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Mistress Anne

The Exceptional Life of Anne Boleyn
Narrated by: Simon Prebble
Length: 9 hrs and 10 mins
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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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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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  • Angel
  • 27-02-19

Loved it

Not exactly accurately written,but quite enjoyed it. Still close enough,to make it worth a listen.

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  • L Mann
  • 16-03-17

Entertaining and enlightening

An enjoyable listen for those interested in the history of the Tudors and the wives of King Henry VIII.

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  • Foxdaughter2
  • 12-05-16

Great Atmosphere!

Carolly Erickson is my second favorite biographer. No one else gives me a sense of the time and place like she does. She also excels at conveying the emotions of the characters about events that occur and giving a sense of their personalities. She bases all of that on solid research, using carefully selected quotes from accounts and letters, NOT baseless conjecture.

Because they were written 20 or so years ago, her books are not quite as accurate in the little details as books written more recently, like Antonia Fraser's "Six Wives". However they are accurate overall.

I would highly recommend her books over a more recent author who is inaccurate, conjectures without evidence, and doesn't cite, and doesn't differentiate between her conjectures and things that were actually said and done. Which I have unfortunately encountered.

TL;DR Love this book, will read again!

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 11-01-12

Just OK for me.

Not my favorite - the reader was excellent but the story tended to drag on.

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  • PJ
  • 09-10-20

Excellent biography of Henry VIII’s most famous wife

For those of us who still love Big Harry, despite his glutinous, tyrannical, blood-lusting notoriety, this is a brilliant chronicle of the most famous (and during her lifetime, most infamous) of his six wives. Anne Boleyn, or as I sometimes playfully refer to as Anne BERLIN, is portrayed here as accurately as possible. She was a boldly ambitious young woman who was never afraid to speak her mind and stick her nose where it didn’t belong; she was a proud shrew who plagued Harry when she didn’t get her way and at this she ultimately drove him away, leaving their once fever-pitch romance forever in the past. But she is also portrayed correctly as a victim / martyr. She was fully innocent of all the crimes she’d been accused of. It was Harry’s obsessive need for a son that Anne’s fate depended on. This obsession was a source of great stress on her part and she ultimately failed to produce a living male heir. Despite all this, however, Anne had the last laugh at all of her detractors (and even Henry himself) when her only surviving child, Elizabeth (the liveliest and brightest of all Henry’s children) outlived each of her siblings and went on to be England’s greatest monarch. With Elizabeth’s reign, which ushered in the Golden Age of England, Anne was finally vindicated and all her enemies were silenced. Carolly Erikson has put together a highly stimulating account of Anne Boleyn which should be a pleasing addition to any lover of the Elizabethan era. Highly recommended.

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  • J. Cox
  • 19-06-20

Well done

Many interesting details about the relationship that I had not found elsewhere. This was history as storytelling and very well done.

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  • JMP
  • 20-11-15

It was ok

Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

The story has been told a lot, but sadly I did not realize when this book was written. The author had included some falisies in her story telling that frustrated me. Examples of the moles over Annes body and the extra digit on her hand.

I picked up this story to listen to Simon Prebble whom I adore as an orator. I know a great deal of the history of Miss Bolyne, and just found this story to be luke warm on details. I then realized when it was published and thus the theories were dated.

What was most disappointing about Carolly Erickson’s story?

Nothing in particular, but its a history book that was written a long time ago. With information and discoveries of today, there is a chance to investigate and improve this story.

What about Simon Prebble’s performance did you like?

I adore him, I could listen to him perform all day long reading the dictionary. His voice is pleasant and simple. It doesn't fatigue my ear drums. Excellent inflection and his voices for various characters are quite enjoyable. I hope he will do more work. If he wanted to pick up the Harry Potter Series and or the Lord of the Rings, I would listen to that over and over again from him. Simple ADORE his performances. My absolute favorite.

Did Mistress Anne inspire you to do anything?

More research of my own.

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