The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo

The Creation of Anne Boleyn

Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne's life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination.Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really even look like?! And perhaps the most provocative questions concern Anne's death more than her life. How could Henry order the execution of a once beloved wife? Drawing on sch...


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TitleThe Creation of Anne Boleyn
Author
Release DateApr 9th, 2013
PublisherMariner Books
LanguageEnglish
GenreHistory, Nonfiction, Biography, English History, Tudor Period, Historical
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Reviews The Creation of Anne Boleyn

  • Orsolya
    2013-02-22
    Love her or hate her, Anne Boleyn is here to stay – even centuries after her execution. How much do we actually know about her is another story entirely: one which Susan Bordo attempts to capture in “The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen”. Bordo’s “The Creation of Anne Boleyn” is not a typical history piece and certainly not a biography. It instead combines elements of a cultural study, history, s...
  • Erin
    2017-07-21
    Aww those darn Tudors and their hold on all of us historical fiction fans especially King Harry and his six wives. This non fiction book has been on my TBR for a long time and maybe it just should have stayed there. I feel a bit sick in my stomach. The author totally lost points with me for arrogantly bashing the works of Philippa Gregory(who she just couldn't stop attacking), Allison Weir, David Starkey, Hilary Mantel etc. I think if you really ...
  • Chris
    2013-04-26
    I should note that I am a fan of both Boleyn and Katherine of Aragon. It seems as if many of Henry VIII’s wives had many characteristics in common. There are exceptions – I’m not entirely sure how intelligent Katherine Howard was, but there seems to be more in common with the women, even ones as so opposed as Anne and Katherine of Aragorn. I should also note that I am GR friends with a reader who had exchange with the author of this book. T...
  • Claire Ridgway
    2013-05-15
    I have been following Susan Bordo's journey into Anne Boleyn's story, and how her image has been reconstructed time and time again through the ages, since early 2011 so I was looking forward to the release of her book, particularly because she interviewed me as part of her research.The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a very different Anne Boleyn book. It is exactly how it's described in its blurb, "part biography, part cultural history". The first hal...
  • Meaghan
    2013-04-18
    I read just about every Anne Boleyn book I can get my hands on, but I admit it gets pretty repetitive -- all these examinations of one woman's life. But this isn't "just another Anne Boleyn biography." In addition to the "biography" part (which provides some insights and perspectives I hadn't seen before), the author studies the various ways Anne Boleyn has been portrayed in popular culture, from the earliest novels about her to the modern soap o...
  • Becky
    2013-03-21
    I already know I'm a little sensitive, but reading this I'm getting a little defensive of one of my favorite authors, Alison Weir. I understand the purpose of Bordo's book - determining how Anne Boleyn got such a bad reputation; so, when she picks on Weir, I'm a little like, where the heck did you come from, because I've never heard of you writing several books about Tudor England?! Bordo also takes aim at David Starkey, whose books I haven't rea...
  • Kara
    2013-01-29
    “What do you mean different versions? She isn’t Catwoman!”This was my boyfriend’s bemused reaction to hearing what I was reading about. Laughing, I went on to explain that, actually, yes, there can be just as many versions of a factual person as there can be of a fictional person, and Bordo does an amazing job here showing those versions.What do we know, what do we think we know and why do we think that? Excellent examination of the evide...
  • Marie Z. Johansen
    2013-04-06
    For me, this was a book like no other! I have not found myself underlining, making margin notes and dog earring a book for many years - but this book just ignited me so much that I had to make notes, notes and more notes! I did not merely really like this book, I loved it! No, I have none of those conspiratorial affiliations or associations - this book is just unique and very different. I'm a history buff, especially a British history buff, and I...
  • Simon
    2013-04-13
    A breezy book with some interesting, and some less interesting, parts. I most enjoyed the first section in which Bordo tackles several aspects of Boleyn's life and assesses the state of historical evidence, and the ways in which that evidence has been treated by historians. When the book moves to representations of Boleyn in literature and popular culture, it seems to lose focus a bit. It was fascinating to hear about some of the earlier represen...
  • Sarah - All The Book Blog Names Are Taken
    2013-04-28
    I honestly do not even know if I have the energy to write a review of this ridiculous 'scholarly' work. There are so many problems, such unprofessionalism, and even inaccurate historical facts, I don't know where to begin.So, here we go:Anyone who has read my reviews in the past know how I feel about Anne Boleyn. I do not see her as a victim or a heroine. I see her as an intelligent woman in love with a married man, who was able to advance her po...
  • Iset
    2013-07-08
    I’ve been anticipating this book and following Susan’s webpage for some time as she worked on it and posted tantalising snippets from its pages, and I must say, this is the book I’d been hoping someone would write about Anne Boleyn. Lucid, sensible, and cogently presented, The Creation of Anne Boleyn explains to the general reader why you shouldn’t believe everything you’ve heard about Anne, and, for the Anne enthusiasts, explores in so...
  • Lisa
    2013-04-03
    After reading the definitive "Anne Boleyn Bible," also known as Eric Ives' masterpiece The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, I did not expect to come across another work that made such monumental strides toward interpreting--deconstructing--describing--Anne until I buckled down and read Bordo's sociological study of the many manifestations of our beloved Anne. I came across her website last May coincidentally and was initially dismayed at the though...
  • Leanda Lisle
    2014-01-13
    Anne Boleyn is ‘an enigma writers want to solve’, how Henry VIII’s second wife ‘came to be, to reign, to perish’; ‘I have my own theories’ Susan Bordo forewarns us ‘and I won’t hide them’. The result is a survey of Anne Bolyen’s life and after life that is alternately maddening, moving, disconcerting and exhilarating. Bordo is an American feminist academic, as open about her feelings as she is about her theories. Although bi...
  • Audrey Terry
    2014-02-06
    I really wanted to like this book. Unfortunately most of it reads like a HBO guide. The first 2 sections were informative, and mostly entertaining, and then the last 1/3rd was mind numbing. I gave up and stopped trying to wade through paragraphs full of directors credentials and praise for costume design... It just feels like Bordo lost her focus, and her main point with this book. I feel that this book had really good intentions, but Bordo got l...
  • Karen Witzler
    2013-05-02
    This is a great introduction to the Anne-story for all of those Annie-come-latelies who've been turned on by Natalie Dormer and the television production of "The Tudors". Bordo gives both an overview of and her own opinions on contemporary accounts, historians, movie directors, novelists, artists, and most interestingly, actresses who have played a role in shaping the cultural perceptions of Anne Boleyn. Bordo, herself, seems obsessed with Natali...
  • Karin Slaughter
    2014-04-19
    Fascinating. It gave me such a clear understanding about how powerless women through history have been, and how when they are perceived by others to have even the tiniest bit of control, they are vilified and often destroyed for it.As a side note, I feel like I use the word "fascinating" a lot. I will try to do better.
  • Laura
    2013-04-03
    Wow, I am surprised by how much I didn't like this. I love Tudor history and Anne Boleyn, so this should have been right up my alley. And while, like the author, I do sympathize with Anne Boleyn and though the premise of this book was interesting, the writing was terrible and so unprofessional. The book is divided into three sections, the first being a short biography of Anne. The tone here is bipolar. On one page the author tries to sound like a...
  • Lisa
    2013-05-07
    When Anne of A Thousand Days was screened in London recently, audiences cheered Anne's defiant speech when she said that her daughter would be a great Queen. No one who saw Genevieve Bujold make this speech could ever forget it, because she is so fiery, independent and proud.The Anne of this film became a feminist icon for many young girls and women who saw this film. Before this, Anne had often been represented as a nasty, scheming, ambitious wo...
  • Linda
    2013-03-14
    Who was Anne Boleyn? I can never think of her without thinking of Scarlet O'Hara as well, because that's how I picture Anne, as strong willed, determined, feisty, and unafraid. Anne was real, though, and she's come through history as a scarlet woman, an unscrupulous home wrecker who probably deserved to be executed. Susan Bordo has tackled the question of who/what this woman truly was and why Henry VIII, once so besotted with her, came to feel co...
  • Lesley
    2013-05-02
    I wanted to like this more than I did. Bordo is splendid in her critique of the "received" history of Anne Boleyn, pointing out the pernicious tendency of even objective historians to color the tale with their own prejudices. It was fascinating to trace the historical evolution of Anne's image, from scheming sex crazed heretic, to soulful Reformation martyr, to Victorian victim, to power feminist. Bordo's interviews with two of the most influenti...
  • Lina
    2013-05-05
    Anne Boleyn has never been my favorite wife, that title very solidly belongs to Katherine of Aragon. However, as I have done more research I have come to have a deep respect for Mistress Boleyn: for her wit, her tenacity and the tragic nature of her story. So many films, books and shows have done her a disservice (anything written by Gregory), but others have displayed her complexity, Anne of a Thousand Days (a fantastic film) and the second seas...
  • Morgan Dhu
    2018-09-12
    It is a fact that when Henry VIII of England had his second wife executed, he tried to erase all record of his life with her. He was eager to wed his choice for wife number three, anxious to forget the woman who made him do a great many things he might not have wanted to do, and then failed to give him the one thing he desperately wanted, a son. Even though his agents did not succeed in making Anne Boleyn disappear completely, there are few prima...
  • Rai
    2015-01-01
    Welcome to a biography of ‘The Tudors’ – that funny, sex-filled TV show, desperately trying to cling on to its label of ‘period drama’.I’m joking, but sometimes it feels as if ‘The Creation of Anne Boleyn’ is just a promotional book for ‘The Tudors’; yes, it was written after the show ended but that won’t stop Susan Bordo from trying to get her readers to watch the boxset! A lot of reviewers have claimed that Bordo spends to...
  • Donna
    2013-04-26
    Whether you believe Anne Boleyn was the tragic pawn of powerful and ruthless men or a manipulative whore that stole a crown and spent her days scheming to murder her enemies, or something in between, you have to admit that Anne Boleyn was fascinating. Susan Bordo's "The Creation of Anne Boleyn" discusses how Anne has been portrayed in both fiction and non-fiction, TV, movies, and documentaries and how that has changed over time. I thoroughly enjo...
  • James
    2015-03-06
    Think you know about Anne Boleyn? Think again- reading Bordo's "Creation of Anne Boleyn" challenges the way people think about Anne. In this book, which is described, "part biography, part cultural history", Bordo looks at the many ways in which Anne has been portrayed throughout history, not just on film, TV and fiction novels, but also by acclaimed historians, some of whom tend to let their personal opinions get in the way regarding their work ...
  • johnny dangerously
    2015-02-06
    I really like history books, but most of them are stuck up their ass. I’m not a scholar, and I don’t think scholarly work should be barred from me just because I haven’t spent years in study. At the same time, I don’t want things dumbed down to me. Finding that balance can be hard for writers of ‘pop’ history-- which invariably just means any history book you’re unlikely to find in a classroom—either you suggest your readers are i...