|Publisher:||Houghton Mifflin Harcourt|
|Publish Date:||Apr 2013|
|Number of Pages:||343|
|Shipping Weight (in pounds):||1.3|
|Product in Inches (L x W x H):||6.3 x 1.1 x 9.1|
|Introduction: The Erasure of Anne Boleyn and the Creation of "Anne Boleyn|
|Why You Shouldn't Believe Everything You've Heard About Anne Boleyn|
|In Love (or Something Like It)|
|A Perfect Storm|
|The Tower and the Scaffold|
|Henry: How Could He Do It?|
|Recipes for "Anne Boleyn|
|Basic Historical Ingredients|
|Anne's Afterlives, from She-Tragedy to Historical Romance|
|Postwar: Domestic Trouble in the House of Tudor|
|An Anne for All Seasons|
|It's the Anne That Makes the Movie: Anne of the Thousand Days|
|Anne Gets the Last Word (for Now)|
|Afterword: Anne, Susan, and Cassie|
Cultural thinker Bordo (humanities, Univ. of Kentucky; Unbearable Weight: Feminism, Western Culture, and the Body) sets out to right what she sees as history's unjust portrayal of Anne Boleyn. She reviews the ways in which Henry VIII's second wife has been depicted, both in historical writing since the 16th century and in popular culture more recently. Bordo clearly hopes to revitalize Boleyn's image. The unfortunate queen has at times been cast as a shrew who nearly destroyed the English monarchy.
Instead, Bordo presents her as a powerhouse feminist who was ahead of her time. But the author's insistence on judging historians-who have necessarily framed Boleyn through the lens of their own times-by standards she violates via her own assumptions and speculations makes her historical review of Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII hard to take seriously. The second half of the book, which analyzes fictionalized versions of Boleyn over the succeeding centuries right up through the recent BBC series The Tudors, is stronger.
Verdict: This book may appeal to die-hard Boleyn and Tudor hobbyists but does not stand out as a serious title.
-Elizabeth Goldman, Perth & District Union P.L., Perth, Ontario
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