During the spring of 1536 in Tudor England, events conspire to bring down Anne Boleyn, the Queen of England. The coup against the Queen results in the brutal executions of six innocent people - Anne Boleyn herself, her brother, and four courtiers - and the rise of a new Queen.
Drawing on 16th-century letters, eye witness accounts, and chronicles, Claire Ridgway leads the listener through the sequence of chilling events one day at a time, telling the true story of Anne Boleyn's fall. The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown is presented in a diary format, allowing listeners to dip in, look up a particular date, or listen from start to finish. Special features include mini biographies of those involved, a timeline of events, and full referencing.
Why was Anne Boleyn executed? Who was responsible for Anne Boleyn's fall? Was Anne Boleyn's execution a foregone conclusion, and was she framed?
Claire Ridgway, creator of The Anne Boleyn Files website and best-selling author of The Anne Boleyn Collection, George Boleyn, and On This Day in Tudor History continues her mission to share the real truth about Anne Boleyn.
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Fascinating, well researched, and great narration.
Absolutely love the story and it's excellent research. The narration and story transport you back to Hampton Court and the Tower of London. One feels the angst the courtiers must have felt back in the 1500s.
Anne Boleyn, but I'm obsessed. Claire's excellent work both in her books and on her Anne Boleyn Files and Tudor Society websites given me a new and reasonable perspective on Anne and her time. She is not a victim, but she's not the common homewrecker many have assumed she was. There is so much more to her and Claire takes you there with facts, insights, and clarity that you can believe in.
Yes - I listened to "The Truth in the Line" By Melanie Taylor about Tudor Era Miniaturist Nicholas Hilliard (wonderful Read!) and the "Anne Boyelyn Collection" another of Claire's books on the Tudors in Anne's time. Both make me feel as if I am sitting in one of the court palaces as an observer of people and places hundreds of years ago.
You've heard the story. Now behold the truth.
Often authors mold history to make reading more provocative --- think The Other Boleyn Girl. Sadly these dramatizations often become conventional wisdom. Claire Ridgeway recognizes that truth told can be better than fiction. Henry VIII and his times were fascinating without the creative adjustments. Claire's research and primary source documents with reasonable inferences based on the times and the customs are far more interesting, human, and will stand the test of time.
- Katherine K. Carlisle