Thursday, March 21, 2013

Read of the Week

It has been quite some time since I posted; however I am vowing to be more diligent in my writing from now on. This week I read The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII. This book is very interesting; for a woman who has a PhD in history and claims to be a Tudor history expert author Retha Warnicke relies a lot on the mythological view of Anne. Retha contends that George Boleyn was a homosexual, despite the clear lack of evidence to support the claim. She also states that Anne gave birth to a deformed fetus in January 1536, of which there is also no evidence. What I do appreciate about this work is that is explores Anne's early life and gives credible, well argued evidence regarding her birth date. Warnicke's book also gives in-depth information on Anne's religious beliefs, however I tend to disagree with her over-all picture of Anne as a scheming, social climber. It is an interesting read despite the what I view as sketchy research on the part of the author. Pick-it up and draw your own conclusions.