Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “Anne Boleyn” as Want to Read:
Anne Boleyn
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

Anne Boleyn

3.72 of 5 stars 3.72  ·  rating details  ·  47 ratings  ·  10 reviews
Marie Louise Bruce's account of Anne Boleyn's life and death is not very well-known nowadays but it was pre-eminent at the time it was published.

It covers her childhood and time in France, the divorce and her courtship with Henry VIII, her marriage and her tragic fall.
Hardcover, 380 pages
Published November 28th 1972 by Coward McCann (first published 1972)
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about Anne Boleyn, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about Anne Boleyn

The Other Boleyn Girl by Philippa GregoryThe Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison WeirThe Boleyn Inheritance by Philippa GregoryThe Constant Princess by Philippa GregoryThe Queen's Fool by Philippa Gregory
Best Books About Tudor England
209th out of 429 books — 1,179 voters
Curious George by H.A. ReyHow Not to Murder Your Grumpy by Carol E. WyerThe Girl with the Dragon Tattoo by Stieg LarssonWatchmen by Alan MooreOne Fish, Two Fish, Red Fish, Blue Fish by Dr. Seuss
Yellowest Books Ever
414th out of 815 books — 400 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 164)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
This book is all about desire and power – Henry’s desire for Anne Boleyn, and Boleyn’s desire for power in the form of the throne, and being crowned Queen.

I found the first half of this book heavy going. But then the separation of Henry VIII from Catherine of Aragon was heavy going. An administrative and political nightmare that went on for six years – wonderfully documented here by Marie Louise Bruce - but a bit of a grind to read about. You can skip all the shenanigans and just get the bare b
I bought this book second hand as I am fascinated with everything related to Anne Boleyn and I thought it would be an interesting read. The book was published in 1972, almost twenty years before Eric Ives definitive book on Anne Boleyn. I was curious as to what Marie Louise Brue had to say about Anne Boleyn and her fascinating life.

I have to admit that initially I was a little put off by what Marie Louise Bruce wrote about Anne Boleyn as it appeared that she struggled to gather her facts togeth
I have been thinking a lot about this book since I finished it. It was profoundly sad. Anne was simply an instrument of her father and uncle's political aspirations. In the beginning, she didn't even care for Henry, and she really never had a say in any of it.

After waiting for nearly 6 years to marry, she was dead (by Henry and her own father's hands) only 3 years after their marriage.

This book was written by a young female historian in 1955. I really enjoyed her tone. I could tell that the auth
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9780330243489

General Subject/s? - History / Biography / Tudors

Title? - A simple title referring to the subject: Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII.

General Analysis? - Marie Louise Bruce's book was one of the first full-length biographies of Anne Boleyn, and as such it was revolutionary at the time. But with all of the literature that has been published since on the topic, it looks outdated. But it does offer useful insights on the original opinions which historians had, and the e
Victoria Johnston
A good overview of Anne Boleyn's life. There are now better modern biographies but this was an interesting read. She did paint Anne as a not particularly nice person in many respects- and who is to say that this isn't correct but the author clearly had a good grasp of her subject matter.

An interesting read for fans of Anne who want to gain as many different viewpoints of her as possible.
I really enjoyed this book. I usually fly through books, but ended up reading a few others between chapters of this one. I think it was the futility I needed a break from. The poor girl was doomed, we knew it from page one, but it was made so much more apparent, and you feel so sorry for her. What hell it would be, to be the pawn (one of many) in her family's lives. She was allowed to make almost no choices for herself. The few she does, go horribly awry, or she is punished in some way. Pitiful.
She was most certainly put in a difficult place to become the king's mistriss and be cast aside when she wanted nothing to do with him.
She was able to stay a virgin for six years while he pursued her. and eleven months after their marriage he was already bedding someone else.
the woman couldn't win. She was nothing more than a conquest to him.
This was an informative and well written biography, not too dry and very enjoyable. It is a little old so historians' perspectives may have changed a little since then but it still related all the facts in a very fair and even manner. It neither protrayed her as a villian or a saint, it seemed like a real portrayal.
Cathy DuPont
At the time reading anything I could find on Henry VIII and his six wives. This book was particularly well written and 'you were there.' Loved it.
Same old same old. Mostly hearsay and speculation fueled by the Catholic Church.
Joanna marked it as to-read
Mar 03, 2015
Amanda Kelley
Amanda Kelley marked it as to-read
Jan 24, 2015
Emily Wegner
Emily Wegner marked it as to-read
Jan 14, 2015
Lyn marked it as to-read
Jan 05, 2015
Roxanne marked it as to-read
Dec 21, 2014
Lordi Anna
Lordi Anna marked it as to-read
Dec 21, 2014
Charlotte Gates
Charlotte Gates marked it as to-read
Dec 06, 2014
Conor Byrne
Conor Byrne marked it as to-read
Nov 01, 2014
Naomi marked it as to-read
Sep 07, 2014
Karen marked it as to-read
Jul 22, 2014
Ashley Cassidy
Ashley Cassidy marked it as to-read
Jun 20, 2014
Julie marked it as to-read
May 30, 2014
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
The Usurper King: Henry of Bolingbroke The Making of Henry VIII

Share This Book