- Paperback: 348 pages
- Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (30 April 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 147526612X
- ISBN-13: 978-1475266122
- Product Dimensions: 14 x 2.2 x 21.6 cm
- Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 675,049 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown Paperback – 30 Apr 2012
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About the Author
Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books "George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat" (co-written with Clare Cherry), "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". Claire's latest release is "Sweating Sickness in a Nutshell". 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 author and loves connecting with Tudor history fans, and helping authors and aspiring authors. Claire is also the founder of The Tudor Society. To find her on the web, please visit: www.theanneboleynfiles.com www.tudorsociety.com Claire is also on Twitter (@anneboleynfiles) and Facebook (theanneboleynfiles). --This text refers to an alternate Paperback edition.
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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.
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.Read more ›
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Concise and well-researched, this is a gem you don't want to miss! Whether you want just a cursory look at Anne Boleyn's fall or are interested in a day-by-day account, Ridgway's... Read morePublished 6 days ago by Adrienne Dillard
What I liked so much about this book is it is so easy to dip in and out of, it is presented in a diary format which makes it easy to absorb, as some historical biographies and... Read morePublished 18 months ago by James
Queen Anne Boleyn, six fingered witch or dark eyed woman of wit and intelligence? This is an endlessly debated question and the topic of countless novels and academic books. Read morePublished 19 months ago by Mary Josefina Cade
Good read about one of the most interesting females of the Tudor era. I would recommend this book to all avid Tudor buffsPublished 19 months ago by Peter Wilson
I love all things Tudor and this was no exemption.
Brilliantly written and as always I feel so sorry for Anne Boleyn, beheaded on trumped up charges, and let down by her... Read more
If you want to know all about the wonderful AB then look no further! This book is so well researched and a riveting read. Read morePublished on 26 Sept. 2014 by elaine white
First of all, I must say that I was very impressed with the speed of delivery of this item. I received an email to say when it would be and it was nice and early. Read morePublished on 25 May 2014 by Fionanorm
A great, easy to read book about one of my favourite figures in history. Very enjoyable and insightful. Thank you.Published on 24 May 2014 by RodgieK
This was a madly frustrating book to read. There seemed to be no set timeline meaning that often parts of the text of historical documents were repeated which was annoying. Read morePublished on 18 May 2014 by Southernscribe