Anne Boleyn: In Her Own Words & the Words of Those Who Knew Her (1)

Anne Boleyn: In Her Own Words & the Words of Those Who Knew Her (1)

By: Elizabeth Norton (author)Hardback

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The complete letters, dispatches and chronicles that tell the real story of Anne Boleyn. Anne Boleyn, the second wife of Henry VIII, caused comment wherever she went. Through the chronicles, letters and dispatches written by both Anne and her contemporaries, it is possible to see her life and thoughts as she struggled to become queen of England, ultimately ending her life on the scaffold. Only through the original sources is it truly possible to evaluate the real Anne. George Wyatt's Life of Queen Anne provided the first detailed account of the queen, based on the testimony of those that knew her. The poems of Anne's supposed lover, Thomas Wyatt, as well as accounts such as Cavendish's Life of Wolsey also give details of her life, as do the hostile dispatches of the Imperial Ambassador, Eustace Chapuys and the later works of the slanderous Nicholas Slander and Nicholas Harpsfield. Henry VIII's love letters and many of Anne's own letters survive, providing an insight into the love affair that changed England forever. The reports on Anne's conduct in the Tower of London show the queen's shock and despair when she realised that she was to die. Collected together for the first time, these and other sources make it possible to view the real Anne Boleyn through her own words and those of her contemporaries.

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Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. Her other books include ANNE BOLEYN: HENRY VIII'S OBSESSION, JANE SEYMOUR: HENRY VIII'S TRUE LOVE ('Meticulously researched and a great read' THEANNEBOLEYNFILES.COM), CATHERINE PARR ('Scintillating' THE FINANCIAL TIMES; 'Norton cuts an admirably clear path through tangled Tudor intrigues' JENNY UGLOW, 'Wonderful - a joy to read' HERSTORIA), MARGARET BEAUFORT: MOTHER OF THE TUDOR DYNASTY, ANNE OF CLEVES: HENRY VIII'S DISCARDED BRIDE, ENGLAND'S QUEENS: THE BIOGRAPHY (all published by Amberley Publishing) and SHE WOLVES: THE NOTORIOUS QUEENS OF ENGLAND. Her next book will be the first ever biography of Bessie Blount, mistress of Henry VIII and mother to his first child which will also be published by Amberley. She lives in Kingston Upon Thames.


Introduction 1 George Wyatt's Life of Queen Anne Boleigne 2 Early Life, c.1501-1526 Letters Relating to Anne's Time in Brussels; Documents Relating to Anne's Proposed Marriage to James Butler; Extract from Hall's Chronicle on Anne's Appearance at a Court Masque; Extract from Cavendish's Life of Wolsey on the love between Anne Boleyn and Henry Percy; The Earl of Northumberland to Cromwell, denying any contract or promise of marriage between Anne Boleyn and himself; Supposed letter from Anne Boleyn to an Acquaintance, after 1524; Wyatt's Poems Referring to his Relationship with Anne; Nicholas Sander on Anne's Early Life and Supposed Love Affairs. 3 The Love Letters of Henry VIII & Anne Boleyn 4 Queen in Waiting, 1527-1532 Anne's Letters to Cardinal Wolsey; Extract from Cavendish's Life of Wolsey concerning the King's Great Matter and Anne's Role in the Cardinal's Fall; Anne Boleyn to Stephen Gardiner, 4 April 1529; Cardinal du Bellay's Account of the Sweating Sickness in 1528; John Gough's Printed Account of Henry and Anne's Journey to France in 1532; The Despatches of Eustace Chapuys Relating to the Divorce of Catherine of Aragon. 5 Queen Anne Boleyn, 1533-1536 Nicholas Harpsfield's Account of the Marriage of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn; Thomas Cranmer to Master Hawkins Concerning the Sentence of Divorce Between Henry VIII and Catherine of Aragon; The Noble Triumphant Coronation of Queen Anne, Wife unto the Most Noble King Henry the VIIIth; Nicholas Udall's English Verses and Ditties at the Coronation Procession of Queen Anne Boleyn; Extract from Wriothesley's Chronicle on Anne's Coronation and the birth of Princess Elizabeth; Anne's Letters as Queen; Lady Skeffyngton to Anne Boleyn, 26 January 1536; Extract from the Life of Jane Dormer by Henry Clifford; Queen Anne Boleyn to Lady Shelton, January 1536; Mary Boleyn to Thomas Cromwell, 1534; The Despatches of Eustace Chapuys Relating to Anne's Time as Queen. 6 A Memorial from George Constantyne to Thomas Lord Cromwell 7 The Fall of Anne Boleyn, May 1536 The Despatches of Eustace Chapuys Relating to the Fall of Anne Boleyn; The Chronicle of Henry VIII from the Death of Catherine of Aragon to the Execution of Anne Boleyn; Extract from the Metrical Visions by George Cavendish Concerning the Fortunes and Fall of the Most Eminent Persons of His Time; Wyatt's Poems on Anne's Fall; Cranmer's Letter to Henry VIII on Anne's Fall; Alexander Ales to Queen Elizabeth I, 1558; Letters Concerning the Fall of Anne Boleyn; Manuscript Account of Anne's Trial; The Trials of Anne Boleyn and Lord Rochford, 15 May 1536; Anne Boleyn to Lady Wingfield, c.1532; Elizabeth, Countess of Worcester to Thomas Cromwell, 1537; Lady Rochford to Thomas Cromwell; Extract from Cavendish's Metrical Visions on Jane, Viscountess Rochford; Cromwell to Gardiner and Wallop, Ambassadors in France, 14 May 1536; Anne's Letter to Henry VIII from the Tower; Poems Supposedly Written by Anne in the Tower; Extract from the Chronicle of Calais; Extract from Wriothesley's Chronicle on Anne's Trial and Death; English Summary of the Poem on Anne Composed by Lancelot de Carles, a Member of the French Embassy in London on 2 June 1536; Translation of a Letter from a Portuguese Gentleman to a Friend in Lisbon, Describing the Execution of Anne Boleyn, Lord Rochford, Brereton, Norris, Smeaton and Weston; Anonymous Imperialist Account of Anne's Death from the Archives at Brussels; Extract from Foxe's Actes and Monuments on the Deaths of Catherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn; Extract from Hall's Chronicle on the Death of Anne Boleyn; Extract from a Letter from Mary of Hungary, Regent of the Netherlands, to her brother, the Archduke Ferdinand, 23 May 1536, from the Archives at Brussels. Notes Bibliography List of Illustrations Index

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  • publication date: 01/04/2011
  • ISBN13: 9781445600437
  • Format: Hardback
  • Number Of Pages: 384
  • ID: 9781445600437
  • weight: 857
  • ISBN10: 1445600439
  • edition: 1

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