This definitive biography of Anne Boleyn establishes her as a figure of considerable importance and influence in her own right. It is a full biography of Anne Boleyn, based on the latest scholarly research. It focusses on Anne's life and legacy and establishes Anne as a figure of considerable importance and influence in her own right. Adulteress or innocent victim? This title looks afresh at the issues at the heart of Anne's downfall. It pays attention to her importance as a patron of the arts, particularly in relation to Hans Holbein. It presents evidence about Anne's spirituality and her interest in the intellectual debates of the period. It takes account of significant advances in knowledge in recent years.
Preface.List of Illustrations.Part I: Background and Beginnings.1. A Courtier's Daughter.2. A European Education.3. Debut at the English Court.4. The Sources.5. Passion and Courtly Love.6. A Royal Suitor.Part II: A Difficult Engagement.7. A Marriage Arranged.8. Anne Boleyn and the Fall of Wolsey.9. Stalemate, 1529-1532.10. The Turning-point, 1532-1533.11. Wedding Nerves.12. A Coronation and a Christening.Part III: Anne the Queen.13. A Royal Marriage.14. Anne the Queen: Influence, Power and Wealth.15. Anne Boleyn: Image.16. Anne Boleyn: Art and Taste.17. Anne Boleyn: Life at Court.18. Anne Boleyn and the Advent of Reform.19. Personal Religion.Part IV: A Marriage Destroyed.20. The Rival, 1535-1536.21. The Coup, April-May 1536.22. The Response, January-April 1536.23. Judgment.24. Finale.Epilogue.Bibliographical Abbreviations.Index.