors, or in Anne Boleyn, then this is a definite must read!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Interesting book about Anne's image over the centuries..the writer enjoys debunking the views of othe historians.Published 13 months ago by cloche
Well worth a read ..a balanced view.Highly entertaining.Published 17 months ago by stephen paul copping
Quite excellent. The passion of the author for the subject shines through. Well written, well researched. An interesting take on the story of Anne Boleyn. Read morePublished on 31 Mar. 2014 by Pierre Valentin
Anne Boleyn has been alive and well in the public imagination for five hundred years, and interest in her hasn't abated one bit. Read morePublished on 21 Jan. 2014 by P. B. Sharp
'The Creation of Anne Boleyn' does exactly what it says it does. It shows how we can take a woman, about whom little is really known, and how her personality and motivations have... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2014 by Clare Louise
The Creation of Anne Boleyn is only minimally a biography of Anne Boleyn. Instead, much of the focus is placed on the stories and mystique surrounding this famous queen, and how... Read morePublished on 20 Jan. 2014 by Ilana Leah
A brilliant book that is as easy to read as it is informative. I recommend that anyone interested in the subject of Anne Boleyn use this book as a guide to what else to read/... Read morePublished on 2 Oct. 2013 by The Moost Happi
Wow what a book. Like so many of the most interesting characters in history - all is not what it seems. Anne Boleyn is no exception. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2013 by Kerry M