The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

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The imprisonment and execution of Queen Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII's second wife, in May 1536 was unprecedented in English history. It was sensational in its day, and has exerted endless fascination over the minds of historians, novelists, dramatists, poets, artists and film-makers ever since.

Anne was imprisoned in the Tower of London on 2 May 1536, and tried and found guilty of high treason on 15 May. Her supposed crimes included adultery with five men, one her own brother, and plotting the King's death.

Mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to her arrest. Was it Henry VIII who, estranged from Anne, instructed Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell to fabricate evidence to get rid of her so that he could marry Jane Seymour? Or did Cromwell, for reasons of his own, construct a case against Anne and her faction, and then present compelling evidence before the King? Or was Anne, in fact, guilty as charged?

Never before has there been a book devoted entirely to Anne Boleyn's fall. Alison Weir has reassessed the evidence, demolished many romantic myths and popular misconceptions, and rewritten the story of Anne's fall, creating a richly researched and impressively detailed portrait of the dramatic last days of one of the most influential and important figures in English history.

Title:The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn
Edition Language:English
ISBN:9780224063197
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  • Ines

    It seems to me that a century has passed since the last book i reviewed here on GR, after weeks of nightmare where I could no longer pick up anything to read, it seems a paradox, being in lockdown her...

  • Madeline

    The Part of the Review In Which the Reviewer Rambles About Herself and Not the Book She's Reviewing:Lately, I like to insist that "I liked the Tudors before they were cool!" (yes, I am a history hipst...

  • Susan

    Alison Weir openly admits in this book that her interest in history began with the dramatic story of Anne Boleyn’s fall. This was the first account that was not a biography of Anne Boleyn, but conce...

  • Bibliomysterious BAM

    Read this several months ago, but found the audio at my library and just had to read it again. ...

  • Caroline

    I always enjoy Alison Weir's books, although I do tend to read them with a certain amount of reserve as she does have a tendency toward bias. She writes with a very clear, intelligent style, and her b...

  • Christine

    I’ve been reading Weir for years. I’ve read almost all of her books. The two I haven’t read yet, I have, and they are in my TBR pile. I picked up The Lady in the Tower at my local BJs (which so...

  • Hannah

    In this non-fiction book (her 5th on the Tudors), Weir zeros in on the last 3 months of the life of Anne Boleyn, arguably the most fascinating of Henry VIII's six wives. Anne, as most English history ...

  • Marian

    After some very meticulous research, Alison Weir has delivered a well balanced portrayal of the first English queen who was beheaded. She brings to light first person accounts of an event that was so ...

  • Anna

    Anne Boleyn is probably top 2 in my list of favorite historical personages. It's hard to find info about Anne Boleyn that I don't already know from being obsessed with her, and Weir did a great job of...

  • Wealhtheow

    Many books have been written on the Tudors, not least on Henry VIII's notorious second queen, Anne Boleyn. Weir revisits her subject with a closer focus, writing primarily on the last four months of A...