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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (4,167 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Alison Weir Narrator: Judith Boyd Publisher: Recorded Books, LLC Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: January 2010 ISBN: 9781449844592
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New York Times bestselling author Alison Weir tells the spellbinding tale of the last days of Henry VIII’s second wife. Accused of adultery, incest, and treason, Anne Boleyn is locked in the Tower of London on May 2, 1536. Despite maintaining her innocence, she’s quickly condemned to death. Soon, one sword stroke sends her into eternity. But as her remains rot in the sun—unblessed by coffin, marker, or funeral—few know the truth behind her swift demise. Download and start listening now!

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Quotes & Awards

  • “[Weir] is well equipped to parse the evidence, ferret out the misconceptions, and arrive at sturdy hypotheses about what actually befell Anne. Her command of minutiae is impressive, as is her enthusiasm for even the most minor aspects of Anne’s frequently distorted story.”

    New York Times

  • “It is testament to Weir’s artfulness and elegance as a writer that The Lady in the Tower remains fresh and suspenseful, even though the reader knows what’s coming.”

    Independent (London)

  • “A thrilling episode of history superbly related and treated with penetrating analysis and a great dollop of common sense.”

    Literary Review

  • “The research is exhaustive…It would be hard to imagine a more thorough examination of any comparable historical issue…Weir is to be congratulated on her impartiality and sound judgment.”

    BBC History Magazine

  • “Dissecting four of the most momentous months in world history and providing an eminently judicious, thorough, and absorbing popular history, Weir nimbly sifts through a mountain of historical research, allowing readers to come to their own conclusions about Henry’s doomed second queen.”

    Publishers Weekly

  • “Weir continues to successfully mine the Tudor era, once again excavating literary gold…Though Boleyn’s life has already been dissected by a bevy of distinguished scholars, novelists, and filmmakers, Weir nevertheless manages to introduce a fresh slant on the ill-fated second wife of Henry VIII…[A] well-researched and compulsively readable biography.”

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jane | 2/18/2014

    " This was an excellent book with new scholarship that helps the reader realize how little control Anne Boleyn had of her own destiny. She suffered from the political ambitions of her father and the sexual appetites of her husband King Henry VIII. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Pamela Walter | 2/12/2014

    " I enjoyed this book. It whetted my appetite to read more Tudor history. There was some skipping around with "characters" that sometimes made it hard to follow...Though some of that may have been due to the fact that I was reading the book while I was fighting a cold. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Julie Ellis | 1/27/2014

    " This book is not a biography of Anne Boleyn, but an in depth look at the events surrounding her downfall and death. Weir credits Cromwell with the plot to bring her down, although Henry VIII enthusiastically went along with it. Weir doesn't romanticize Anne Boleyn in any way, but does paint a sympathetic portrait. Anne played a dangerous game, but she went to her death with dignity. Weir does go on for a couple of more chapters after Boleyn's death, which I feel weakens the book. One summary chapter would have been sufficient. As always, though, Weir is very readable and brings the Tudor period to life. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sue Bursztynski | 1/26/2014

    " Alison Weir is very readable, whatever she writes. This one was especially interesting, with all the detail about how and why Anne Boleyn fell and who was responsible. It was a lot more than just Henry wanting his heir. Ah, politics! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Bree | 1/24/2014

    " I have to agree with many of the reviews. It was a rather ruff and dry telling of the dry facts. I thought it would be more of a story like telling myself, but it is more just stated facts of events. Also I found when going over the characters of people it would be rather redundant over the course of the book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Susan | 1/21/2014

    " I enjoyed this, and would really give it three and half stars. It did bog down in the middle sections, but was very in retesting in the final third or so. The description of Anne's execution was vivid and horrifying, and I especially liked the chapter devoted to her daughter Elizabeth. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Alexxandra | 1/16/2014

    " I can't recommend this book enough. It was a great, compelling read, and Weir covered every ground she could, in a very unbiased manner; she managed to compile most every contemporary source available on the subject, to the point where the book includes at least five accounts of Anne's speech at the scaffold. Weir takes a lot in the contemporary sources with a pinch of salt, equally in the modern historical accounts as well, and she is a true historian. The book covered the political situation in the few weeks before Anne's death, in a way that, while perhaps you are wanting the book to get straight to the trial and execution, builds up nicely to the drama, so that you are aware from all angles how Anne's fall could have come about. As I said already, Weir concentrated on contemporary and near-contemporary sources, ignoring until she had written most of the book the opinions of modern scholars on the subject. There was nothing left out, unless no evidence, legendary or set in stone, was available. A very excellent book, and I am definitely planning to read Weir's other historical books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Courtney | 1/16/2014

    " As always, Weir's non-fiction books are amazing and this one is no different. Even in the midst of so much detail, Weir manages to keep your interest and inform you. Love Alison Weir! "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Doug | 12/6/2013

    " Good writing and I found the book a bit tedious by the end. Maybe because I've read a lot about this era, or maybe because I found the author making strong conjectures while complaining that other authors had made strong conjectures about the same events with limited indisputable facts... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Tracey Tooke | 11/15/2013

    " Really enjoyed this book..took a while to get into it..but after the firt couple of pages couldnt put it down "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Becky | 11/7/2013

    " As usual - very well researched and engagingly written. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Clare | 8/21/2013

    " This was the usual Weir lack of referencing, sweeping statements without providing evidence to back up what she says, misquoting of extant sources, and deliberate misconstruing of sources in order to try and prove a point. Very poor. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Christy Stewart | 4/13/2013

    " A great approach to history and an interesting subject. Weir did a great job on this and as long as you care about Anne Boelyn you should enjoy this; even if you hate history or nonfiction topics. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Anne | 3/10/2013

    " a great read. how misunderstood she was and the injustice of the men plotting against her was fierce. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Marian Buck | 12/20/2012

    " I attempted to finish the book but Weir just drones on and on. She jumps around during Anne's reign. I gave it the college try. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Cheryl Houston | 4/14/2012

    " This author is so meticulous with her research, and is unbiased without being wishy washy or boring. It was an enjoyable read, and I came away with a new knowledge and perspective of the situation. Of course, it is history, so you know how it turns out. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Nicci | 3/3/2012

    " This book is another great book from Alison Weir about Anne Boleyn. Easy to understand. Can jump around a bit but still a good book. Just as good as the one by Joanna Denny. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Desiree | 12/18/2011

    " Ok, I'm ready for another Tudor/Elizabethan read! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Spans | 8/12/2011

    " really informative book. Weir has written a book which covers just the years leading up to Anne Boleyn's execution, which no author has done before. Was also lucky enough to attend a talk by Weir about this book. a very interesting read - highly recommended. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Robin | 7/5/2011

    " I really wish there were an audio version. I'm having a hard time getting through this for my book club. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Lynn | 6/22/2011

    " This book was very good and informative and I'd enjoyed reading this wonderful book about Anne Boleyn. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Mary Ann | 6/3/2011

    " Good biographical account of Anne Boleyn's last days. Have to be ready to tackle alot of English titles. Too many characters to keep track of but the substance of the book is informative, interesting and compelling. Makes a good case in favor of Anne. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Abby | 6/1/2011

    " not her best.

    it got mega boring in the middle (i remember it as just a long list of names and titles with 'who was distantly related to' stuck in between). it got better towards the end but it was an effort to even get to the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jill | 5/23/2011

    " Just got it in the mail and sooo excited to start reading it! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Tracy | 5/20/2011

    " By far, this is the most informative book about Anne Boleyn that I have read.
    Weir definitely did her research, as expected by this author.
    I still keep coming back to this book for reference. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Emily | 4/25/2011

    " Anne Boleyn=innocent. At least that's Weir's verdict, and I agree. This in-depth examination of the charges against her, the trials, and her death are required reading for anyone interested in the Tudor dynasty, especially the much-maligned Anne Boleyn. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Ruby | 4/19/2011

    " Ms. Weir digs deep into what really happened to Anne Boleyn. quite a fascinating journey and it shows just how backstabbing of an environment a royal court can be. i recommend Ms. Weir's books to anyone interested in the Tudors. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lisa | 4/18/2011

    " Great read! The author writes extremelly well. I have read many history books and the author can either make it boring or jump out at you from the page. This author falls in the latter catagory. She has also written books about Mary, Queen of Scots and Elizabeth I. I will be reading those next! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Julia | 3/30/2011

    " I am currently obsessed with all things Tudors, so this work of non-fiction about Anne Boleyn's last 10 days is superb. It's well-referenced and gives new perspective to the guilty/non-guilty question. Personally, I believe Anne was framed but not entirely innocent by 16th century standards... "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Gail | 3/24/2011

    " Why, oh why, do I continue trying to read this author?? "

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