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The Lady in the Tower by Alison Weir
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Dec 16, 11

bookshelves: non-fiction, tudor, own, vine
Read from November 23 to December 16, 2011 — I own a copy

This was an incredibly detailed and powerful book about the last days of Anne Boleyn. It investigates every aspect of her downfall and of those accused with her. Every motive behind her execution was explored and no stone was left unturned when it came to her legacy. The depiction of her final moments on the scaffold was utterly haunting.

Despite having read numerous accounts of Anne’s life and death, I did learn so many new details from this book. One example is that Anne miscarried a son on the same day that Katherine of Aragon died (irony!). Another was Cromwell’s orchestration of the entire plot to oust the Boleyn faction from power. While he procures evidence of her adultery, it is flimsy and unlikely considering the lack of privacy Anne had at court. Weir did not paint Jane Seymour favorably, especially considering she was planning her wedding to Henry VIII while Anne’s body was still warm. Yes, she supplanted her mistress much the same way that Anne had done a decade earlier, but there is a cold and calculating intent in the way she maneuvers into position. There’s so much more I could share about this amazing book, but I will let you discover for yourself the tragedy of the legendary Anne Boleyn.

I received a complimentary copy of this book via the Amazon Vine program.
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