Date of publication: February 2011
Publisher: Yale University Press
In this groundbreaking new biography, G. W. Bernard offers a fresh portrait of one of England's most captivating queens.
Through a wide-ranging forensic examination of sixteenth-century sources, Bernard reconsiders Boleyn's girlhood, her experience at the French court, the nature of her relationship with Henry, and the authenticity of her evangelical sympathies. He depicts Anne Boleyn as a captivating, intelligent, and highly sexual woman whose attractions Henry resisted for years until marriage could ensure legitimacy for their offspring. He shows that it was Henry, not Anne, who developed the ideas that led to the break with Rome.
And, most radically, he argues that the allegations of adultery that led to Anne's execution in the Tower could be close to the truth.