The last days of Anne Boleyn


Anne Boleyn

Just as I was writing my latest post on the 400th anniversary of the assassination of the bon roy Henri IV, I was finishing C.W. Gortner’s beautiful Confessions of Catherine de Medici (more on this one soon…) Also rereading Madame de Lafayette’s Princesse de Clèves, featuring, among other historical characters, the same Catherine and her daughter-in-law, Mary Queen of Scots. So you could say I am in a Renaissance mood these days.

Thanks to Elena Maria Vidal of Tea at Trianon, I discovered a fascinating series of posts on the last days of Anne Boleyn at Gareth Russell’s Confessions of a Ci-Devant. Begin with Mayday 1536, and you won’t be able to stop. We all know how this tragic story ends, of course, but I am anxiously waiting for the next installment. Poor Queen Anne Boleyn, so shamefully defamed, first by her husband, then in The Other Boleyn Girl, deserved no less.

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8 Comments to “The last days of Anne Boleyn”

  1. Catherine Delors says:

    Glad to keep you busy, Penny!

  2. Penny says:

    I just noticed the reference to Princess of Cleves. I am trying to read it too. Linda R. finally has her copy. But I am also reading something else you recommended.

  3. Penny says:

    Yes, felt bad about the calumny against her. Henry VIII just couldn’t accept a daughter
    as heir and so he spread lies about Elizabeth and before that made his first wife miserable.
    and all the confessions he collected against her just prove how torture is ineffective against terrorism.

    Now if there is a giveaway for Catherine de Medici, I’m In.

  4. Thanks for the heads up – I must have missed Elena’s post. I’m off to check out the confessions!

  5. Catherine Delors says:

    What is so refreshing about Gareth’s account is that he lays out clearly what we know, and don’t know of Anne. The Confessions is great, Elizabeth, fast-paced, also a fresh look at a much-maligned woman.

  6. Elizabeth says:

    Thanks for sharing this with people! I hope by spreading this kind of information, people will stop harboring some of their misconceived ideas of Anne Boleyn. I did enjoy, however, Karen Harper’s “The Last Boleyn” (it is one of my favorites) because I think in that book Harper presents as a softer woman and portrays a sisterly bond between Mary and Anne that other authors seem to want to deface. I can’t wait to hear what you have to say about C.W. Gortner’s new book!

  7. Catherine Delors says:

    “Enjoy” is an understatement. What a great job!

  8. Catherine, thank you so much. That is incredibly kind of you and I’m so glad you enjoy the series!

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