The creation of Anne Boleyn. New book for Tudor lovers

image-medium (18)The Creation of Anne Boleyn: In Search of the Tudors’ Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo attempts to define the ‘real’ Anne.

The author charts the journey of the woman who has become one of history’s most iconic femmes fatales. – acknowledging her own “obsession”.  She expresses indignation / frustration at the way her subject has been misrepresented and maligned. In fact, she decries authors and historians who, she says, mix fact and fantasy in lurid accounts e.g the television historian David Starkey, who calls himself a “self-confessed, all-purpose media tart”; Philippa Gregory, author of The Other Boleyn Girl,doesn’t apply the historical rigour she lays clain to and Mantel, (Bring up the Bodies writes well but presents an “old, one-sided, extremist view of Boleyn” as a wily “schemer”.

The book is an interesting reappraisal of representations of Anne but limited surviving evidence means a lot isn’t really known about her rise and fall, so nothing definitive can be stated about a lot of it. Interesting for Tudor history lovers though!


3 thoughts on “The creation of Anne Boleyn. New book for Tudor lovers

  1. Susan Bordo here. Just have to correct impression that I called Starkey an “all purpose media tart”” I would never speak that way of another person! It’s Starkey who called HIMSELF that. I was only quoting from an interview with him.

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