In The Lady in the Tower, Anne is imprisoned in the Tower of London, recounting her life in its entirety in an effort to distract herself from her present state She details her early life at Hever, the years spent in the court of France, and her relations with James Butler, Henry Percy and Thomas Wyatt All of this makes up the first half of the story and leads up to the Henry VIII s entrance into Anne s life.
Losing her mother at a young age, Anne was precocious and wise beyond her years well prepared to join the King s sister, who had become the Queen of France Born into an ambitious family, court life suited her though she loathed the position her sister had taken as Fran ois mistress and later Henry VIII s She was aware of the gossip and ribaldry focused on Mary s promiscuity and she was shamed and horrified at the indignity of it, and very determined not to follow in her footsteps This, and a natural inclination to chastity, set her resolve that would one day hold off the King of England for seven years before their marriage.
She gained a love of learning and was greatly influenced by the French King s sister, Marguerite d Angoul me During Anne s stay in the France, Martin Luther published his Ninety Five Theses and the budding Protestant Reformation interested the young philosophically minded courtiers, Anne included This influence would shape Anne s future, as it set the foundation to the upcoming changes in Henry VIII s religious policies, instituting the break from Rome and beginning the Church of England.
Before joining the English court, her father, who was rising high in the King s favor thanks to his elder daughter , came home to ready for a visit from King Henry Anne, pondering her dismal future as the wife of James Bulter, an Irish peer, is not impressed by the King and decides to play a trick on him when he happens upon her in the garden unannounced She pretends to believe he is a gentleman of the court and proceeds to ridicule the court, comparing it to that of France Thus both angered and fascinated, the King makes himself known and Anne deftly extricates herself by feigning her purpose to have been amusement, and not pretension.
Plaidy stages Anne to meet James Bulter at court, where he is much taken with her, but she is indifferent to him mostly because she has no desire to live in Ireland When it is announced that there is to be no betrothal, she is relieved and believes there must have been a change in policy which negated the alliance Her chance meeting with Henry Percy, the heir to the Earl of Northumberland, was different in that she was drawn to him and both were enad of the other Their forced split and her subsequent dismissal from court was a low point in Anne s young life and caused the coldness she felt toward men, especially the powerful Cardinal Wosley and the King once she learned he was the cause.
As the first half of the book ends, Thomas Wyatt, a neighbor of Hever and childhood playmate of George and the Boleyn sisters, makes his feelings known to Anne Though already married, he wished Anne to dally, but is much mistaken in his presumption that she will fall for his handsomeness, wit and flowery writing Anne Boleyn will be no man s mistress and thus the chase begins for King Henry VIII Anne finally gave in to the fact that Henry would not stop pursuing her, and if she could not have the life she wanted with Henry Percy, heir to the Earl of Northumberland, she could at least be the highest lady in the land Though she did not love the King, she couldn t help feeling elated by his attentions, and the continuing attentions of the bright young men at court Here the book goes into detail about The King s Secret Matter and the steps he was taking to divorce Katharine There were many political obstacles between Henry and his heart s desire, such as the ever changing alliances with either France or Spain, as suited the needs of policy.
Wosley s downfall precipitated Anne s in that, for the first time, she lost a little of Henry s regard when she gloated over the man s demise Though still infatuated with Anne, Cranmer and Cromwell were turning him onto the idea that the break with Rome was about power and wealth as much as his matrimonial affairs His ever obliging conscience saw the need for reform only because it bolstered his own cause and lined his pockets.
Anne let her guard down after Katharine was sent away and she was named Marquess of Pembroke Politically, this was Henry s way of making Anne fit to be presented at the upcoming meeting with the French king, as she wasn t the queen It served little, however, when the Queen of France who was from Spain refused to accompany the court and thus only the men of the two countries were allowed their entertainments and political strategics Anne, however, came away from this event with something in her favor she was pregnant.
Henry finally thumbed his nose at the Pope and had his ministers declare his marriage to Katharine invalid He and Anne had a small, quiet ceremony in January of 1533 and began planning for her coronation in May This was a time of triumph for Anne, though it was to be short lived Before their daughter, the future Elizabeth I, was born, Henry s eye was already roaming There was an unnamed lady of the court who had caught the attention of the King, and Anne s gossip hungry sister in law kept her informed of the affair Anne, not known for keeping her temper, railed at the king and was quickly put in her place with the words, You will close your eyes as your betters did before you This was the point where Anne found she had gambled much for Henry s love and found it was not altogether as exciting as she d once thought She began to know the tyrant, and loathed him, but she was not ready to give up the fight for her place She would swallow her pride and focus on bringing herself security in the form of a male heir.
It was not to be she suffered several miscarriages and the old pattern Henry had experienced with Katharine began to emerge With each, Anne lost a little of Henry s regard, and because he was tired of her he began to look for a way out of the marriage Anne finally realized her efforts were futile, but still she played the meek wife in hopes of bonding their marriage and conceiving another child.
Meanwhile Henry met with Cromwell to devise a way to be rid of Anne It is thought at first that he would divorce her as he did Katharine, but when Mark Smeaton and the men of the court were arrested, Anne saw that he desired a permanent solution treason and death Until the end Anne was cool and level headed, sending a letter that must have taunted him for the rest of his life Commend me to His Majesty and tell him that he hath been ever constant in his career of advancing me from private gentlewoman he made me a marquess from marquess to a queen and now he hath no higher honor of degree, he gives my innocency the crown of martyrdom This characterization of Anne Boleyn is the most detailed and historically accurate fictional account this reader has encountered It is the book I always recommend on the subject and one of my favorite novels of all time Henry VIII s complex personality is displayed magnificently, explaining his struggle of desire versus conscience Anne is portrayed not as the calculated schemer and or black eyed witch of some embroidered fiction, but as a woman who was thrust into a tyrant s world and made the best choices she could with what was presented and her own personality allowed.
One Of History S Most Complex And Alluring Women Comes To Life In This Classic Novel By The Legendary Jean PlaidyYoung Anne Boleyn Was Not Beautiful But She Was Irresistible, Capturing The Hearts Of Kings And Commoners Alike Daughter Of An Ambitious Country Lord, Anne Was Sent To France To Learn Sophistication, And Then To Court To Marry Well And Raise The Family S Fortunes She Soon Surpassed Even Their Greatest Expectations Although His Queen Was Loving And Loyal, King Henry VIII Swore He Would Put Her Aside And Make Anne His Wife And So He Did, Though The Divorce Would Tear Apart The English Church And Inflict Religious Turmoil And Bloodshed On His People For Generations To ComeLoathed By The English People, Who Called Her The King S Great Whore, Anne Boleyn Was Soon Caught In The Trap Of Her Own Ambition Political Rivals Surrounded Her At Court And, When She Failed To Produce A Much Desired Male Heir, They Closed In, Preying On The King S Well Known Insecurity And Volatile Temper Wrongfully Accused Of Adultery And Incest, Anne Found Herself Imprisoned In The Tower Of London, Where She Was At The Mercy Of Her Husband And Of Her Enemies This was ok Lots of weirdly incorrect facts but this was written in the 80 s so I m not sure how much of what is now common knowledge was in the 80 s.
Debo aceptar que uno de los personajes hist ricos que m s me FASCINAN es Ana Bolena Primero que nada para apreciar a esta mujer se debe uno quitar de la mente la idea que se da en el libro pel cula de La Otra BolenaAna Bolena no era unaevil bitchNo, no creo que lo fuera, tampoco creo que ella fuera una santa, pero simplemente fue una mujer inteligente al principio, muy ambiciosa, segura de ella misma y de sus creencias y capaz de hacer que un hombre o mejor dicho que un rey se OBSESIONARA completamente con ella a pesar de no caer en el estereotipo t pico de la belleza en esos tiempos, no digo que no fuera hermosa solo que Ana ten a el cabello negro, los ojos oscuros y no era tan blanca como se acostumbraba S que lo que le hizo a Catalina otra de mis personajes hist ricos favoritos y a su hija Mar a no fue nada noble y en su momento le toco vivirlo o pagarlo como lo quieran ver con todas las infidelidades de Enrique VIII casi al segundo de que Ana se convirti en su esposa, aun as es m s que obvio que todo de lo que se le acuso adulterio, incesto y alta traici n fue inventado ya sea por sus enemigos o por Enrique VIII del cual puedes esperar cualquier cosa con tal de deshacerse de lo que ya no le estaba funcionado Creo que su vida estuvo llena de iron as y una de ellas fue que a pesar de que Enrique quiera un hijo var n a como fuera lugar, para que su descendencia siguiera gobernando, fue Elizabeth I Isabel I su hija con Ana Bolena, la que es considerada una de las mejores monarcas y su reinado duro aproximadamente 44 a os Con respecto al libro de Jean Plaidy, es bastante bueno por el mismo motivo que no pone a Ana como la villana y te narra su supuesta historia desde que estaba en la corte francesa hasta su ltima noche en la Torre de Londres mientras espera ser decapitada Mi nica queja del libro es que la autora suele ser bastante repetitiva con algunos aspectos.
The Lady in the Tower is the story of how Anne Boleyn became Queen Anne and of her subsequent downfall The narrative opens with Anne s imprisonment in the Tower, whence she writes a letter to Henry VIII to give him twinges of conscience She knows him far too well She can see him clearly in her mind s eye and thus she wondersW here did I go wrong When was that moment when I could have adverted the change So Anne s thoughts trace the course of events that led her to the Tower the early years at the French court, her return to England and the King s courtship, the conflict with Wolsey, the secret marriage and the coronation the achievement of perfection And then the turn of her fortune the miscarriages, the danger, the tower.
If Mrs Plaidy excels in narrative, enhanced by historical accuracy and attention to details I greatly appreciated those about Anne s clothes , I think that she somehow fails with dialogues Anne s exchanges with the King lack in pathos and depht If I liked the young Anne Boleyn, strong willed and absolutely resolute to be no man s mistress , nor even the King s, I didn t appreciate the woman Anne, whose only passions are ambition, arrogance and vengeance However in the end Anne s voice made me symphatise with The Lady in the Tower, how couldn t II wished I had been a better person I could see clearly now my folly at every turn I am not sure whether any action of mine would have altered my fate Perhaps I shall not be forgotten, but remembered as the Queen who was murdered because she stood in the way of one who had power, cruelly and most unjustly, to murder those who were an encumbrance to him Very soon now they will be leading me out to the Green Before this day is over, my life will be no This makes up for trying to watch the Tudors on t.
v 99% less sex and much history I listened to this because of the comments I heard that Anne Boleyn was somewhat helpful in kick starting the Christian reformation but not really in a good or bad way But necessary This account takes us through most of Anne s life and shows us the struggles of attempting to do what she thought might be the noble thing But it s best not to always trust your thoughts, better to get a 2nd or 3rd opinion, However good luck getting any honest, or theologically correct, advise in the days of King Henry the 8th Pretty much everyone was scheming and murdering to better their standing s in society And the infamous Anne Boleyn fell for it hook, line and sinker But many people are well aware of all that I was glad Anne had some virtue on occasion I m sure many people see her as the Kingdom wrecker and nothing else If it wasn t her it would have been 5 other Bimbo s addicted to fame and luxury History shows this clearly But my interest in this tale is purely about William Tyndale 1494 1536.
He is the man mostly responsible for giving us the King James English translation of the Bible This whole debacle happened around and through King Henry not that Henry really cared in the slightest although some pompous ass labelled him DEFENDER OF THE FAITH it was granted on 11 October, 1521 by Pope Leo X to King Henry VIII of England Whoops Did a Pope really do that Bhahaha Best not to trust Popes about important theological issues Anyway, Anne Boleyn was very interested in theological discussions of the day and kept an ear open for Reformation tidbits and the writings of William Tyndale and others Of course she and Henry used the Bible for their own lusty desires and failed to truly comprehend anything eternally significant although Boleyn does seem to have a heart for Gospel truth near the Tower Events that put an end to her social significance It would be great to see this lady in Heaven one day Possibly this is similar to King David s Bathsheba affair But Henry was definitely NO David.
And i m always fascinated to learn of Sir Thomas More YES the Catholic church thought it wise to give the murderer of William Tyndale a Sainthood and people wonder why i m not Catholic In England, however, under the 1408 Constitutions of Oxford, it was strictly forbidden to translate the Bible into the native tongue This ban was vigorously enforced by Cardinal Wolsey and the Lord Chancellor, Sir Thomas More, in an attempt to prevent the rise of English Lutheranism Some Catholic defenders proudly boast that William Tyndale was put to death because he was a heretic AND NOT BECAUSE OF HIS ENGLISH BIBLE TRANSLATION this is even horrifying, since I haven t bothered to translate any bibles recently But Tyndale and I share a great deal of theological beliefsshould I expect the Catholic church to come knocking on my door with pitchforks and a Noose HmmmmAnd Anne Boleyn was caught up in the thick of this May God have mercy Now I have to figure out how the other wives died.
I loved that Anne stressed that she loved her daughter dearly, often she is portrayed as hating the child who was not a boy The care that she showed the child was very endearing I m not sure if it was believable that she wished to feed Elizabeth herself Then it occurred to me, it s not easy to tread safely when dealing with Royalty If only Anne had remembered the lessons she learned while serving Mary in the French court when dealing with Henry Plaidy wrote a much innocent view of the Antics of the French Court the Robin Maxwell did in her book Mademoiselle Boleyn, although she too refers to Mary Boleyn as the English Mare, ready to be ridden by any man who wanted her I like how she choose to have Henry suggest that Anne become his queen instead of his mistress It makes Anne seem much less calculating then she is so often portrayed to be I also like how Anne believes that it will never happen Plaidy writes so many warning signs to the dangers to Anne ahead It makes me wonder if there were signs there and she ignored them.
It s been almost 10 years since I read this In the interim, I ve read current novels by countless authors about doomed Queen Anne Boleyn However, re reading this has solidified my belief that no one has blended with documented factual information a better fictional account of Anne s rise and fall then Plaidy.
This is a smooth and easy read with good characterizations and dialog It s impossible for anyone to know how Anne really came off personality wise, but novels written about her usually fall into 2 camps those that portray her as a full out bitchy shrew, or those that cast her as an intellectual femme fetale wise beyond her time and greatly misunderstood Plaidy weaves both of these aspects into her portrayal of Anne, and only near the end does it ring false for me hence the loss of one star.
I would highly recommend this novel for those readers who don t enjoy non fiction history, but want to learn about this fascinating woman s life and times.
Henry s determination to marry her, in part, led to the separation of the Church of England from the Roman Catholic Church.
Another reason was that Henry wanted the wealth of the Church in his own hands being a greedy grasping man.
The book begins with Anne s incarceration in the Tower of London as she reflects on her life.
We are taken back to when Anne was seven years old and traveled to France to serve in the household of Princess Mary, sister of Henry VIII, and wed to the King of France, Louis XII.
We are given the colorful details Anne experiences and witnesses in the Royal French Court Anne s beautiful sister Mary becomes mistress to the new king of France, Francois, but is sent back to England in disgrace , because of her lack of discretion at the French court.
Mary was simply too trusting and simple to hide her indiscretions which were all too common in the French court, but were done in secretive and hiding fashion, Mary Boleyn with her big beautiful blue eyes saw no evil, thought no evil and spoke no evil, but gave her love freely without considering the consequences.
She was sent back to England and married to a poor nobleman, William Carey.
Mary Boleyn later became mistress to King Henry VIII.
She too was discarded by Henry who became infatuated with Anne, and became determined to make her his mistress despite her refusal.
Anne s love with with a young and honest nobleman Henry Percy was destroyed by King Henry and Cardinal Wolsey.
And eventually Anne enticed to marry King Henry in exchange for becoming Queen.
Henry secretly married Anne in January, 1533 Henry s Archbishop of Canterbury Thomas Cranmer pronounced Henry s first marriage null and void.
Anne Boleyn was crowned queen in June and because of circumstances beyond her control was unpopular with the English people and had many enemies.
Anne gave birth to Elizabeth in June.
But Henry a cruel and selfish man had wanted a boy and soon tired of Anne.
After she repeatedly failed to produce a male heir, Henry and his chief minister Thomas Cromwell had Anne framed for adultery and executed.
Anne reflects in this book on all that passed and the target that could have been averted She reflects that the way in which the king showed no compassion for his former mistress, Anne s sister Mary, after she was widowed and fell into dire poverty He had discarded her and wished not to be reminded of her existence.
Anne recounts how she should have had some insight into the nature of the King and what lay in store for her.
She reflects that hypocrisy was second in nature to Henry and he used it so well because he believed it when he said it.
Only just before her execution did she realize that behind his mask of geniality bluff King Hal was a selfish misogynistic monster and murderer.
A tragic story of a woman who was chosen by Henry and stood no chance after he selected her as his paramour.
Her great dignity and courage in the tower in the face of death, her great fear being only for the future of her three year old daughter Elizabeth, is extremely moving.
I think Jean Plaidy is a far superior historical novelist to Philippa Gregory because Plaidy s novels are historically accurate and pay greater attention to historical detail.