QUEEN ANNE BOLEYN by Francis Hackett


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Another figure in the panel of 16th century Europe -- and a figure that dominated a critical time in England's history, when the foundations of church and state were shaken. The first half of the book follows Anne's girlhood, her life at court, in the train of Queen Catherine, her rejected love for young Percy and his for her; and later the flaming of the passion for Thomas Wyatt and his devotion which lived beyond her death. Into this tempetuous youth comes Henry, bored with his pious Queen and with his own infidelities. Anne's detachment piqued him, with her it was all or nothing, and so began the long and bitter struggle for divorce and the right to remarry, which disrupted Henry's relations with Rome, France and Spain. A dramatic story, packed with minute details of court politics, of Cardinal Wolsey's and Thomas Cromwell's machinations. Hackett clothes his history in the trappings of fiction and he is not light reading, he makes his material replete with interest. Your market can be gauged by Francis the First and Henry the Eighth -- this is the most romantic.

Pub Date: Sept. 22nd, 1939
Publisher: Doubleday, Doran