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The story of Anne Boleyn goes to the root of all history; what makes an individual or event memorable to later generations? Anne is an exceptional case for her life was a double helix intertwining extraordinary human drama with profound historical crisis. A young lady of no particular importance or talents - she was neither a great beauty nor a captivating charmer - married a man who turned out to be England's most notorious monarch, and then three years later she was publically executed for treason, accused of quadruple adultery and incest. Mistress Boleyn was the crucial catalyst for three of the most important events in modern history: the break with Rome and the English Reformation, the advent of the nation state, and the birth of a daughter whose forty three years on the throne stand as England's most spectacular literary and political success story. Remove Anne and the Reformation as we know it today would not have taken place; remove Anne and Elizabeth I would not have existed at all. Anne Boleyn stands as a monument to the truth that there is nothing consistent in history except the unexpected.
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Anne Boleyn was the cause of three of the most important events in English history: the break with Rome, the development of the nation state, and the reign of her daughter Elizabeth I. This elegant biographical study not only traces her early life and education, her marriage to King Henry VIII, and her trial and execution accused of adultery and incest; it probes the mystery of how an apparently unremarkable young woman became the fulcrum of profound historical change.Review:
‘A thoughtful review ... exposing gaping holes in the theories, challenging the manipulation of scant evidence and bringing its own revelations’ (Suzannah Lipscomb BBC History Magazine)
‘Clearly explains the rise and fall of Anne, a girl determined to be more than just another mistress’ (Good Book Guide)
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Book Description Amberley, 2013. Hardcover. Condition: New. Never used!. Seller Inventory # P11144561023X