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The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn    by Alison Weir order for
Lady in the Tower
by Alison Weir
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Ballantine, 2010 (2010)
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* * *   Reviewed by Mary Ann Smyth

'Nearly five hundred years after her violent death, Anne Boleyn, second wife to Henry VIII, remains one of the world's most popular, controversial, and tragic heroines.' The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn by Alison Weir is 'the first book that examines, in unprecedented depth and with fresh insight, the gripping and chilling story of Anne Boleyn's final days.'

The research that made this book possible is monumental as is the actual presentation of that research in this book. The story of Anne Boleyn triggered Weir's interest in history. In doing an in-depth investigation, this expert in the Tudor Period feels that she has dispelled some of the myths surrounding the Queen, the short span of time she spent as the King's wife, and the reasons for her death.

Master Secretary Thomas Cromwell was integral to Anne's arrest and imprisonment in May 1536, her removal from the throne, and execution. Weir feels that she has 'been able to construct the most convincing case ever for Cromwell's motives for destroying Anne' and has also been able to 'prove almost conclusively that Anne was innocent of the charges laid against her.'

It must have been difficult to prove these points, as well as many others, using documents and letters that are over five hundred years old, but Alison Weir makes a very good case. Anyone interested in English history - and especially in the Tudors and the tragic death of the fascinating mother of Elizabeth I - will find great pleasure in reading The Lady in the Tower.

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