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A compelling story of the last days of one of history’s most charismatic, controversial and tragic heroines – Anne Boleyn.

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. She was executed on 19 May 1536.
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?
Following the coronation of her daughter Elizabeth I in 1558, Anne was venerated as a heroine of the English Reformation. Over the centuries, her dramatic story has inspired many artistic and cultural works and has remained ever-vivid in England’s popular memory.
Never before has there been a book devoted entirely to Anne Boleyn’s fall. Alison Weir has reassessed the evidence and created a richly researched and detailed portrait of the last days of one of the most influential and important figures in English history.

Reviews

She makes the dense historical facts totally readable and creates an exciting narrative.

Sarah Clarke, Torbay Bookshop, The Bookseller

Weir sets the record straight in her captivating, intelligent, no-nonsense prose...Weir weaves in enough information to ensure that the events of 1536 are properly contextualised...even readers with no prior knowledge will be drawn into the human drama, for this is vintage Weir: a thrilling episode of history superbly related and treated with penetrating analysis and a great dollop of common sense [...] valuable perspective.

Jessie Childs, Literary Review

The Lady in the Tower remains fresh and suspenseful

Lisa Hilton, Independent on Sunday

She [Alison Weir] is to be congratulated on her impartiality and sound judgement

BBC History Magazine

Weir shows admirable forensic skills

Mark Bostridge, Times Literary Supplement

Engaging... anyone who has been attracted to the Tudors through the cinema or television will enjoy making the transition from entertainment to history by reading her account

Irish Times

...Is the perfect examination of Anne's downfall

BBC History Magazine

An episode of political history that has at its heart a more timeless drama- the story of the cherished mistress turned scorned wife

The Independent

Patiently, carefully, Weir unpicks the case against the queen - and researcher but also a graceful and engaging writer, it makes for compelling reading

Arminta Wallace, The Irish Times

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    9780712640176

    August 2, 2010

    Vintage

    544 pages

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    9781446449042

    August 2, 2010

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