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The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth about the Tudors

3.77  ·  Rating Details  ·  740 Ratings  ·  80 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 it was amazing  ·  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
Jennifer Lee
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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
Feb 18, 2012 Sarah rated it it was amazing
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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
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
Tom Landry
Apr 02, 2012 Tom Landry rated it really liked it
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
Oct 24, 2012 Doreen rated it it was ok
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
Jul 30, 2012 Cathy DuPont rated it it was ok
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
Apr 30, 2012 Belinda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: favorites, tudors, history
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
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.
Moriah Solomon
Dec 26, 2013 Moriah Solomon rated it really liked it
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
Crystal Lee
Sep 16, 2013 Crystal Lee rated it it was amazing
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
Jun 07, 2012 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, kindle
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
Apr 22, 2012 Donna Maguire rated it it was amazing

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
Alicia Sprague
Feb 26, 2015 Alicia Sprague rated it really liked it
I do not usually read historical books, but I decided to read this one and I absolutely loved it.

There are so many things that I learned from this book, that a historical novel, television show, or movie could never tell me. It allowed me to come to my own conclusions about who I believed Anne Boleyn to be and reminded me that evidence can lead to many different ideas about what actually happened. I like how the author never really answered any question that was not fact (such as date of death)
Dec 27, 2014 James rated it really liked it
Claire Ridgway runs the fantastic website "The Anne Boleyn Files", where she looks at all the evidence of Anne Boleyn to uncover the real truth... Or as close as we can get to it. This book is includes articles that Claire published, some when the site first started.
I think this book is great for someone who is just getting into Tudor history and has only seen "The Tudors" or read the book/watched the movie "The Other Boleyn Girl", and wish to learn more- as let's be honest, as wonderful as Ive
Mary Josefina Cade
Feb 21, 2015 Mary Josefina Cade rated it it was amazing
I found 'The Anne Boleyn Collection' a great read. Claire Ridgway does here best to stick to known facts about Anne Boleyn and all the other well known characters at the court of Henry VIII. This makes a refreshing change. The author avoids wishful thinking and does her best to present as much of the truth as it is possible to know. She has undertaken a great deal of painstaking research and gives the results in a clear and ordered way. She does give us her opinion, which makes the book extra en ...more
Jul 22, 2015 Scorpianmuse rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history
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Marina Camp
Apr 16, 2012 Marina Camp rated it really liked it  ·  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
Jun 07, 2012 Ashley rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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!
Mar 05, 2013 Amy rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
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.
Mar 24, 2012 Sonyajohnston rated it really liked it
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.
Jul 27, 2012 Tori rated it liked it
It had its moments, but it was pretty repetitive in some sections.

Read if you like history.
Mar 04, 2012 Danielle rated it it was amazing
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.
Feb 29, 2012 Maysam rated it liked it
can't wait to read it!!!!
Olivia Longueville
Dec 21, 2015 Olivia Longueville rated it it was amazing
I greatly enjoyed "The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown". Miss Claire Ridgway did a truly amazing job – it was a detailed day-to-day account of the events describing Anne Boleyn’s downfall and preceding her arrest and execution. I like how the events are presented in a diary and chronological format, and I admire the depth of the research the author undertook to paint a tragic picture of Anne’s quick and mind-blowing fall from her pedestal and to give the realistic answers to the question we all ...more
Hristina Ivanova
Aug 18, 2012 Hristina Ivanova rated it really liked it
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
Nov 27, 2015 Cheryl rated it it was amazing
Shelves: history, tudor, royalty
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
Jan 03, 2013 Kyrie rated it did not like it
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
Jul 29, 2012 Stacey rated it liked it
Shelves: historical, tudors
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
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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) George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat (April 2014) and Sweating Sickness: In an Nutshell (August 2014).

Claire worked in education and freelance writing b
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