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Anne Boleyn
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The story of Anne Boleyn goes to the root of all history; what makes an individual or event memorable to later generations? Anne is an exceptional case for her life was a double helix intertwining extraordinary human drama with profound historical crisis. A young lady of no particular importance or talents - she was neither a great beauty nor a captivating charmer - married a man who turned out to be England's most notorious monarch, and then three years later she was publically executed for treason, accused of quadruple adultery and incest. Mistress Boleyn was the crucial catalyst for three of the most important events in modern history: the break with Rome and the English Reformation, the advent of the nation state, and the birth of a daughter whose forty-three years on the throne stand as England's most spectacular literary and political success story. Remove Anne and the Reformation as we know it today would not have taken place; remove Anne and Elizabeth I would not have existed at all. Anne Boleyn stands as a monument to the truth that there is nothing consistent in history except the unexpected.
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Lacey Baldwin Smith was a Professor Emeritus of History at Northwestern University and had published many books on the Tudor era. The recipient of MA and PhD degrees from Princeton University, he had been a Fulbright Scholar, a Guggenheim Fellow, a Senior Fulbright Fellow at the University of London and a Senior Fellow of the National Endowment for the Humanities and is Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

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`A thoughtful review ... exposing gaping holes in the theories, challenging the manipulation of scant evidence and bringing its own revelations' * Suzannah Lipscomb BBC History Magazine * `Clearly explains the rise and fall of Anne, a girl determined to be more than just another mistress' * Good Book Guide *

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