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The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn | [Alison Weir]

The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn

New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir tells the spellbinding tale of the last days of Henry VIII’s second wife. Accused of adultery, incest, and treason, Anne Boleyn is locked in the Tower of London on May 2, 1536. Despite maintaining her innocence, she’s quickly condemned to death. Soon, one sword stroke sends her into eternity. But as her remains rot in the sun—unblessed by coffin, marker, or funeral—few know the truth behind her swift demise.
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New York Times best-selling author Alison Weir tells the spellbinding tale of the last days of Henry VIII’s second wife. Accused of adultery, incest, and treason, Anne Boleyn is locked in the Tower of London on May 2, 1536. Despite maintaining her innocence, she’s quickly condemned to death. Soon, one sword stroke sends her into eternity. But as her remains rot in the sun—unblessed by coffin, marker, or funeral—few know the truth behind her swift demise.

©2010 Alison Weir (P)2010 Recorded Books, LLC

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    Elizabeth Kenosha, WI, United States 04-04-10
    Elizabeth Kenosha, WI, United States 04-04-10 Member Since 2006
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    "Intriguing"

    After having read a score of books on Anna Boleyn's rise and fall, this one seems to be the most thorough and balanced.

    Going through every aspect of Anne's fall, from the very real political machinations to the spectral appearances post mortem, Weir leaves no stone unturned. Disclosing the reasoning behind Anne's vilification and later sympathetic romantic legacy, this book ambitiously weaves through the impact of her life in a balanced way.

    If you love details, historical political intrigue, the stories behind events, or just want a good idea of what really happened- this is likely the best you can do.

    However, if you are hankering after a historical romance, a novelized version that puts you into Anne's daily life, then this may be a little too dry for you. It's not The Other Boleyn Girl, it's just the facts.




    13 of 13 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer United States 11-03-12
    Amazon Customer United States 11-03-12 Member Since 2010
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    The Lady In The Tower / B003D1RUCE

    I gave "The Lady In The Tower" four stars when I rated the text version, but I'm happy to give this audiobook a full five stars. The narration is superb; Judith Boyd captures the text so perfectly that it sounds like we're listening to the author read her own work, which is really the gold standard for narration in my opinion. What faults I had with the book -- such as long snippets of quoted source material that sometimes broke up the flow of the writing -- have been fixed here by the superb narration, and everything sounds deeply harmonious and works together as a whole.

    If you're coming to the audiobook without having read the book, this is a solid scholarly look at the last days of Anne Boleyn. Weir starts with the last time Anne saw her husband Henry, follows the coup that brought down Anne and her faction at court so swiftly, analyzes the trial in close detail, explains the finer details of the execution, and ultimately follows with a quick overview of how Anne has been historically portrayed, depending on era and religious inclination.

    I highly recommend this audiobook, and have already listened to it from start to finish at least three times since I bought it. My only regret is that Boyd doesn't narrate all the Weir non-fiction books available on Audible.

    ~ Ana Mardoll

    3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 01-02-12
    Cariola Chambersburg, PA USA 01-02-12 Member Since 2005

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    "Tudor Junkies Won't Learn Much"

    In The Lady in the Tower, Alison Weir presents an exhaustive study of the downfall of Anne Boleyn, Henry VII's second queen. Unlike many books that begin at the beginning and trace the king's courtship of Anne and her strategies of resistance, this one begins when the marriage is already in trouble: Anne had experienced several miscarriages (at least two of the fetuses were identified as male and the last reported to be severely deformed), and Henry, desirous of a male heir, already had his eye on Jane Seymour. Weir details the last four months of her life, from Henry's growing distance to the last miscarriage, from his efforts to have their marriage annulled to her trial, imprisonment, and execution, and even beyond to the various legends of ghostly apparitions. Although obviously biased in favor of Anne's innocence of the adultery/treason charges, Weir presents strong evidence to back up her opinions. If the book has a dominant flaw, it is its repetitiveness. The author returns to the same points again and again, sometimes with additional evidence (and sometimes not), and the effect is still rather tedious at times. (I actually put the book away for a few weeks, unsure if I would return to finish it.) Overall, I did not learn much about Anne or her last days that wasn't already familiar, but I did learn a bit more about the five men alleged to have been her lovers.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Bonnie-Ann Norristown, PA, United States 10-12-10
    Bonnie-Ann Norristown, PA, United States 10-12-10 Member Since 2008

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    "A bit too much"

    I think that Alison Weir is the definitive historian of the Tudor family and this book again demonstrates her knowledge of the original sources and details of the period. I read a lot of non-fiction works and have been impressed with this author's work time and again.

    However, in this book (which is marketed almost as a tabloid and I therefore didn't buy it initially), Ms. Weir becomes too invested in her own details. The best example is the narrator's droning of the present-day values of the debts of Anne's "co-conspirators." While the details presented are interesting and the storytelling quite good, there were just too many details such as the estate valuation for this book to be an easy listen.

    That being said and despite the false advertising and mediocre narration, the book is fascinating and a good purchase for anyone who wants to focus into their studies of the period.

    5 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-29-13
    Janice Las Vegas, NV, United States 07-29-13

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    "Very Well Researched"

    I have no doubt that the author is an expert in this topic and that she meticulously researched all available documentation. However, I seemed to lose track of the players. Not those integral to the plot but there were so many peripheral cousins, aunts, uncles, etc. I had a terrible time keeping track of who was on the Boleyn side and who colluded to have her accused of the ridiculous charges. Since I was a little girl I have known about Henry the VIII and his string of wives. I saw the movie "The Other Boleyn Girl" and found myself wanting to know the real story rather than Hollywood's version. I did enjoy much of the book once the scheming started but the first part was difficult to stick with as I really could care less who the entire court were and how they fit in. I felt like I was back in History class listening to names and dates of people and things I care nothing about. However, once the plot moved forward to the arrest of Anne Boleyn and the men with which she was charged with the crime of adultery against the King, I was transfixed. It amazes me that Cromwell was able to do this to the Queen. According to this author, he was able to put forth enough convincing evidence to sway the King and many others to his will. However, I suspect it didn't take all that much arm-twisting as many had their own agendas that benefited from her demise. I thought the narration was excellent and all in all I did enjoy this book and learned much about Anne Boleyn that I was not aware of-she was a human being with courage and conviction but also showed a dark side in which she was full of herself and treated others with an unbecoming haughtiness. She also treated poor Mary terribly, which is a large part of why she had so many people willing to believe the worst about her. She realized this in the end and asked for forgiveness, which provides a brief glimpse of the goodness inside her. She also really believed in church reform-right or wrong-another thing that garnered her many enemies. She really was a fascinating character.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Millamant Australia 06-18-10
    Millamant Australia 06-18-10 Member Since 2007
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    "Enjoyable book, average narration"

    This is a thought-provoking and comprehensive book on the last few weeks of Anne Boleyn's life. It persuasively explains her sudden fall from favour and traces the origins of the coup that destroyed her and her family. The actual narration is adequate, and there are some annoying mispronunciations of both English and foreign names which I imagine must have made the author grit her teeth--they certainly made me grit mine. Four stars for the content rather than the delivery.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Denise Elk Grove, CA, United States 11-11-10
    Denise Elk Grove, CA, United States 11-11-10
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    "All over the place..."

    The details are great but repeated over and over. Additionally there is no continuity in timeline meaning the details do not start from point A and end at point Z.
    Narration was fine and kept the interest alive. I love history. I don't need historical fiction to keep me happy, I just like order and organization I can make sense of.
    The bit about the ghosts was just unnecessary silliness.

    3 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Donna 04-25-14
    Donna 04-25-14 Member Since 2012
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    "A great tale!"

    I have an affinity for stories (albeit fiction or non-fiction) about English royalty. And, Allison Weir is one of my favorite authors in that genre.

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