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The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth about the Tudors

3.8  ·  Rating details ·  906 Ratings  ·  89 Reviews
"I've been a history buff all my life, both as a reader and as a writer. I thought I knew about Anne and her Boleyn family, Henry VIII and his court, but this book fills in so many blanks for me that I will read it more than once...This is a book for the legion of Tudor fiction readers, who want to know the stories behind the myths, the truth behind the legend...Absolutely ...more
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Published February 14th 12 by Made Global Publisher
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Rio (Lynne)
Mar 09, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: All history fans, especially The Tudor Era.
The author says "Anne Boleyn is a paradox. Her life can be manipulated by historians and authors to fit their theories and ideas."

This is a fascinating read! In a world oversaturated with really bad Tudor propaganda...I thank Claire for taking on all the myths and so called facts and questioning them. This book goes into my favorites. The author not only shares my opinions on Anne, but also taught me new things about The Tudors (who knew I could learn more?) A very popular book we know as TOBG h
Jennifer Lee
This was provided to me by the author for reviewing on goodreads

The only things I ever knew about Anne Boleyn and King Henry VIII was from what I saw on TV, movies, or the little amount we learnt in school. So really, my knowledge of the whole Tudor era was pretty limited. The most I remember about it was from The Other Boleyn Girl movie, which apparently was a horribly unaccurate re-telling.

I learnt alot of things I did not know, especially about Anne. I wasn't one of those people that thought
Sep 12, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Who was Anne Boleyn? No one really knows, but Claire Ridgway does her best to answer the question. This is a collection of essays that appeared on Ridgway's Anne Boleyn website and cover a wealth of infromation.

Ridgway looks at the history, evaluting and at times, disagreeing with other historians. When she does, she is respectful and presents each side fairyly. She discusses the dubious history of The Other Boleyn Girl as well as the popularity of the Tudors on Showtime. Her writing conveays he
Tom Landry
Mar 30, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This was an interesting read. While reading this you start to learn that authors have some different and sometimes extreme ideas about what really happened. Claire Ridgway tries to come up with an accurate picture of history using as many verifiable facts as possible. She does share her opinions about things that just can't be known but she applies logic to them instead of just coming up with a wild guess like some Anne Boleyn "authorities" have. My only complaint is that there are a few repetit ...more
Oct 23, 2012 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
I admire Claire Ridgway's enthusiasm and tirelessness in clearing up the mysteries/controversies surrounding Anne Boleyn. Unfortunately, her writing style leaves a lot to be desired, particularly for someone who claims to write professionally. She strives hard to stay unbiased, examining the evidence and basing her opinions on that alone, but doesn't always succeed, as when considering the likelihood of Anne having more than one brother who survived to adulthood (and her tone got kinda obnoxious ...more
Cathy DuPont
Glad this was a freebie because I would have been sorely disappointed had I paid for it. Come to find out it's a compilation of a blog written by Claire Ridgway. And it reads like a blog including silly musings such as 'can you believe that's what I did this weekend?'

If all you know about Henry VIII, the Tudors and the king's six wives is from watching The Tudors on television and seeing the movie The Other Boleyn Girl then this book might clear the air with some truths. I made a point to avoid
Apr 03, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: favorites, tudors, history
An excellent collection of articles from Claire Ridgway's Anne Boleyn Files website where she sets out to debunk the myths that continue to swirl about this Queen of England. And a fine job she does too, digging right through primary as well as secondary sources that really get you thinking and questioning everything you thought you knew about Anne Boleyn and the Tudors. A brilliantly compiled collection that deserves a place right next to E W Ives and Alison Weir.
I can't wait for her book on An
Apr 07, 2016 rated it did not like it
Shelves: tudors

This is basically a book written to disprove everything aspect of 'the other Boleyn girl' by phillipa gregory. The author does not seem to credit her readers with the ability to realise that 'the other boleyn girl' is in fact, fiction. Claire Ridgway starts every article in this book, citing a study by other authors and historians and then proceeds to tear their research to shreds! A very arrogant author who seems to believe that she is the only person who knows the real facts! Very an
Sandi *~The Pirate Wench~*
Free on kindle right now for those who missed it the first time.
Crystal Lee
Sep 21, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Claire contacted me by email today. She told me that she took some of my edit suggestions down and she is about to upload a new edited version of the book. She also shared this website with me:
I had no idea there was such a discrepancy between US and UK in terms of punctuation. I was so glad to learn something new, and I can't wait for her 2nd book in the Anne Boleyn collection since I use the 1st book constantly as a point of reference. I still
Moriah Solomon
The Anne Boleyn Collection By Claire Ridgway

The Anne Boleyn brings together the most popular articles from the Website The Anne Boleyn Files. Articles which have provoked discussion and debate. Articles that people found fascinating Written in Claire’s easy going style, but an emphasis on good history and sound research, these articles are perfect for Tudor history lovers everywhere.

Rating 4.5

My Review:

The Book The Anne Boleyn Collection gives us the most popular articles from the websi
Dec 29, 2012 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
While Claire Ridgeway is clearly very passionate about Anne Boleyn and the Tudor time period, her book lacks a certain finesse and quality. Claire spends the majority of the book critiquing other works on the reign of Henry VIII, including Phillipa Gregory’s books, the Tudors series and many historians whose work is supported by the academic community. One of her main critiques of these works is the lack of solid research and analysis. Unfortunately, Claire falls very short from this goal hersel ...more
Mar 07, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: nonfiction, kindle
This was a very fascinating read even though I still think that Catherine of Aragon was my favorite of Henry's wives you've got to admit that Anne was quite a woman. However, in finishing this book there's something that has been troubling me. They accused Anne or supposedly accused Anne of poisoning Catherine, I just wonder if anyone ever thought Henry could've poisoned her. I know it was death to speak ill of the king and I'll probably never know the answer but I'm just curious if that thought ...more
Donna Maguire

I purchased this book to take away with me on a brief holiday to Kent. I was a bit sceptical about it being a series of articles put together which I could view on the internet but I am glad with my purchase and I did enjoy the format and the style of writing was punchy. I would have preferred dates to be on the articles so that you could see how the research had progressed, particularily for the section on the Lost Boleyns. I know that Claire is currently working on her next book and I very muc
Marina Camp
Mar 21, 2012 rated it really liked it
Recommends it for: Anyone who loves Tudor history
Shelves: tudor-related
Fantastic read. Informative, well written, and immensely fun! -M-

The Anne Boleyn Collection: The Real Truth about the Tudors

Claire Ridgway
Feb 24, 2012 rated it it was amazing
Amazing. Very interesting to learn about the events and different views of the events leading up to her being queen and her following death. I have always thought she was innocent of the charges she was "found guilt" of, but as Claire states, it's not something some one can change in the history books. Can't wait to read more Tudor era books!
Mar 24, 2012 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
My sister got me started watching the Tudors and this lead to my fascination of learning more about King Henry VIII and his wives. This book was a short summary and easy to read about Anne and the other wives.
Feb 28, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Anne Boelyn Collection is an interesting collection of historical facts about Anne Boelyn and of the time she lived. I admire how much research the author put into this collection. Definitely a must for all Tudor lovers.
Feb 29, 2012 marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
I've been SO into history lately. This looks awesome.
Feb 29, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
can't wait to read it!!!!
Jul 25, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
It had its moments, but it was pretty repetitive in some sections.

Read if you like history.
Ash Lucas
Apr 06, 2014 rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
A candidate for the worst book I've ever read, selective usage of evidence to prove points and over analysis of evidence that doesn't stack up. Truly awaful!
Feb 18, 2012 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Quick read, and I learned a lot of things I didn't know. Hope she writes another!
The Anne Boleyn Collection is the third book I read by Claire Ridgway, and like the first two it was a fast and enjoyable read.

As I said previously, I really like how passionate Claire Ridgway is about Anne Boleyn and how much research she puts in her articles. She is constantly citing not only famous historians but also primary sources, and her writing is always straight-forward and accessible. True, sometimes her style could be more refined, but the fact that her articles are so easy to read
It goes to prove that theories happen based on personal bias when enough facts are not known somehow come to be thought of as facts. The real truth might be a combination of all theories or not at all. Anne certainly lived in a perilous time and managed to survive long enough to leave a legacy.
Judge not that ye be not judged.
I read this book in one day. It was very easy to read and incredibly fascinating, especially if you are interested in learning more about Tudor history, specifically King Henry VIII and his ill-fated second queen.
Jan 02, 2017 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: nonfiction, ebook, tudor, 2017
Really well-researched book. Can't wait to read more from this author.
Alicia Sprague
Feb 25, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I do not usually read historical books, but I decided to read this one and I absolutely loved it.

There are so many things that I learned from this book, that a historical novel, television show, or movie could never tell me. It allowed me to come to my own conclusions about who I believed Anne Boleyn to be and reminded me that evidence can lead to many different ideas about what actually happened. I like how the author never really answered any question that was not fact (such as date of death)
Jul 26, 2012 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: historical, tudors
The most important point to mention at the outset is this book is a collection of essays/posts from a fabulous website that is run by the author. Therefore the book doesn't run like a traditional book - some of the articles are very similar to each other and understandably to a point this is why there is a lot of repetition.

Secondly, the style of the book is very much blog and web speak - it is a very chatty style which makes it very easy to follow and makes you think you're having a chat with
Olivia Longueville
I greatly enjoyed "The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown". Miss Claire Ridgway did a truly amazing job – it was a detailed day-to-day account of the events describing Anne Boleyn’s downfall and preceding her arrest and execution. I like how the events are presented in a diary and chronological format, and I admire the depth of the research the author undertook to paint a tragic picture of Anne’s quick and mind-blowing fall from her pedestal and to give the realistic answers to the question we all ...more
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Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books On This Day in Tudor History(October 2012), The Anne Boleyn Collection (Feb 2012), The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown (April 2012), The Anne Boleyn Collection II (September 2013) George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat (April 2014), Sweating Sickness: In an Nutshell (August 2014), Illustrated Kings and Queens of England (November 20 ...more
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“As I read about her background, her relationship with Henry, her reaction to the birth of Elizabeth, her love of fashion, art and culture, her strong faith, her downfall and the courage and dignity with which she faced her last days, I see glimpses of the real Anne Boleyn and begin to know her. She” 0 likes
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