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Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII's Obsession

4.02 of 5 stars 4.02  ·  rating details  ·  609 ratings  ·  16 reviews
Alluring but not beautiful, Anne's wit and poise won her numerous admirers at the English court, and caught the roving eye of King Henry. Anne was determined to shape her own destiny, first through a secret engagement to Henry Percy, the heir of the Earl of Northumberland, and later through her insistence on marriage with the king, after a long and tempestuous relationship ...more
Hardcover, 224 pages
Published November 15th 2008 by Amberley Publishing
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Jonathan
Commissioned by me at Amberley Publishing, the most accessible biography of Anne available. Author is near to completing biographies of all Henry's six wives and is also working on a major illustrated history the the lives of the Queens of England.
Alex
A pretty good non-fiction read on Anne Boleyn. My one gripe (and this is for all the non-fiction that does this) is when the author writes things like, "Anne must have felt.." and "This was a night Anne would always remember." Really? Were you there? How do you know?

Other than that, it was a decent read.
Sarah
A fairly easy read - I finished it in less than a day and I have an 11 month old baby (hello, naptime!)

Overall it's not a bad text, but the author repeated several phrases and words, often in close proximity. I found this to very rather annoying, as though a thesaurus wasn't available?

I've stated in other reviews that one of my greatest pet peeves is when authors claim to know what their subject is thinking or feeling about a given situation. Just stop, please, thanks.

I still side with those who
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Kathleen Kelly
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Doomed queen of Henry VIII, mother to Elizabeth I, the epic story of Anne Boleyn from an exceptional new writer. Anne Boleyn was the most controversial and scandalous woman ever to sit on the throne of England. From her early days at the imposing Hever Castle in Kent, to the glittering courts of Paris and London, Anne caused a stir wherever she went. Alluring but not beautiful, Anne's wit and poise won her numerous admirers at the English court, and caught the roving eye of King H
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Kirsty Archer-Thompson
For all the sound scholarship to be found in this book, the author doesn't seem at all confident with expressing herself. Stock phrases are used again and again and the direct repetition, especially in chapter conclusions, is absolutely infuriating. How it made it past the editing room in this sorry state I will never know. I can think of no greater irony than an account of such a lively and charismatic woman (and wordsmith) as Anne Boleyn, being told by a writer completely devoid of these facul ...more
Catherine Brooks
I was going to give this 2 stars originally, but it improved noticeably from about half way through.
To begin with, I only persevered with this book as I am so interested in the subject matter and because it is short. It has in it's favour that it is quite easy to read. On the downside, it was full of the writer's assumptions about how Anne felt, basically stating them as fact. The descriptions were generally unoriginal (although that didn't bother me that much), and they were extremely repetitiv
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Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781848685147

General Subject/s? - History / Tudors / Anne Boleyn

Title? - Henry VIII was obsessed by Anne Boleyn for seven years before he married her - never again did he spend so much time wooing a woman.

General Analysis? - I like Elizabeth Norton's writing style, but some of her information was incorrect. For example, that Mark Smeaton was hung, drawn and quartered, when in fact he was beheaded like the rest. Aside from these tiny errors, I really really enjoyed Norton's book. It was e
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Maria
An easy to read biography of Anne Boleyn which takes into account a lot of contemporary sources on this fascinating woman and 2nd queen to Henry the VIII.
The reason why it only receives 4 stars is this: Although the author mentions that the sources on Anne Boleyn may be partial and/or tainted by personal and/or political reasons, she nevertheless cites them as if they were almost neutral statements. IOt would have been nice to know more about the backgrounds of the sources, so: its only 4 stars
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Nyie Rombeng
tragis sekali nasib anne boleyn.
berawal dari hasrat & intrik ingin menjadi bagian dari kerajaan inggris membawa drama kelam & kepedihan dalam takdirnya.siapa bilang hidup dalam kerajaan itu aman & tentram?
lewat buku ini,pandangan kamu para readers akan berbalik total melihat kemewahan hidup para raja & ratu,karena dibalik setiap keindahan ada keburukan yang sempurna untuk ditutupi.saling sikut adalah kata yg tepat untuk dinasti ke dinasti para kerajaan & isinya.
Stephanie
another amazing book book about Anne Boleyn enjoyed every minute of the book
Amanda
I loved this bio of Anne, it was incredibly heart felt and I did feel myself really empathizing with Anne's plight. I have to be honest and admit that I shed a tear towards the end with the description of the execution and Cromwell's reaction to it.
Sharon
Fabulous book! Loved it and couldn't put it down til it was finished. This was up there with some of the best books on Anne Boleyn and i have now read quite a few.
Jennifer
Interesting and insightful. This book provided a lot of "food for thought" relating to Anne's complex relationship with Henry.
Ruby
This book proved to be a very helpful source of information when completing my history project.
Jonathan
Commissioned by me at Amberley Publishing, this is the 'B-format' paperback.
Vicki
This was totally biased against Anne.
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Elizabeth Norton is a British historian specialising in the queens of England and the Tudor period. She obtained an Master of Arts in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2003 and a masters degree in European Archaeology from the University of Oxford in 2004.

Elizabeth Norton is the author of five non-fiction works: She Wolves, The Notorious Queens of England (The Histor
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