By Susan Bordo
“Bordo’s sharp interpreting of Boleyniana and her transparent affection for this proud, strange lady make this an wonderful, provocative read.”—Boston Globe
Part biography, half cultural background, The production of Anne Boleyn is a reconstruction of Boleyn’s existence and an illuminating examine her very energetic afterlife within the well known mind's eye. With fresh novels, videos, and tv indicates, Anne has been having a twenty-first-century second, yet Bordo exhibits what percentage generations of polemicists, biographers, novelists, and filmmakers have imagined and reimagined her: whore, martyr, cautionary story, proto-“mean girl,” feminist icon, and every little thing in among. Drawing on scholarship and razor-sharp research, Bordo probes the complexities of 1 of history’s such a lot exciting girls, teasing out what we really find out about Anne Boleyn and what we expect we all know approximately her.
“Riveting . . . Bordo’s eloquent learn not just recovers Anne Boleyn for our occasions yet additionally demonstrates the ways that legends develop out of the faintest wisps of historic fact.” —Book Page
“Engrossing . . . Ms. Bordo deals a desirable discussion.”—New York Times
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Four with the exception of the great schooling, those aren't precisely the characteristics that we go along with Anne Boleyn. Tudor statesmen and diplomats, very like politicians this day, have been bald-faced spinmeisters, and at this aspect, Wolsey was once spinning madly for Henry. It’s real, although, that Henry were wondering a divorce from his first spouse lengthy sooner than Anne Boleyn entered the image. in the course of the first 4 years in their marriage—from 1510 to 1514—Katherine had given beginning to 3 stillborn infants—one lady and boys—and a boy who lived for under months. It used to be commencing to glance as if the couple’s probabilities of generating a fit baby have been grim. by means of as early as August of 1514, it used to be rumored in Rome “that the King of britain capacity to repudiate his current spouse, the daughter of the King of Spain and his brother’s widow, simply because he's not able to have little ones through her, and intends to marry a daughter of the French Duke of Bourbon. ”5 yet then, in 1516, Princess Mary was once born, and Henry’s hopes have been revived. “We are either younger; if it used to be a daughter this time, through the Grace of God the sons will follow,” he's mentioned to have acknowledged. 6 however the subsequent baby used to be stillborn, and Henry started thinking about once more even if he had indignant God by means of marrying his brother’s spouse. Leviticus publicizes that this kind of union might be childless, which Henry and Katherine weren't, yet Henry, whose non secular sense of right and wrong was once regularly filtered via his dynastic matters, didn’t see Mary as “counting. ” It wasn’t rather a lot that, as a girl, she used to be obvious as undeserving to rule, yet, as a girl, she might have one other “ruler” herself—her husband—and this raised risky probabilities for the continuance of Tudor supremacy. If she married a overseas prince, English autonomy may be threatened; if she married an English topic, inner dissension may well end result. just a male inheritor could retain the Tudor reign intact and safe. It’s now not transparent why there isn’t any point out of alternative pregnancies after the final stillbirth. The reliable notice was once that Katherine used to be “of such an age” that being pregnant used to be now not possible—which is plausible through 1525, whilst she was once 40, yet turns out not going in 1519. Katherine had no difficulty conceiving earlier than then, and in 1519 she was once simply thirty-four. Her stillbirths, in an age while shutting the queen up in a scorching, darkish room for a month used to be the level of “prenatal care” and whilst extra young ones died than lived via infancy, aren't awesome. while he later appealed to the pope for the divorce, Wolsey spoke of “certain ailments within the Queen defying all treatment” that avoided the king from dwelling together with her “as his spouse. ”7 Wolsey wouldn't say what these “diseases” have been, however the fact can be that Henry had stopped having normal intercourse together with her lengthy ahead of she truly entered menopause. Katherine was once 8 years older than he was once, which most likely used to be interesting while he first married her, as Henry was once then nearly a boy and, because the helpful “spare” inheritor, were sheltered like a princess after Arthur died.