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The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives
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Sep 20, 2009

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A good biographer must first be a superb researcher and investigator -- and Eric Ives is both. This is an extremely well-researched and thought out biography of Ann Boleyn. The author takes no historical legend at face value without first examining all available evidence. The problem with the book, as with many well-researched biographies, is that the author got so caught up with presenting his evidence and explaining his reasoning that he forgot to tell the story of his subject's life. He failed to create any sense of her as a person. The book is little more than a series of well substantiated conclusions of who she must have been, but no clear portrait emerges from those conclusions. That is a shame. The author assembles a veritable arsenal of evidence as to his subject's character -- he just doesn't know what to do with that evidence once it is assembled and explained.

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