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Anne Boleyn

One short life that changed the English-speaking world

Colin Hamer



Anne Boleyn

One short life that changed the English-speaking world

Colin Hamer


Anne Boleyn, twenty years old, stepped onto the shore at Dover in the winter of 1521 after several years abroad. She had been sent to France to assimilate French culture, and had used the time well. She was all set to make a big impression at the Tudor court and did, capturing the heart of Henry VIII. But this woman, who was in the grave by the age of thirty–six and on the throne of England for only three years, provokes strong reactions from many.

Was she an immoral woman who seduced Henry away from his rightful wife for the advancement of family and personal gain? In this well–researched, fresh look at Anne, Colin Hamer sets her in her context as a young woman who had come to true faith in Christ, and shows the impact for good she made from her position of influence, an impact we still benefit from today.

  • Title

    Anne Boleyn

  • Author(s)

    Colin Hamer

  • Series

    History Today

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  • Publisher

    Day One

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Anne Boleyn

Colin Hamer shows in this brief introduction to Anne Boleyn’s life that she was a genuine evangelical who advanced the Reformation in England. Having learned the Gospel or “new learning” at the French court, she dazzled the English one. Hamer shows that Anne did not seduce Henry VIII away from Catherine of Aragon – rather Henry pursued her and she acted with integrity throughout. Her faults are also brought out such as a careless tongue. The tragedy is that another evangelical, Thomas Cromwell, brought her down. She was probably doomed anyway once Catherine had died, having produced no son and heir for Henry. It is a shame that there are no illustrations in the book other than the tiny ones on the cover.

Stephen Ayre

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