The Exceptional Life of Anne Boleyn
by Carolly Erickson
Publisher: Summit Books
Book Club Edition
Mistress Anne is the first full-scale biography of Anne Boleyn to appear in over one hundred years. The fourth book in Carolly Erickson's widely acclaimed series of Tudor biographies, this unparalleled tale of sexual intrigue and romantic doom can only further Carolly Erickson's reputation as brilliant historian and consummate storyteller.
England was on the verge of a succession crisis: Henry's marriage to Queen Katherine had failed to produce a male heir and he wondered if he were not the object of a divine curse. At this precarious moment in history his passion was roused by Anne Boleyn. And this dowerless girl with no royal blood, who offered no political advantage, would become the centerpiece of the divorce that not only sundered Henry VIII -- the most glorious man of his age -- from Queen Katherine but England from the pope. Pregnant with Henry's child, Anne would, after years of scandal, pain and bitter rivalry, eventually become Queen. But just three short years after ascending the throne, "very much exhausted and amazed," she would find herself mounting the steps of the scaffold on Tower Green. Anne Boleyn had produced but a daughter.
As Maureen Quilligan wrote in the New York Times Book Review of The First Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn was "a real victim of the sexual scandals her brilliant daughter escaped, and a subject Miss Erickson's sensitivity to sexual and political nuance should well serve." Indeed, Carolly Erickson could have choosen no more fascinating and appropriate a subject. Alluring, mysterious and profoundly enigmatic, Anne Boleyn has eluded the grasp of historians for centuries.
Through her extraordinarily vivid recreation of the most tragic chapter in all Tudor history, Carolly Erickson gives us unprecedented insight into the singularity of Anne Boleyn's life, the dark and overwhelming forces that shaped her errant destiny, and the rare, tumultuous times in which she lived.
Condition: Used. Hardcover. Dust cover. Pages may be tanning and discolored from age. Dust cover shows a bit of edge wear and creases. There's a bit of soiling on the page edges. Previous owner's name and date are written on the front endpaper and an index card is tucked inside the front cover. Dust cover is tanning from age.
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