Never before has there been a book devoted entirely to Anne Boleyn’s fall. Now, Alison Weir’s richly researched and impressively detailed portrait gives us the compelling story of the last days of history’s most charismatic, controversial and tragic heroines.
On 2 May, 1536, in an act unprecedented in English history, Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife, was imprisoned in the Tower of London. On 15 May, she was tried and found guilty of high treason and executed just four days later.
Mystery surrounds the circumstances leading up to her arrest – did Henry VIII instruct Thomas Cromwell to fabricate evidence to get rid of her so that he could marry Jane Seymour? Did Cromwell, for reasons of his own, construct a case against Anne and her faction, and then present compelling evidence before the King? Or was Anne, in fact, as guilty as charged?
In The Lady in the Tower, Weir has constructed a gripping tale of betrayal and treason, wrought with her trademark forensic research and penchant for an enthralling narrative.
‘The perfect examination of Anne’s downfall’ Independent