The Lady in the Tower: The Fall of Anne Boleyn is a detailed non-fiction account of the few months leading up to Henry VIII’s second wife’s beheading. Alison Weir’s work is notable for her depth of scholarship and scrutiny of long-accepted conclusions in light of the evidence. If you are interested in the facts of this portion of English history,
you would enjoy this book. Tudor England is an interest of mine, and I liked the close examination Weir gives to every aspect of Anne’s trial and fall (or fall and trial as the case may be) but I must admit that I got a little bogged down around the middle of the book as the volume of sources Weir cites seemed to make the pace lag. Then again, I don’t know that there is any way around that since Weir’s angle with the book is to take up every source and competing viewpoint.
The Lady in the Tower would be a good companion book for historical novels of the period if you’re interested in determining which details are accurate and which are artistic license, or a good book of reference if you’re a student of Tudor England.
If you’re looking for other books about this part of history, I’ve also reviewed:
The Other Boleyn Girl
The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn
Elizabeth: The Struggle for the Throne
The Lady Elizabeth
The Princes in the Tower
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