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  • Published: 7 May 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529149579
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $36.99
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Thorns, Lust and Glory

The betrayal of Anne Boleyn




An exciting new telling of the life of Anne Boleyn, using new archival research to reveal the woman behind the myth, from the acclaimed historian Dr Estelle Paranque.

A queen on the edge.

Anne Boleyn has mesmerised the English public for centuries. Her tragic execution, orchestrated by her own husband, never ceases to intrigue. How did this courtier's daughter become the queen of England, and what was it that really tore apart this illustrious marriage, making her the whore of England, an abandoned woman executed on the scaffold? While many stories of Anne Boleyn's downfall have been told, few have truly traced the origins of her tragic fate.

In Thorns, Lust and Glory, Estelle Paranque takes us back to where it all started: to France, where Anne learned the lessons that would set her on the path to becoming one of England's most infamous queens. At the court of the French king as a resourceful teenage girl, Anne's journey to infamy began, and this landmark biography explores the world that shaped her, and how these loyalties would leave her vulnerable, leading to her ruin at the court of Henry VIII.

A fascinating new perspective on Tudor history's most enduring story, Thorns, Lust and Glory is an unmissable account of a queen on the edge.

  • Published: 7 May 2024
  • ISBN: 9781529149579
  • Imprint: Ebury Press
  • Format: Trade Paperback
  • Pages: 304
  • RRP: $36.99
Categories:

About the author

Estelle Paranque

Dr Estelle Paranque is a Lecturer in Early Modern History at New College of the Humanities and earned a PhD in Early Modern European History from University College London in 2016. She was previously a Lecturer in the History Department of King's College London. She has participated in award-winning international historical documentaries, including Secrets d'Histoire (France 2/ France 3), and has appeared on BBC radio and TV, including Radio 4 Great Lives, and frequently appears on history podcasts including Viral History and Dan Snow's History Hit podcast.

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Praise for Thorns, Lust and Glory

A fascinating book that sheds new light on one of Tudor history’s most compelling and controversial characters

Tracy Borman

A provocative, impassioned and empathetic account of England’s most famous queen consort

Gareth Russell

An empathetic and moving study of a truly captivating Queen. Paranque has unveiled Anne Boleyn as you have never experienced her before. Enthralling.

Owen Emmerson

Anne Boleyn is one of the most famous of English Queens,and her life and reign has been the subejct of countless works. But in Estelle Paranque's assured hands, Anne emerges from the pages as never before. Paranque is highly compelling in her impressive and rigorous approach to a well traversed narrative, her utter command of undervalued historical context underscoring the more recondite elements of Anne's life, drawing on rare French sources to restore Anne to the very heart of Tudor foreign politics.

Lauren Mackay

By focusing on Anne’s role in the diplomatic wrangling, Paranque makes a convincing case that she was not just the seductress of legend, but a strong, intelligent woman who exercised real political power.

Sunday Times

In Thorns, Lust and Glory, Estelle Paranque has done something unusual: she has found new things to say about Anne Boleyn. This is a bright and elegantly told story, which shows how Anne’s courtly education outside England allowed her to present as ‘a natural-born Frenchwoman’, then explores how her French connections failed her when enemies began to circle. It is a cracklingly good tale, and essential reading for anyone interested in the treacherous Tudor world of Henry VIII.

Dan Jones

Paranque brings her trademark mix of serious scholarship and lighthearted prose to that great English obsession: Henry and Anne. She finds new angles, and makes us see that epochal relationship in an exciting new way.

Dan Snow