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  • Mistress Anne

  • The Exceptional Life of Anne Boleyn
  • By: Carolly Erickson
  • Narrated by: Simon Prebble
  • Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
  • 4.6 out of 5 stars (62 ratings)

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Mistress Anne

By: Carolly Erickson
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
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Summary

A powerful ruler, an alluring young woman, a scandal that would rock the nation: Anne Boleyn’s life story sounds more like a juicy TV docu-drama than a chapter of English history. Although she is not of noble birth or even especially beautiful, Anne Boleyn manages to rise to the very pinnacle of the English aristocracy.

Renowned for her extraordinarily vivid recreations of historical events, Carolly Erickson brings out the full fascinating story of the enigmatic Anne Boleyn. Erickson paints an engaging portrait of this intriguing woman and her tragic life, from her early education in court intrigue, through her courtship and controversial marriage to Henry VIII, to the day she mounts the scaffold.

With her expertise in the Tudor period, her sensitivity to sexual and political nuance, and her eminently readable prose style, Carolly Erickson is the ideal biographer for the elusive Anne Boleyn. Narrator Simon Prebble’s elegant performance evokes all of the bittersweet drama of Boleyn’s exceptional life and the tumultuous times in which she lived.

©1984 Carolly Erickson (P)1998 Recorded Books, LLC

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The complexity of Anne's character

The story did not sugar coat her flaws nor diminished her spirit or life journey. A bit hasten and superficial during the end imo. otherwise a very good work

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Good for its age

Written in the 80s so some of the facts in this are not actually factual. The narrator is good on the whole but he needs to brush up on his pronunciation. Its not Shapooee but Shapwee (Chapuys) , a bit grating. But the details and writing style is enjoyable and so is worth a listen/read .

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Poignant sad story

A wonderful reading of a tragic historical story , the barbarity in those days was in fathomable

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Enjoyable listen

Great clear and concise narration. Well researched account . I really enjoyed listening to the book.

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An Excellent Account Of A Tragic Maligned Queen.

I thoroughly enjoyed the historically accurate and well narrated account of the much maligned, murdered, Queen Anne Boleyn. Her fateful and tragic involvement with King Henry VIII changed the course of English History. Her failure to produce Henry’s longed for son caused her downfall and murder. Her triumph is that she produced one of England’s greatest monarchs. This is a very accurate account of her life and times. An excellent book.

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Captivating

Very enjoyable listen. I've listened to many books about Henry and Anne, it helps to see the different facets and this book did not disappoint.

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Well explained with lots of details

I truly enjoyed the book. Additionally, The author provided details about that period that I wasn’t aware.

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Free as a member

Love this book, really really enjoyed it. Not aware of this author, will read more. Good narration easy to listen along. ‘Shampooeee’ (Chapuys) made me laugh. Now yo listen to ‘Great ladies’. Kerrie

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Fascinating

I adore Simon; he is my favorite narrator, and I decided to listen to the book just because of this. However, the story captivated me; even though I knew a great deal about henry8 and his six wives, I learned a great deal! Fascinating, well-written story

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Well researched account

Well informed and good points raised . Gave me another look at this subject . Would recommend.

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