Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's Tragic Queen

This powerful new biography presents a portrait of Anne Boleyn different from the unsavory and unflattering accounts of her that have come down through history Instead, we learn about the real Anne a woman who was highly literate, accomplished, an intellectual, and a devout defender of her Protestant faith Anne s tragedy began when her looks and vivacious charm attractedThis powerful new biography presents a portrait of Anne Boleyn different from the unsavory and unflattering accounts of her that have come down through history Instead, we learn about the real Anne a woman who was highly literate, accomplished, an intellectual, and a devout defender of her Protestant faith Anne s tragedy began when her looks and vivacious charm attracted the notice of England s violent and paranoid king whose love for her trapped her in the vicious politics of the Tudor court This compelling account of Anne Boleyn plunges the reader into the intrigue, romance, and danger of King Henry VIII s court and the turbulent times that would change England forever It will forever change our perception of this much maligned queen.
Anne Boleyn A New Life of England s Tragic Queen This powerful new biography presents a portrait of Anne Boleyn different from the unsavory and unflattering accounts of her that have come down through history Instead we learn about the real Anne a

  • Title: Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's Tragic Queen
  • Author: Joanna Denny
  • ISBN: 9780306815409
  • Page: 420
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's Tragic Queen”

    1. This is a readable book, and a quick read at that. If you are looking for a good biography of Anne Boleyn, however, this isn' t it. The first thing that any reader should know is that Denny has a very anti-Catholic bias. Every Catholic in this book is evil. Every non-Catholic is a wonderful person.It's not so much Denny's bias that is disturbing (look at the Church at that time), it's her opinions that she passes off as facts. Denny will state that "Anne was appalled" or "thought" something, but [...]

    2. I'm a bit shocked that this book has such a high rating on . It's one of the worst biographies I've ever read. I have always admired Anne Boleyn as a historical figure, but even I can admit that this book is terribly biased in favor of Anne. It has a clear pro-Protestant, anti-Catholic agenda which Denny promotes throughout, which ultimately results in her worshipping Anne and criticizing Katherine of Aragon at every chance. I wouldn't be surprised if Denny had had a shrine in her house set up f [...]

    3. From reading this biography, I know almost as much about Anne Boleyn as I do about author Joanna Denny's hatred of Catholicism. Denny does raise some interesting discussion points about the source of Catherine of Aragon's fertility problems and the origin of Henry VIII's desire to annul his marriage to his first wife. However, what sticks in my mind is her vitriolic, venomous portrayal of everyone who was not a Boleyn supporter. I was especially disturbed and unconvinced by her version of Cather [...]

    4. I really did not think much of Joanna Denny's conclusions here; she should stick to writing fiction, for clearly she cannot do history right. Her broad, sweeping statements were unprofessional, and her judgmental characterizations and utter lack of sympathy for people such as Catherine of Aragon were very off-putting. There are loads better Anne Boleyn analyses out there; give this one a miss.

    5. I'm always up for a new Anne Boleyn biography. Anne has been a huge part of my life since I was about eleven. She inspired me to research women's history; she began my pathway towards feminism; and she's inspired a tattoo that I'm soon getting. Also, I'd heard that Joanna Denny was talking shit about Philippa Gregory. And, well--talking shit about PG is always welcome where I come from. Little did I knowThe GoodUm, well. She's certainly passionate, isn't she? Nobody can deny that Denny LIKES her [...]

    6. I bought this one against my better judgment since it was cheap at our closing Borders. Even-handedness doesn't appear to be this author's strong point.

    7. I was so disappointed in this biography. I am a huge Anne Boleyn fan but this was so biased towards her it was almost annoying. The author needed to include more footnotes or other type of credit to her sources as I found it hard to believe she knew how Anne or Katherine of Aragon or Henry VIII was actually feeling; yet she stated these "feelings" as though they were fact. She repeated information and what seemed like entire paragraphs through the book which was annoying. This book felt and read [...]

    8. My main reason for reviewing this book is to warn anyone who is planning to use it for a classroom assignment. Be careful -- this book is full of factual errors. For example, right after page 246 the portrait of Mary is misdated -- the portrait itself clearly identifies both the sitter and her age at the time the portrait was painted! Instead use the Ives bio. of Anne Boleyn. I attempted to check some other citations and was not able to do so. Ives offers better scholarship, his writing is clear [...]

    9. This is classified as a biography but actually reads more like historical fiction. My middle-school daughter made the mistake of trying to use this book as a primary reference for a term paper this year. The structure of the biography, the sparsity of reference dates, and Denny's penchant for stating a "fact" about Anne Boleyn then recanting it several pages later, made it a miserable reference book. So much so, that I had to step in and read the book too in order to help her sort it all out. Ho [...]

    10. Intelligent, articulate women are viewed as a threat in patriarchal cultures. Add organized religion to the mix and the physical well-being of female members of that culture are very much at risk. Joanna Denny exposes the dark underbelly of the Catholic church in this book about Anne Boleyn--the second wife of King Henry VIII in England during the 16th century. Catholicism held sway over the civilized world for over a thousand years. When Martin Luther attempted to reveal the "sins" of this reli [...]

    11. I was very disappointed by this biography. The language is emotive at best, inflammatory for much of the rest. There is no criticism of Anne, none whatsoever. She was a virgin (the only one at Court) who only eventually succumbed to Henry's advances to promote her evangelical faith. Once Queen, she donated a fortune to charity and was a devoted mother to her daughter. Brilliantly intelligent Anne, even by today's standards, managed to do everything, do it well, despite the conspiracies against h [...]

    12. This brilliantly written history book paints an entirely different picture from the idea of Anne we have from films, tv, shows, books and even what we would have been told in out school history lessons. Joanna really know her stuff. She pulls apart many "facts" told about Anne. A good example of this is about her sixth finger. I was taught about her sixth finger in History and it's also written about in the 'Horrible history' books. But as Joanna points out, there is no way Anne would have been [...]

    13. Although this book is bad, I don't regret I bought it - at least I saw with my own eyes that some authors are biased in Anne Boleyn's favor to the limits of absurd. Denny's peculiar biography is full of praise for Anne Boleyn - Anne comes across as religious, chaste and oh-so-wonderful young woman who was caught into the eye of political and religious turmoil.Denny's Anne is flawless - every source that depicts her in an unsympathetic light is quickly dismissed by author as unreliable or biased. [...]

    14. Denny has familial connections to the Boleyns and her bias is clear and unapologetic. Boleyn was obviously a complicated, brilliant and polarizing figure, but Denny's hagiography ludicrously ignores or minimizes anything remotely unflattering in contemporary accounts.

    15. As I read this book, it was very difficult to refrain from comparing it to Warnicke's biography of Anne Boleyn, which is still very fresh in my memory. Joanna Denny's biography is less scholarly, and poorly edited. In her favor, though, Denny has written a popular history that is easy to comprehend and doesn't require as much prior knowledge of Tudor politics as Warnicke's. Some scholars disdain popular history, but I firmly support any book that makes history accessible to the widest audience p [...]

    16. I probably enjoyed this biography for the same reason many others did not: Denny's very obvious anti-Catholic bias and almost saintlike portrayal of Anne Boleyn. Most authors (at least until the past decade or two) either tend to pity or revile Anne, so it was interesting to have someone argue that she was a strong political player whose Protestant beliefs did actually give her a moral edge. While Denny's evidence of this tends to be based more on speculation, the fact is that most of what we kn [...]

    17. I found this book to be an easy and enjoyable read. For a historical biography it was markedly conversational and carries along at a relaxed pace. However, when it comes to historical accuracy I have my doubts. Denny carries an obvious anti-Catholic bias and almost refuses to hear any negativity towards AnneDenny paints a sympathetic picture of Anne, as a highly intelligent and educated woman, and completely discounts theories defiling her character. Her views of Anne, paint a portrait of a brig [...]

    18. First of all let me say that I love reading anything about Tudor England and I thought I could gain a new perspective on Anne Boleyn by reading this book. Wrong!! Joanna Denny tries to portray Anne as a Saint who was wronged and who tried to do nothing but good for England. I think anyone who really knows Tudor England would tell you that she's anything but a Saint. So all-in-all I guess I did gain a new perspective on Anne Boleyn and I'd have to say she seems lower to me now than before.

    19. This was a decent biography, although heavily biased. The author tries to paint Anne Boleyn as a saint, basically shooting down every single person besides her. It's nice to finally find a biography that doesn't present completely absurd theories, painting her as a horrible witch, but from what I've read of Eric Ive's bio on her, I'd pass on this one.

    20. In this book Denny sets out to "correct" the negative impression history has left on Anne Boleyn, but unfortunatly she goes to the opposite extreme painting Boleyn as a passive victim to Henry VIII and history.Read more atbilinguallibrarian/200

    21. I only made it half way through this book before giving up on it and I am shocked that I read as far as I did. The bias in this book makes me think Ms. Denny would have been very good in the field of propaganda,but not so good in the area of fact.

    22. I have to admit that when I first picked up this book I was a little sceptical. I have heard many things about Denny’s book on Anne Boleyn, some positive and some negative. I was not sure what to think but was determined to go into this book with an open and positive mind. I wanted to take the book for what it was and see what Denny had to say about the life of Anne Boleyn. Unfortunately when I came to the end of the book I found myself feeling quite disappointed. Overall when reading this boo [...]

    23. DNF at pg. 98I couldn't do it. I just couldn't.The writing was excellent, first off. Engaging and the perfect mix between formal and informal. Really, it was wonderfully written and despite the other things wrong with this book, I was hoping that would push me forward. Ms Denny wrote wonderfully, definitely capturing it all and making this intriguing rather than run-of-the-mill. There are so many things about Anne Boleyn these days and no new information to draw from. There's only so many times [...]

    24. I was drawn to this by the rumble of differing user reviews it generated. I was intrigued as to what had elicited such a polarised response. What I found was a well written, if sympathetically biased, take on this infamous consort.Few would read only one biography of such a queen and consider it gospel. History was so changed over this one marriage that readers must strike their own balance of knowledge, expect to encounter differing biographical positions and respect the entire consensus spectr [...]

    25. Anne Boleyn is my all-time favorite historical figure, and I'm always happy to find a sympathetic portrayal of her in academia. But this biographer goes out of her way to elevate Anne to sainthood while utterly decimating everyone else: Henry VIII was a dangerous man-child, but I have difficulty believing Denny's claims that he was a sexually aggressive and overtly predatory monster preying on our virtuous Anne. Mary Boleyn was reduced to a dimwitted whore who Anne "clearly disliked," despite an [...]

    26. There have been a lot written about Anne Boleyn, and this one presented Anne in a slightly different light. Was Anne wrongly accused and falsely painted by her enemies and ultimately her husband, Henry VIII? Yes of course. Was she an intelligent woman who defied those during that time period with learnings towards the Protestant faith? Yes. Was she the witch and adulteress that everyone (Catholics and others who viewed the Boleyn as upstarts) thought and portrayed her as? No. Ultimately, she is [...]

    27. I would have appreciated this book coming with a warning label--I thought it would be a biography from a fresh perspective, but rather it's an Evangelical Christian attempt to canonize Anne Boleyn while vilifying Catherine of Aragon, the House of Lancaster, the Roman Church, and anything or anyone else who might cast the slightest shadow on Anne's sanctity. Denny achieves this with stark inconsistencies, declaring Henry VIII to be a childish, demanding, intellectually lazy man in one breath and [...]

    28. So, I'm total Tudor history nerd, and I love anything about Henry VIII and his wife, especially Anne Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth I. I found this book at the library and was immediately smitten b/c I loved seeing a new take on Anne's life. The more I got into it the more I was amazed. Instead of the scheming, conniving, seducer of a king, here was a woman educated in the French court who was really more interested in her faith(moving along Lutheranism) than she was becoming queen. In this book, An [...]

    29. It is actually very hard to get a 'true' and factually correct account of any historical figure from this time because of the bias employed by whoever was writing it at the time, and who was on the throne at the time, which affects which religious faction is in charge at the time of writing.I don't really know how accurate this or any other book is when it comes to facts so I can only go by whether or not I enjoyed reading it, and I did enjoy this one. I just love to read about figures from Tudo [...]

    30. I have always been a firm defender of Anne Boleyn. I never once believed in the terrible things that were said about her to discredit Elizabeth's right to the throne. Anne Boleyn was the innocent victim of the intrigues of her time. That being said, I also don't believe that she was the saint that Denny made her out to be. Denny is the one who states that she was raised and educated to be enter into an advantageous marriage that would benefit her family. She had seen how Margaret of Austria was [...]

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