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The complete letters, dispatches and chronicles that tell the real story of Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, caused comment wherever she went. Through the chronicles, letters and dispatches written by both Anne and her contemporaries, it is possible to see her life and thoughts as she struggled to become queen of England, ultimately ending her lifeThe complete letters, dispatches and chronicles that tell the real story of Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, caused comment wherever she went. Through the chronicles, letters and dispatches written by both Anne and her contemporaries, it is possible to see her life and thoughts as she struggled to become queen of England, ultimately ending her life on the scaffold. Only through the original sources is it truly possible to evaluate the real Anne. George Wyatt's Life of Queen Anne provided the first detailed account of the queen, based on the testimony of those that knew her. The poems of Anne's supposed lover, Thomas Wyatt, as well as accounts such as Cavendish's Life of Wolsey also give details of her life, as do the hostile dispatches of the Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys and the later works of the slanderous Nicholas Slander and Nicholas Harpsfield. Henry VIII's love letters and many of Anne's own letters survive, providing an insight into the love affair that changed England forever. The reports on Anne's conduct in the Tower of London show the queen's shock and despair when she realised that she was to die. Collected together for the first time, these and other sources make it possible to view the real Anne Boleyn through her own words and those of her contemporaries....

Title : Anne Boleyn: In Her Own Wordsthe Words of Those Who Knew Her
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ISBN : 9781445600437
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Number of Pages : 384 Pages
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Anne Boleyn: In Her Own Wordsthe Words of Those Who Knew Her Reviews

  • Roman Clodia
    2019-02-25 09:13

    This isn't yet another biography on Anne Boleyn, but instead collects many of the sources that historians rely on to `read' Anne. Norton's work is, therefore, an interesting departure and might be especially intriguing for readers who are not used to working with primary source texts.Norton keeps her commentary to a minimum but does insert some common-sense warnings about the agendas that underpin some of these texts, and the way in which they slant their biases.My caveat is that quite a few of these texts were originally written in other languages than English (e.g. about half of Henry's love letters to Anne were in French, ambassadorial despatches were in Italian, Spanish or Latin), so that just by translating them, we're already manipulating, even unintentionally, their textual basis - that can't be avoided, of course, in a book for the UK market but it is worth bearing in mind.So a useful collection - recommended for anyone interested in Anne Boleyn and receptions of her life.

  • Annette
    2019-03-04 09:09

    Source: Free copy from Amberley Publishing for the purpose of review.Anne Boleyn became Henry's second wife during a tumultuous period of Henry VIII's reign. After many years of marriage to Catherine of Aragon, one child lived to adulthood, the princess Mary. Henry knew he was capable of fathering a son, his mistress Bessie Blount had delivered a healthy son. Henry was desperate to have a son as his heir. His obsession to bed Anne Boleyn---which led to her insisting they marry---which meant he had to divorce Catherine and divorce was not legal under Roman Catholicism. All of this was high drama in the royal court. This was also a domino affect in Henry's family dynamics. Princess Mary Tudor was an heir and in favor, she was out of favor and a bastard; Catherine of Aragon was queen, then she was not queen but cast aside; Anne Boleyn was Henry's muse and obsession, then he was bored and angered with her, so off to the Tower she went.Elizabeth Norton, in the introduction states that "it would be impossible to include all the surviving information in one volume". Norton, with precise fashion has arranged a wonderful account of Anne's life through its collection of papers. Beginning with a short biography of Anne Boleyn, then the following chapters give an accurate historical record of Anne, Henry VIII, Catherine of Aragon, Mary Tudor, and others.I've read several books on Anne Boleyn. This is the first book I've read that in its entirety is an account of her life through letters, memoirs, poems. Most of the documents are written by historical "contemporaries" of her period, those who knew her personally and many who hated her with vengeance. Reading what eyewitnesses stated about her, even if some of them were a bit slanted to one side; reading what Anne wrote in letters to Henry or a friend; I feel this book breathed a life into Anne that I'd not felt before in other accounts of her life. I feel at ease with a book that shows me the "real" Anne, not a fictional account, but her very presence.

  • Sarah -
    2019-03-08 07:00

    I rather liked reading Henry's letters, despite the fact that they were to Anne Boleyn. It showed a different side to him than the tyrant we have all come to know through the ages. Of course, it is no secret that I am not a fan of Anne herself, though. It was interesting to see what her contemporaries had to say about her rise and fall, and to see how clearly they were all biased one way or the other. I in particular enjoy reading Chapuys' letters, though his bias is obvious, because without them there would be far less known of Anne's life. It's unfortunate that her letters to Henry did not survive, and that many of her letters in general did not, either. The ones that have, unfortunately, can not all be authenticated. I'd like to think that the letter purporting to be from Anne to Henry while she was in the Tower is real, because as the text states, if there was anyone who had the guts to write while in such a precarious position, it certainly would have been Anne Boleyn. She is not an admirable figure in any other way, but at least one might say she was brave.

  • Sarah Bryson
    2019-03-10 12:18

    I was very excited when I first heard about this book by Elizabeth Norton. I have a copy of the love letters Henry VIII wrote to Anne Boleyn and also copies in other books of letters written by Anne or about her, but I did not have any book which compiled all of these valuable resources together. Often when researching or simply trying to find out something about Anne I would have to skip from one book to another looking for a particular letter or document; while the more books the merrier, I have to admit it was a little time consuming. Now for the first time I have all of the letters, documents, accounts of Anne Boleyn’s life etc. compiled into one fantastic book. I absolutely adored reading this book. It was marvellous to get such in depth details and accounts of Anne Boleyn and her life from her own letters, sources close to her and from accounts written in the years following her death. Within the pages of this book Norton not only included the accounts that were most favourable to Anne, she also included biographies and records that spoke ill of Anne and tried to cast her life in a very negative shadow. I thought this was quite an intelligent inclusion as it gave the reader a chance to decide their own thoughts and feelings about Anne Boleyn and the type of woman she was.Although I must state that I do not believe this is one book that necessarily needs to be read from cover to cover. At the beginning of each letter, document, account etc. Norton includes a short summary of why the letter was written, whom it was written by, when it was written etc. etc. This gives the reader the ability to jump from one chapter to another, from one account of Anne’s life to another and still be able to understand the context of the letter or document. I think rather than a book to be read from front cover to back, this would be better used as a resource book. The reader has the ability to search through the book to find out a particular piece of information they are searching for or to simply flick to a page and read something that catches their interest. Norton also includes a selection of stunning photographs and images within her book. These images are not just of Anne Boleyn but also of other people who were prominent in her life, places that she lived and also images of the actual letters Anne wrote. All of these images are very interesting and quite beautiful and most certainly worth having a good look at. They add a great deal to the book as these images give the reader a chance to picture the place or person which a letter or document talks about. The only downside to this book would have to be the font size. I purchased the hard copy version of this book and I found that the font size of the text was so tiny that sometimes I had to squint when reading. It was almost ridiculous how small the text was! I am not sure if the text was made this small to save on printing costs or exactly why the text was so tiny, but it would have been a little easier to read if the text was one or two sizes larger. Yet I have to say if this is the only complaint I have about the book then it is a rather trivial one! Elizabeth Norton’s book is a fantastic resource to any lover of Anne Boleyn or in fact any person interested in Tudor history. It is easy enough to read as I do not think the reader is required to read it from front to back, but has the ability to skip from chapter to chapter as they wish. I am very glad that I purchased this book and already I have found it a valuable resource which compiles all of the letters, accounts and documents related to Anne Boleyn in one easy to access book.

  • Helene Harrison
    2019-02-23 04:55

    ISBN? - 9781445600437General Subject/s? - History / Tudors / Anne BoleynTitle? - The title suggests a book of primary sources and it certainly doesn't disappoint. There are very few surviving sources in Anne's hand but the others are just as valuable.General Analysis? - This is a great book and a must-have for scholars of Anne Boleyn, as it includes all of the major sources, by Eustace Chapuys, George Wyatt, John Foxe, the love letters and George Constantine, among others. The Chapuys letters are particularly interesting as they have not been adapted as they have on British History Online, the major source for Henry VIII. All in all, a great resource.Recommend? - Yes, particularly for anyone interested in Anne Boleyn, but also those with a general interest in Henry VIII and the Tudors.

  • James
    2019-03-07 08:57

    In The Anne Boleyn Papers Elizabeth Norton has compiled every letter written by Anne- or said to be written by her- letters to Anne from Henry VIII and all the accounts relating to Anne from her life and in the years following her death. Norton also includes negative accounts on Anne, giving the reader a balanced view. This book is great for those interested in history, and particularly Anne Boleyn. It has all the primary sources concerning Anne, and gives the reader as much a clear view on Anne as they can possibly get.

  • Barbara Lynn Johnson
    2019-03-05 08:15

    Very good and interesting book about Anne and the people who knew Anne Boleyn. Great read and I recommend the book.

  • Deborah
    2019-02-26 11:56

    Excellent, researched based, extensive primary and secondary reference list.