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I couldn't wait for the next chapter!,
This review is from: The Lady In The Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn (Queen of England Series) (Hardcover)
Once I started, I couldn't wait to read the next chapter! Having already studied the executed Queen I didn't expect to be surprised, but this book changed my mind with regard to Henry's involvement in her fall, and the legacy left to their daughter, Elizabeth. Whilst Anne's removal was timely for Henry he was probably not the instigator of her destruction and he believed, as did almost everyone at the time, that she was actually capable of treason, incest, witchcraft etc. Indeed, Anne's reputation was so tarnished that it makes Elizabeth's survival and eventual succession even more astonishing. Whatever Anne's faults, we still can't help but pity her in those last anxious weeks, leading up to a beheading where `Death is not instantaneous: every element survives decapitation. It is a savage vivisection'.
Alison Weir has a wonderful talent to tell a story in a way which is both academic and highly accessible. She re-creates the factions and intrigues of the Tudor Court, so that meticulously researched history reads like a novel. Even if you think you know about the fall of Anne Boleyn there is something new to find here!
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Initial post: 9 Feb 2010, 13:15:38 GMT
C. Wilson says:
yes, you see I didn't get this! I could see that Alison Weir was trying to build the argument that Henry was not the main instigator of Anne's downfall but from everything that was said and done it seemed clear that he was! OK so Cromwell did the dirty work. But she does say that Henry had been considering ways to get rid of Anne for a while before this all kicked off and knowing what we know about Henry VIII he doesn't seem a like man who would shy away from an unpleasant task. He had to have her dead - not just divorced so if the book has one weakness - and it is superb - this would be it for me. But I am re-reading it.
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