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The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth about the Tudors

3.74 of 5 stars 3.74  ·  rating details  ·  487 ratings  ·  72 reviews
Should Anne Boleyn be pardoned and reburied as Queen? Anne Boleyn and "The Other Boleyn Girl." Did Anne Boleyn dig her own grave? The Six Wives' stereotypes - are they right? Did Anne Boleyn commit incest with her brother? "The Anne Boleyn Collection" brings together the most popular articles from top Tudor website The Anne Boleyn Files. Articles which have provoked discus...more
Paperback, 249 pages
Published February 16th 2012 by Createspace (first published February 1st 2012)
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Rio (Lynne)
Mar 17, 2012 Rio (Lynne) rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All history fans, especially The Tudor Era.
The author says "Anne Boleyn is a paradox. Her life can be manipulated by historians and authors to fit their theories and ideas."

This is a fascinating read! In a world oversaturated with really bad Tudor propaganda...I thank Claire for taking on all the myths and so called facts and questioning them. This book goes into my favorites. The author not only shares my opinions on Anne, but also taught me new things about The Tudors (who knew I could learn more?) A very popular book we know as TOBG h...more
Jennifer Lee
The only things I ever knew about Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII was from what I saw on TV, movies, or the little amount we learnt in school. So really, my knowledge of the whole Tudor era was pretty limited. The most I remember about it was from The Other Boleyn Girl movie, which apparently was a horribly unaccurate re-telling.

I learnt alot of things I did not know, especially about Anne. I wasn't one of those people that thought she was a whore or a homewrecker, I always just thought it was a...more
Who was Anne Boleyn? No one really knows, but Claire Ridgway does her best to answer the question. This is a collection of essays that appeared on Ridgway's Anne Boleyn website and cover a wealth of infromation.

Ridgway looks at the history, evaluting and at times, disagreeing with other historians. When she does, she is respectful and presents each side fairyly. She discusses the dubious history of The Other Boleyn Girl as well as the popularity of the Tudors on Showtime. Her writing conveays he...more
Claire Ridgway runs the fantastic website called “The Anne Boleyn Files”. To celebrate the websites three year anniversary Claire gathered a number of fascinating articles which were written since the website was started. These articles were compiled together in this brilliant book which gives the reader an in depth look at the life, myths and mysteries that surround one of England’s most famous Queens – Anne Boleyn.

This book is full of interesting and fascinating facts and information. Claire...more
Tom Landry
This was an interesting read. While reading this you start to learn that authors have some different and sometimes extreme ideas about what really happened. Claire Ridgway tries to come up with an accurate picture of history using as many verifiable facts as possible. She does share her opinions about things that just can't be known but she applies logic to them instead of just coming up with a wild guess like some Anne Boleyn "authorities" have. My only complaint is that there are a few repetit...more
An excellent collection of articles from Claire Ridgway's Anne Boleyn Files website where she sets out to debunk the myths that continue to swirl about this Queen of England. And a fine job she does too, digging right through primary as well as secondary sources that really get you thinking and questioning everything you thought you knew about Anne Boleyn and the Tudors. A brilliantly compiled collection that deserves a place right next to E W Ives and Alison Weir.
I can't wait for her book on An...more
I admire Claire Ridgway's enthusiasm and tirelessness in clearing up the mysteries/controversies surrounding Anne Boleyn. Unfortunately, her writing style leaves a lot to be desired, particularly for someone who claims to write professionally. She strives hard to stay unbiased, examining the evidence and basing her opinions on that alone, but doesn't always succeed, as when considering the likelihood of Anne having more than one brother who survived to adulthood (and her tone got kinda obnoxious...more
Cathy DuPont
Glad this was a freebie because I would have been sorely disappointed had I paid for it. Come to find out it's a compilation of a blog written by Claire Ridgway. And it reads like a blog including silly musings such as 'can you believe that's what I did this weekend?'

If all you know about Henry VIII, the Tudors and the king's six wives is from watching The Tudors on television and seeing the movie The Other Boleyn Girl then this book might clear the air with some truths. I made a point to avoid...more
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Sep 28, 2013 Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~* marked it as anne-boleyn
Free on kindle right now for those who missed it the first time.
Crystal Lee
Claire contacted me by email today. She told me that she took some of my edit suggestions down and she is about to upload a new edited version of the book. She also shared this website with me:
I had no idea there was such a discrepancy between US and UK in terms of punctuation. I was so glad to learn something new, and I can't wait for her 2nd book in the Anne Boleyn collection since I use the 1st book constantly as a point of reference. I still...more
This was a very fascinating read even though I still think that Catherine of Aragon was my favorite of Henry's wives you've got to admit that Anne was quite a woman. However, in finishing this book there's something that has been troubling me. They accused Anne or supposedly accused Anne of poisoning Catherine, I just wonder if anyone ever thought Henry could've poisoned her. I know it was death to speak ill of the king and I'll probably never know the answer but I'm just curious if that thought...more
Donna Maguire

I purchased this book to take away with me on a brief holiday to Kent. I was a bit sceptical about it being a series of articles put together which I could view on the internet but I am glad with my purchase and I did enjoy the format and the style of writing was punchy. I would have preferred dates to be on the articles so that you could see how the research had progressed, particularily for the section on the Lost Boleyns. I know that Claire is currently working on her next book and I very muc...more
Marina Camp
Apr 16, 2012 Marina Camp rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Tudor history
Shelves: tudor-related
Fantastic read. Informative, well written, and immensely fun! -M-

The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth about the Tudors

Claire Ridgway
Amazing. Very interesting to learn about the events and different views of the events leading up to her being queen and her following death. I have always thought she was innocent of the charges she was "found guilt" of, but as Claire states, it's not something some one can change in the history books. Can't wait to read more Tudor era books!
The Anne Boelyn Collection is an interesting collection of historical facts about Anne Boelyn and of the time she lived. I admire how much research the author put into this collection. Definitely a must for all Tudor lovers.
My sister got me started watching the Tudors and this lead to my fascination of learning more about King Henry VIII and his wives. This book was a short summary and easy to read about Anne and the other wives.
It had its moments, but it was pretty repetitive in some sections.

Read if you like history.
Moriah Solomon
The Anne Boleyn Collection By Claire Ridgway

The Anne Boleyn brings together the most popular articles from the Website The Anne Boleyn Files. Articles which have provoked discussion and debate. Articles that people found fascinating Written in Claire’s easy going style, but an emphasis on good history and sound research, these articles are perfect for Tudor history lovers everywhere.

Rating 4.5

My Review:

The Book The Anne Boleyn Collection gives us the most popular articles from the websi...more
Quick read, and I learned a lot of things I didn't know. Hope she writes another!
Feb 29, 2012 Cheryl marked it as to-read
I've been SO into history lately. This looks awesome.
can't wait to read it!!!!
Hristina Ivanova
I read that one and Claire Ridgway's other book back to back and I must say I liked the latter better. Even though this one is just as informative and as useful as the "The fall of Anne Boleyn" I think that here what prevailed was the author's opinion on the topic and I didn't like that. I know,she has said several times that she is biased and that she doesn't try to present Anne and an angel,but sometimes my feelings when I was reading it,were that someone (in this case the author) is forcing m...more
I have had a huge fascination with the Tudor period for some time now, Anne Boleyn in particular. I am a big fan of hers. I'm not 100% sure where or when this fascination stems from, I only know it's there.
As a relative newcomer to the Anne Boleyn files online I haven't yet had the chance to browse through all of the articles written on there so this book is perfect for me. I can read it all in one place.
Being a fan of Anne Boleyn and reading various sources on her and the Tudor period in genera...more
While Claire Ridgeway is clearly very passionate about Anne Boleyn and the Tudor time period, her book lacks a certain finesse and quality. Claire spends the majority of the book critiquing other works on the reign of Henry VIII, including Phillipa Gregory’s books, the Tudors series and many historians whose work is supported by the academic community. One of her main critiques of these works is the lack of solid research and analysis. Unfortunately, Claire falls very short from this goal hersel...more
The most important point to mention at the outset is this book is a collection of essays/posts from a fabulous website that is run by the author. Therefore the book doesn't run like a traditional book - some of the articles are very similar to each other and understandably to a point this is why there is a lot of repetition.

Secondly, the style of the book is very much blog and web speak - it is a very chatty style which makes it very easy to follow and makes you think you're having a chat with...more
The Anne Boleyn Collection is absolutely great. It works well for both those who know a ton about the Tudor period and those that don't know much at all! I'm not expert but I've definitely poked into my share of Tudor histories, especially Anne Boleyn, who has always fascinated me. But my mom, a complete Tudor newbie, also read and enjoyed the book. I think it's because Claire writes in a way that is both clear and interesting. I especially liked all the breakdowns for Henry's wives and the comm...more

I chose this book because I wanted to read a historical account of the time that Anne Boleyn was involved with King Henry VIII. This book was easy to follow and cited quite a few interesting sources from which data was gathered. I would definitely recommend this book to anyone who wants to learn about societal norms and expectations of that time period, and who is intrigued by the many different portraits of Anne Boleyn.
Debbie Mcnulty
I really enjoyed this book which is really a collection of essays. I follow Claire Ridgeway's page on Facebook and there is always something interesting to read there. Clair's love of history is clear and she sees it through the eyes of reality and not romance. I admire all of the study that went into the creation of the collection. I would strongly recommend this collection to any serious history buff or fan of the Tudor time.
For a spontaneous purchase from the 99p sale at the Kindle Store, I am surprised to say how much I enjoyed this book. Ridgway has devoted her life to thorough research about Anne Boleyn and the Tudors and although sometimes I felt I was receiving a slightly biased interpretation of events, I think the author herself recognises this too. I wasn't too impressed with one of the first chapters which wasn't very complimentary about the work of my favourite Philippa Gregory, although I know historical...more
Some interesting nuggets that counteract received opinion but the book does give away its origins as a compilation of blog entries, since there is some repetition of material. (I suppose the question is whether as a writer your preference is to invest in some judicious editing or to just port over the blog entries wholesale. I'm guessing the latter in this case, which smacks of laziness, but is probably helpful to the novice Tudor reader, where the duplication will help entrench the points made....more
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Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books On This Day in Tudor History(October 2012), The Anne Boleyn Collection (Feb 2012), The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown (April 2012), The Anne Boleyn Collection II (September 2013) and George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat (April 2014), as well as Interviews with Indie Authors

Claire worked in education and freelance writing before c...more
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