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Anne Boleyn

3.92 of 5 stars 3.92  ·  rating details  ·  837 ratings  ·  38 reviews
A biography of the woman whose marriage to King Henry VIII of England resulted in an irreversible break between the Church of England and the Papacy, the birth of the future Queen Elizabeth I, and in her own beheading.
Hardcover, 192 pages
Published May 1st 1986 by Putnam Publishing Group (first published 1979)
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While I quite enjoyed this book and the detail and attention that Norah Lofts payed to Anne Boleyn’s life, there seemed to be an underlying current running through the book which really made me scratch my head at times. While reading it appeared to me that Lofts actually believed that Anne Boleyn was a witch – or at least had some knowledge of and involvement with witchcraft. This idea really shocked me as I thought that we as learners and researchers of Anne Boleyn’s life had moved past this ri ...more
Where do I even start with this book? If you look at my status updates, you see my state of mind deteriorate further and further to ravings of a madman. Why? Because I love Anne Boleyn. She was an ambitious woman who knew her mind and how to manipulate people, yet she was caring and soft and she did love Henry. She was a brilliant woman born far before her time. If she lived now rather than then, she would be a CEO and in charge of the whole world by using her mind.

I'll at least start with the t
Karen Renee Collins
I found this book very frustrating. Ms. Lofts seems to believe that it is a foregone conclusion that Anne "tricked" Henry with her charms and never loved him... the whole "evil woman" thing. I can't say that that is not indeed the case, but I don't believe that it has been proven one way or the other. Is there evidence that her father was complicit in setting her up? If so, where is it? Lofts actually spends quite a bit of space giving credence to the theory that Anne was a witch who used her po ...more
This book was very well written. Sadly questions are left unanswered because of poor record keeping in that time period. Thank God I was not living then. Life must have been so very difficult and we think we have it bad now with our rules and regulations. It is amazing that civilization has come as far as it has, however, that same greed that drove generations before us, still causes problems in this generation, not to mention............lust.
I don't know why I'm so fascinated with British monarch history. This was the most honest account I've read. This is history, not historical fiction, but still very interesting. I thought it was written well. And is a quick read, with pictures. oooohh. :)
Linda Hoffman
What you would expect.

Norah Lofts does her research with totally believable results. Keeps getting more interesting page after page. I would have been happy with more.
Great informational book did not realize her age at the time of marriage. I am so happy to be alive during this century. Marriage customs and gender roles are drastically different!
very good research material on Anne Boleyn including some amazing portraits.
This is an excellent biography and is well-written but I'm going to give it 4 stars instead of 5 because it didn't exactly grab me and I had to really force myself to keep reading in some parts.

First off, I want to address the problem that it seems most of the low reviews mentioned, which is that Lofts discusses the rumors of Anne Boleyn being a witch as if they were true. After reading this common complaint, I was honestly expecting most of the book to be focused on these rumors and instead it
I almost gave this book one star but then decided that might be unfair to the author. When I first started reading this version of Anne Boleyn's life it seemed very biased against Anne. I have read one other book about Anne Boleyn (nonfiction) that seemed more fair to all sides. I don't have a firm enough grasp on the material to know which viewpoint is the most accepted, though. I just felt that Norah Lofts tried to use every sensational detail that she could find about Anne Boleyn- even going ...more
What I liked best about this book about Anne Boleyn is that it was condensed, yet hit all the highlights and low times of her life. Also included were photographs I'd never seen before and pictures of some of Anne and Henry's belongings that were new to me as well. I also enjoyed a fresh opinion on why Henry lost interest in Anne once they married. A really quick, yet totally absorbing, read!
Athena Ninlil
Comprehensive, and up to date for its time, biography on Anne Boleyn. Norah Lofts is very sympathetic in her account on the famous queen of Tudor times. I enjoyed reading her fiction on Anne, Katherine and other English queens so when I saw she had a biography on one of them, I immediately picked it up. It's not boring and it doesn't boggle you down with too many details you won't remember but sticks to the facts that were relevant to Anne and her complicated relationship with Henry and what led ...more
Norah Lofts gives us a concise and tightly written biography, focusing mostly on the complicated relationship between Henry and Anne and the series of events that set in motion the break with the Catholic Church. The writing flows smoothly and the illustrations are beautiful.

I love how Lofts ended this biography with a humorous anecdote. She reminded us that Anne was a woman who loved to laugh and loved a good joke, two details that are usually overlooked when we think of the tragedy in her lif
Mina Beganović
I've had a fascination with Anne Boleyn since I was in 8th grade and while I enjoyed this book enough to finish it, the underlying implication that Anne Boleyn was somehow involved in witchcraft was rather frustrating. This is supposed to be a non-fiction biography of a historical figure and you wouldn't expect that an author writing in the 20th century would seriously consider witchcraft to be a plausible explanation for anything! Norah Lofts reinforces this notion by stating that Anne Boleyn h ...more
A fascinating coffee table sort of book with lots of interesting pictures, photographs of documents and letters from the time. It is very informative, telling the events of Anne's life in a most readable way. It gives the reader much to think about and creates a rounded picture of Anne as a human being, but not only Anne, Henry too! It doesn't allow us to glibly condemn either of them.
This was my first Kindle book and my first non-fiction by Norah Lofts. Having recently completed Hillary Mantel's two novels about Thomas Cromwell and his role in Anne's life, I found this version provided me an intriguing comparison of perspectives on these two historical figures and their intertwining lives.
This is supposedly a factual history book that actually cites, and repeatedly does so to the point of tedium, that witchcraft and influence of Satan were possibly if not probably the reasons Anne Boleyn became Queen of England.


Several times I checked the publication date of the book to see if it'd been written when such a thing was a probable charge or if this was some kind of parody that I'd accidentally picked up in the history section of the book store. It wasn't.

Norah Lofts is so
Lofts' skill as a novelist comes to the fore and makes it an engaging read. However, it's lack of references makes some of her statements seem unsubstantiated if you are not familiar with the source material from other reading. For the most part, although this book offers nothing new to readers, it offers a remarkably balanced view of Anne and the other major players. It is only when Lofts tries to introduce serious consideration of Anne being a witch that the narrative stumbles and jars. She wo ...more
If you've read "The Concubine" then you don't need to read this. Basically a re telling of that story but with numerous grammatical and punctuation errors.
David Stimpson
well ..I love the Tudor times and this book has reinforced that affair
THe book is a fun read and nothing more. Her facts don't agree with the rest of the world history about her at all. At one point the author claimed that Mary went to spend time with the Duchess of Savory and not anne. Which is completely false, Mary was in France and Ann was with the duchess. Her facts can be aggravating, to the point I stopped quoting the book, because I found it unreadable and very bias. It was refreshing to another person view of Anne, no matter how much i disagreed.
Heather Domin
I know Norah Lofts was Team Katharine, but wow, I didn't know she was that much Team Katharine. I mean, seriously, witchcraft as an actual possibility? Really? The writing style had a good flow, and I enjoyed the color plates, but the information (and gender attitude) is dated and the bias is painfully visible. I'm bummed; I really love her fiction, but this nonfiction felt less scholarly.
The original ( now corrected, thank you so much ) quoted opening paragraph is NOT from from Norah Lofts' biography of Anne Boleyn . Indeed the paragaraph appears nowhere in that work. It is from Wendy J Dunn's fiction work.

Perhaps the poor reviews belong to Dunn's work too?
Certainly Loft's excellent, if now inevitably outdated, work does not deserve them.
I am a history buff, but I am not a historian. What I liked best about this book is that it is written for the everyday reader and not for scholars. Ms Lofts told us what happened but made it interesting and accessible. One of the best things I've read on Anne Boleyn, including the many popular novels written about her.
A very informative and not boring-to-read biography of Anne Boleyn, second wife of King Henry VIII. I've always been interested in that time period; this book was a very interesting read for me. I didn't realize how much information about her life is not known. Fiction stories take great liberties (but I still like them...)
Katie Hilton
This is a beautifully illustrated short biography of Anne Boleyn, written by a novelist but based on previous research by standard biographers. Lofts puts perhaps too much emphasis on one theory that Boleyn practiced witchcraft. Otherwise, an interesting look at a fascinating period of English history.
Sintia Prasetio
Found the book in Pasar Loak....
tertarik baca setelah nonton The Other Boleyn Girl...

Good book. singkat dan padat menceritakan sosok Anne Boleyn secara keseluruhan
banyak gambar gambar sosok yang dekat dengan tokoh Anne
yang tidak seganteng filmnya... wkwkwk

Becky Alice
Pretty pictures :)
Informative but hardly unique, this brief biography, peppered with pictures, gives a useful overview of the life of Anne Boleyn, but offers little for a reader already familiar with the basic history and looking for more in depth commentary or analysis.
This book is a light (and unfortunately unfootnoted) biography, pleasant and informative though the author does over-indulge her speculation that Anne (and a number of people connected to her) was a witch.
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  • Mistress Anne
  • The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII
  • Katherine Howard: A Tudor Conspiracy
  • A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • Anne Boleyn: In Her Own Words & the Words of Those Who Knew Her
  • The Six Wives of Henry VIII
  • Dear Heart, How Like You This?
  • Tudor Women: Queens & Commoners
  • Catherine Howard: The Queen Whose Adulteries Made a Fool of Henry VIII
  • Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn
  • Vengeance Is Mine: A Novel Of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, And Lady Rochford  The Woman Who Helped Destroy Them Both
  • Henry: Virtuous Prince
  • Mary Tudor: The Spanish Tudor
  • The King's Secret Matter (Tudor Saga, #4)
  • The Tudors
  • Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Favourite Mistress
Also published using the pseudonyms Juliet Astley and Peter Curtis

Norah Lofts, née Norah Robinson, (27 August 1904–10 September 1983) was a 20th century best-selling British author. She wrote over fifty books specialising in historical fiction, but she also wrote non-fiction and short stories. Many of her novels, including her Suffolk Trilogy, follow the history of a specific house and the residen
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