Historical British Royalty: Biographies and Histories

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I've read this.

You give an excellent review.

I particularly agree with your assessment that Mary, Queen of Scots was portrayed, not quite gladhandedly, but certainly with what sometimes felt like a nudge, nudge, wink, wink which I actually found jarring in an otherwise fairly professional treatment (well for Ronald who I suspect secretly writes high period fiction pieces for fun in her spare time).

All in all, a decent book.

Thanks for the review.
Glad you enjoyed the review! There's lots of other book reviews on my site.

"Elizabeth the Queen: The Woman Behind the Throne"
by Sally Bedall Smith

Pages: 688
Published: 2 February 2012
Publisher: Penguin Books Ltd
ISBN: 9780718158651
ISBN-10: 0718158652


An intimate portrait of Her Majesty the Queen

As we celebrate her Diamond Jubilee, this brand new biography of Queen Elizabeth II is the first all-round, up-close picture of one of the most fascinating, enigmatic and admired women in the world. With exclusive access to the Queen's personal letters, close friends and associates, this intimate biography is a treasure trove of fresh insights on her public persona and her private life.

Here we see Queen Elizabeth going about her daily duties, preparing for formal occasions, playing with her children at the Palace, crawling on her stomach to stalk deer, donning yellow Marigolds to wash up after Balmoral cookouts, and even changing a car wheel. Here we, at last, get to meet the leader, strategist, and diplomat; the daughter, wife, mother and grandmother - Elizabeth the Queen.

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For anyone in the NY/NJ/CT area, Sally Bedell Smith is speaking next week on QEII in Bedford, NY. I couldnt make the link work to the local paper, so here's the text. "Queen Elizabeth biographer to speak in Bedford. This year brought the celebration of the 60th anniversary of Queen Elizabeth's ascention to the throne, but does the public really know her? Biographer Sally Bedell Smith will visit St Matthew's Church in Bedford at 7:30 pm on Thursday Dec 6 to provide insights into one of the world's most interesting and enigmatic women......Her talk and Q and A session will begin with a reception at 7:30, followed by the program at 8:00. Refreshments will be served. St Matthew's is located at 382 Canitoe St (Rte 22). For more information call 914-234-9636".

This is my home town, so I will certainly be there! :-D
Margaret of York is a highly interesting figure,I must look out for this biography over the weekend!
I think the reasons Margaret opposed the Tudors are pretty obvious: she viewed Henry VII as an usurper who killed her younger brother, Richard III.

Just bought the book and am really eager to read it. The Duchess of Burgundy was a very colourful figure - and one who caused Henry VII a lot of headache (and I am not one of Henry's biggest fans so that alone makes me like her beforehand). I just hope it's not the usual bad Yorks vs. saviour Tudors type of book!
"Bringing Them Up Royal
How the Royals Raised Their Children from 1066 to the Present Day"

by David Cohen

Publisher: Biteback
ISBN: 9781849543699
ISBN-10: 1849543690

Published: October 2012
Hardback: 320 pages

Publisher's blurb
Everyone was amazed Princess Diana was a good mother. She was an exception as the British Royal Family has not been exactly renowned for their good parenting - at least since the time of Queen Victoria and Albert, who was always telling his son Bertie how disappointed he was in him; King George V was often telling his sons how disappointed he was in them - and the tension between Prince Charles and his father has been the subject of much speculation. A mix of popular history and soap opera with a Royal twist, Bringing Them up Royal reveals for the first time how British Kings and Queens brought up their children and is bound to arouse wide attention and controversy. Drawing on much fascinating new material and discovered documents and records - going back to the Tudors - David Cohen tells a compelling and at times shocking story providing many arresting psychoanalytical insights and twists.

Sunday Times (link)
Bringing up babies is a fraught business. But if this latest parenting “manual” is anything to go by, when it comes to rearing the royal family, life is spectacularly, gloriously dysfunctional. I mean, how do you raise a child whose father had their mother’s head lopped off (Elizabeth I)? Or deal with a mother who is so monumentally obsessed with her son’s lack of sexual prowess that she schemed to arrange for another man to lie with her daughter-in-law to get her pregnant (Caroline of Ansbach)? Or a father such as George III, who didn’t just beat up his sons, as did many previous monarchs, but tried to smash his heir’s head against the wall?

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This book is not only about royal parenting - it is also simply about parenting. Good to read as a reflection on that - craft? art? - task, certainly. More of a task if your child is not only replacing you in the implicit way that every child replaces a parent, but also replacing you on the throne where you have sat, and ruled - inheriting not only your wealth but your crown, your robes, everything that means you in the world.

The surprise is that sometimes - by no means always but sometimes - the royals were quite good parents. Victoria and Albert certainly loved their many offspring, and given Victoria's own parenting, it's amazing that she managed to be quite human, if strict, with her own kids. They probably suffered most from their parents' devotion to each other - the opposite of children who suffer from divorced or estranged parents - those who are so ardent towards each other, they sometimes fail to notice the rest of the world. But they did notice, and develop ideas about how children should be raised. We are curious about each other, and it is endlessly fascinating to find out how other children fare in other families. We were all children once, at the mercy of our parents' and perhaps extended families' notions of how we should behave and be made to behave. Many of us are parents and even if we aren't, we probably have ideas about what kind of parents (ideal, unlike those around us) we would have made.

When 'family' is written large, as in the Mafia or Royalty, there is more information available. There is more at stake - death, life, fortunes, kingdoms. But really the power these people wield, the positions they hold, are only microscopes trained on the endlessly fascinating drama of family life. This book is a microscope - a powerful lens turned on the private, public, first, last, most important space we hold, however we rail against it or try to deny it - the family. It's a great, gossipy, information-crammed, conversational read. That's another advantage to looking at Mafia or royal families- it gives you an excuse for being nosy.

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Most people will buy this book for what it reveals about the Windsors, but I was bowled over by the chapters on their ancestors. The section on the Stuarts was particularly informative and well researched. Bringing Them Up Royal takes you on an emotional roller-coaster of the majorly dysfunctional as well as the rather heart-warming and gives a new and very human dimension to what we thought we knew about our kings and queens.

A previous reviewer also picked up on the fact that David Cohen's book has something to tell us about parenting in general and I would echo that wholeheartedly. A very enjoyable book - do read.

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I think the reasons Margaret opposed the Tudors are pretty obvious: she viewed Henry VII as an usurper who killed her younger brother, Richard III.

Absolutely agree with you Artemisia,let us know what yo make of this biography of Margaret of York,hope you enjoy!
Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album

Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album
Royal Collection Publications

Publisher: Royal Collection Trust
Published: 15 February 2012
Format: Hardback, 144 pages, over 300 colour illustrations
ISBN13: 9781905686407
ISBN 10: 1905686404

Few monarchs have achieved a sixty-year reign and the Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will be an historic event in every sense. This official souvenir charts every year of The Queens life, from babyhood to the present day, and will be both an invaluable companion to the history behind the Diamond Jubilee and a biography-in-pictures of the remarkable woman it celebrates. Over 300 colour illustrations, including personal documents and photographs, have been brought together to present a portrait of the life of Queen Elizabeth II and a magnificent souvenir of an almost unparalleled royal event.

The forthcoming international Diamond Jubilee of Queen Elizabeth II will be a historic event in every sense. Marking the sixtieth anniversary of her accession to the throne, the Diamond Jubilee places Queen Elizabeth II in the company of very few other monarchs--among them Queen Victoria--to have achieved such a long reign. Published to commemorate the momentous event, this official souvenir album charts the Queen's life from childhood to the present and provides an invaluable companion to the history behind the Diamond Jubilee as well as a biography in photographs of the truly remarkable woman it celebrates. Making extensive use of materials drawn from the Royal Archives, the book features three hundred full-color illustrations--many never before seen--including personal documents and photographs portraying the formal and family life of Queen Elizabeth II both before and during her successful sixty-year reign. A magnificent souvenir of a rare event in royal history, this charming book also provides an intimate portrait of the life of Queen Elizabeth II.

British Weekly review
“The idea of producing a small illustrated souvenir on The Queen’s reign was a follow-on from the little illustrated books that we have been producing over the last six years,” says Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album author Jane Roberts. “These have proved very popular both with our UK audience and with people around the world.”

This year marks the sixtieth anniversary of the ascension of Queen Elizabeth II to the British throne. Celebrations started the beginning of the year and will reach a crescendo this coming weekend. Queen Victoria is the only British queen to have reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II.
Queen Elizabeth II: A Diamond Jubilee Souvenir Album commemorates the event with photos and documents haven’t been seen before. Many of the photos are from the Royal Archives. The book features 300 full color illustrations. The book is a wonderful souvenir album, a pictorial and written history for this event. It starts from when Elizabeth was a child to her life this year.

“A comparison of The Queen’s life in 2012, with that of the last monarch to celebrate a Diamond Jubilee, Queen Victoria in 1897, is inevitably revealing of many things,” says Roberts. “The Queen is still very active, both nationally and internationally. The support that The Duke of Edinburgh provides is key to so many aspects of her life.” Both queens have seen huge technological advances, with the Age of Steam in the Victorian Age and the Digital Age today.

Jane Roberts is the Royal Librarian at Windsor Castle and the author of several books, including Five Gold Rings, also published by Royal Collection Publications.

The majority of the research for Diamond Jubilee was picture research. “The computerized database of the Royal Collection is invaluable in finding relevant items, dating from both the present reign and from earlier centuries,” says Roberts. “I did no primary research for the book on documents. The book is not intended to say anything new, just to illustrate the key aspects of The Queen’s life, and reign. The illustrations are intentionally a mixture between items in the Royal Collection and Royal Archives, and photographs, especially press photography.” Roberts first chose key topics for each year, then found the best items to illustrate, then wrote the words to inform the reader on those topics.

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Thanks Warren that's the one,it was a really nice surprise to get!
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I must say, Her Majesty makes is a stunning Queen, even for her age. I really like seeing her in the King George IV State Diadem.
I am really amazed that after all the decades of wearing those very heavy earrings, HM's ears look quite perky. Mine would look like a basset hound's and be resting on my shoulders!
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"Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses"
by Sarah Gristwood

ISBN-10: 0465018319
ISBN-13: 9780465018314
Published: Basic Books, September 2012
Pages: 384

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How the Wars of the Roses were won and lost by the political and dynastic skills of the royal women: this is the true story behind Philippa Gregory’s dramatic novels about fiery Queens and the perils of power.
The events of the Wars of the Roses are usually described in terms of the men involved: Richard Duke of York, Henry VI, Edward IV, Richard III and Henry VII. The reality though, argues acclaimed author Sarah Gristwood, was quite different. These years were also packed with women’s drama and – in the tales of conflicted maternity and monstrous births – alive with female energy.

In this completely original book, Sarah Gristwood sheds light on a neglected dimension of English history: the impact of Tudor women on the Wars of the Roses. She examines, among others, Cecily Neville, the wife of Richard Duke of York, who was deprived of being queen when her husband died at the Battle of Wakefield; Elizabeth Woodville, a widow with several children who married Edward IV in secret and was crowned queen consort; Margaret Beaufort, mother of Henry VII, whose ambitions centred on her son and whose persuasions are likely to have lead her husband Lord Stanley, previously allied with the Yorkists, to play his part in Henry's victory.

Until now, the lives of these women have remained little known to the general public. Sarah Gristwood tells their stories in detail for the first time. Captivating and original, this is historical writing of the most important kind.

To contemporaries, the Wars of the Roses were known collectively as a “cousins’ war.” The series of dynastic conflicts that tore apart the ruling Plantagenet family in fifteenth-century England was truly a domestic drama, as fraught and intimate as any family feud before or since.

As acclaimed historian Sarah Gristwood reveals in Blood Sisters, while the events of this turbulent time are usually described in terms of the male leads who fought and died seeking the throne, a handful of powerful women would prove just as decisive as their kinfolks’ clashing armies. These mothers, wives, and daughters were locked in a web of loyalty and betrayal that would ultimately change the course of English history. In a captivating, multigenerational narrative, Gristwood traces the rise and rule of the seven most critical women in the wars: from Marguerite of Anjou, wife of the Lancastrian Henry VI, who steered the kingdom in her insane husband’s stead; to Cecily Neville, matriarch of the rival Yorkist clan, whose son Edward IV murdered his own brother to maintain power; to Margaret Beaufort, who gave up her own claim to the throne in favor of her son, a man who would become the first of a new line of Tudor kings.

A richly drawn, absorbing epic, Blood Sisters is a tale of hopeful births alongside bloody deaths, of romance as well as brutal pragmatism. It is a story of how women, and the power that women could wield, helped to end the Wars of the Roses, paving the way for the Tudor age—and the creation of modern England.

Gristwood, a British journalist and biographer, provides a fresh take on the Wars of the Roses, a 30-year tug-of-war between two feuding dynasties, the houses of Lancaster and York, over the crown of England. The conflict officially ended with the accession of Henry VII in 1485, and it’s a story that has been hashed and rehashed by historians for centuries. But while most accounts focus upon battles fought and constantly shifting alliances between kings and noblemen, Gristwood (Arabella: England’s Lost Queen) adds another layer to the story: the essential roles played by the chief combatants’ mothers, sisters, daughters, and wives. Focusing on seven key women, from Marguerite of Anjou, Henry VI’s queen (who fought much more mightily than he to hold onto the throne), to Elizabeth of York, whose marriage to Henry VII in 1486 united the two houses, Gristwood has written a compelling narrative of what went on behind the scenes and away from the battlefields. Despite occasional confusion arising from the plethora of characters with common names, this is an engaging, well written, and thoroughly-researched page turner that should delight academics as much as fans of Philippa Gregory’s historical novels about several of the same notable women.

Praise for Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses…

Sunday Times

“Most of the leading players in the Wars of the Roses have traditionally been thought to be the men. Historian Sarah Gristwood… stands this on its head. She examines seven women, whose lives were bound together across the best part of a century, and tries to see the wars from their points of view…. Gristwood successfully evokes the lives of all these women, and in doing so brings a new and welcome perspective on the Wars of the Roses.”

Literary Review
“Entertaining and vividly drawn…. This is the true story of the most important women of the period, their travails and suffering; but also of the links between them, their friendships and ambitions, their cooperation, their courage and pragmatism. It is a different way of looking at this complex period, and Gristwood weaves the story with considerable skill. The battles and bloodshed that led to the loss of so many of the old nobility of England form a backdrop to the narrative, but the real emphasis is on half-a-dozen women whose extraordinary experiences of triumph and disaster, often in a bewilderingly short period of time, brought them to the edge of despair but did not, in the end, lessen their commitment to their families. They provided continuity as the world fell apart around them…. Gristwood is to be congratulated for her highly readable account of their lives”

About the author
Biographer and journalist Sarah Gristwood attended Oxford University and is a regular contributor to the London Times, Guardian, Independent, and Evening Standard. The author of seven previous books, including the best-selling Arbella: England’s Lost Queen and Elizabeth and Leicester: Power, Passion, Politics.

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By: Linda Diebel Canada
Biographer Sarah Gristwood leaves no doubt of her intent in the prologue to Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses. It is, she says about the cunning and courage of seven women who “created a new English dynasty” between 1445 and the early 16th century.

Hers is a revolutionary approach. For too long, history has been the purview of men, of kings and their battles, wars, conquests, murders and thirst for power. Exceptions reinforce the rule, as in the lives of the six women wed to Henry VIII whose fates depended on their ability to produce a male heir for their lord and king.

Gristwood’s perspective and lively writing are refreshing. She proclaims that to ignore the role of women is to “treat history as disaster tourism” — writing that deals so exclusively with “the roller-coaster ride as to get only a distorted picture” of what really shaped events. A singular chronicling of battles strips any sense of daily life and overlooks the influence of fiery women in determining victors in the game of thrones.

Gristwood’s book offers something I particularly value: good footnotes, an extensive bibliography and a comprehensive index, aspects that modern publishers too often treat cavalierly. Author of the bestselling Arabella: England’s Lost Queen and Elizabeth and Leicester: Power, Passion and Politics, her research is impeccable.

Certainly there have been individual biographies of each of these seven powerful women but by tracing the connections among them, Gristwood digs into motives and aspirations of royals too long overlooked. Women were the interconnective tissue between the white rose of the House of York and red rose of the Lancastrians, families who fought the War of the Roses (also known as the Cousins’ War) between 1455 and 1487. Through them, she gives us an unconventional history of the wars between relations, arguing that their actions mattered as much as battles, and certainly played a significant role in ending the war and establishing the peace.

These women should be legends. They bore grievous betrayal and loss yet remained resilient. Marguerite of Anjou arrived from France as a seasick 15-year-old and eventually ruled England in the place of her insane Lancastrian husband, Henry VI. The beautiful Cecily Neville’s Yorkist son Edward IV executed his own brother to protect the crown. Elizabeth of York waited during the Battle of Bosworh in 1485 to learn whether her future lay with Richard III, whom she loved, or the warrior, Henry Tudor. Richard became the last king to die in battle in England, and his remains were found only recently under a parking lot in Leicester. A new chapter is being written about events that occurred 500 years ago, sparking new interest in his life and era. Elizabeth became the York prize who united the houses with her marriage to the Lancastrian victor crowned Henry VII, the first monarch of the House of Tudor.

These women played critical roles at a time when women were increasingly moving into lives of quiet domesticity. Troubadours and excessive gallantry masked their treatment as chattels. But these women laid the ground for Elizabeth I, the “Virgin Queen,” whose deeds a century later would inspire a nation. She rallied her troops to battle with the cry she had the body of “a weak and feeble woman” but the “heart and stomach of a king.”

Gristwood considers these seven women the midwives and wives of the Tudor dynasty — indeed, of modern England.
By: Linda Diebel Canada
Biographer Sarah Gristwood leaves no doubt of her intent in the prologue to Blood Sisters: The Women Behind the Wars of the Roses. It is, she says about the cunning and courage of seven women who “created a new English dynasty” between 1445 and the early 16th century. (Snip)

Elizabeth of York waited during the Battle of Bosworh in 1485 to learn whether her future lay with Richard III, whom she loved, or the warrior, Henry Tudor. Richard became the last king to die in battle in England, and his remains were found only recently under a parking lot in Leicester. A new chapter is being written about events that occurred 500 years ago, sparking new interest in his life and era. Elizabeth became the York prize who united the houses with her marriage to the Lancastrian victor crowned Henry VII, the first monarch of the House of Tudor.
Arrgh :bang: Not this again. Documents in both England and Portugal show that King Richard was planning to marry Princess Joanna of Portugal (sister of John II) and Elizabeth of York was to marry Joanna's cousin who unexpectedly later became King Manuel I. Bosworth happened before the marriages could take place. I could go on and say that Richard has been called many things, but stupid wasn't one of them, and it would have been extremely stupid for him to have contemplated marriage to his illegitimate niece, but that would seem to be obvious. :)

Oh, and Henry Tyddr was no warrior and never claimed to be. He was hiding er observing from behind a tree behind his bodyguards and his French mercenaries when Richard, who WAS a warrior, came within three feet of him before being cut down. That's in the records too. :flowers:
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I was processing new books the other day and had it in my hands. It looks like an interesting read, so I put it on hold. Can't wait for my copy.
Oh oh it's out already? I think I really want to read it, it's more about her representation in books and movies and not her life.
"The Creation of Anne Boleyn
A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen
by Susan Bordo

Publisher:Houghton Mifflin Harcourt
Published: April 2013
ISBN: 0547328184
Hardcover, 368 pages

Publisher's Blurb
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 look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: neither.) 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 scholarship and critical analysis, Bordo probes the complexities of one of history’s most infamous relationships.

Bordo also shows how generations of polemicists, biographers, novelists, and filmmakers imagined and re-imagined Anne: whore, martyr, cautionary tale, proto “mean girl,” feminist icon, and everything in between. In this lively book, Bordo steps off the well-trodden paths of Tudoriana to expertly tease out the human being behind the competing mythologies.

Kirkus review
A dissection of the many varying portrayals of Anne Boleyn (1501–1536) since her death.
Bordo (Humanities/Univ. of Kentucky; The Male Body: A New Look at Men in Public and Private, 1999, etc.) begins her study of Boleyn through the ages with the attempted eradication of the doomed queen’s presence from Henry VIII’s castle and life. It was with this erasure, writes the author, that Boleyn ceased to exist as a person and became a character known only through the lenses of others. The chief contemporary accounts of her time at court come from a diplomat and supporter of Boleyn’s predecessor, Katherine of Aragon. The portrait is that of a villain, which Bordo thinks is unfair and probably historically inaccurate due to the biases of the sources. The author examines many of the histories and fictions that make Boleyn their subject, from early biographies to novels, plays and TV shows.

While she makes a compelling case for her assertion that Boleyn was a strong and independent victim of the times rather than a bloodthirsty and power-mad vixen, Bordo’s own biases are apparent. She portrays the former queen not as simply misunderstood but as a feminist hero for the ages. The angle won’t surprise those familiar with her other works, but occasionally the book feels less like history than sociological theory. While the obvious discontent with many Boleyn accounts is a main focus of the book, one consequence of all the attention given those works is the likelihood that readers who are not well-versed in the lore will become curious about all the stories, including the negative.

A great read for Boleyn fans and fanatics alike, though not for readers seeking a general biography of the queen.

Confessions of a Ci-Devant
More nonsense has been written about Anne Boleyn than almost any other personality in British history. The six-fingered witch of Counter-Reformation propaganda was the most extreme re-imagining of Henry VIII's second wife, but the most enduring trope is that of an unpleasant, morally-dubious social climber who trampled on anyone who got in her way and who lied, bullied and manipulated her way onto the consort's throne. There is a pervasive view in modern literature and history that holds that although Anne Boleyn probably was not guilty of the crimes for which she perished in 1536, she nonetheless basically deserved her eventual fate. To paraphrase a popular television show, Anne played the game of thrones - and lost.

The problem with that view of Anne Boleyn is not only that it's factually inaccurate, but that it's also the intellectual brainchild of five hundred years of misogyny. Anne Boleyn may have played the political game like a man, but she perished as a woman. She was not dragged off her pedestal by political or financial allegations, but rather her enemies eviscerated her on the grounds of her gender. They played, shamelessly, to the worst kinds of paranoia about what women would do if they had power. At Anne's trial, lurid details of her alleged seduction of her brother, Lord Rochford, and her libidinous sexual approaches to other members of the royal court were included in the indictments - right the way down to a description of how she had used French kissing to inflame her brother into committing incest with her. It was character assassination in its basest form, intended to annihilate Anne's reputation.

...In her new book The Creation of Anne Boleyn, academic Susan Bordo sets out to explore how and why Anne Boleyn's reputation has been shaped. Anne's story has inspired operas, plays, novels, television dramas and movies. She is a modern day industry in her own right; by far and away the most memorable of Henry's half-dozen wives, as Bordo wryly notes in her descriptions of Tudor fans' attempts to impose a kind of equality of interest on all six, despite the fact that all six are not equally interesting. And certainly not all equally important.

...Bordo is an expert on the academic politics of feminism and she goes to town on the allegedly "feminist" presentation of Anne in The Other Boleyn Girl (to date, a book that spawned a television drama that spawned a motion picture that spawned a thousand stupid questions).

...This is a book that takes pop culture seriously and in doing so produces an utterly fascinating view of how historical reputations are shaped and made.

...from somewhere, the myth grew that Mary was the most beautiful of Thomas Boleyn's two daughters. Gaining validity by no surer virtue than that endowed by repetition, the story of "Mary Boleyn's prettiness" is a reminder of the power that oft-repeated but unverifiable myths have on our perceptions of the past.

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Sound familiar?

Members with an understanding of blog/message board dynamics may find the following has some resonance...

This excerpt from Bordo’s book discusses “Viral Anne”–the Websites and Facebook pages devoted to Boleyn and/or The Tudors.

[Not everyone was a fan of Anne Boleyn. The woman who] started The Anne Boleyn Files in 2009, encountered a good deal of hatred of Anne and by extension, her site: “Being someone who runs an Anne Boleyn site has left me open to abuse, offensive emails, and even death threats because I dare to defend a woman who for some really is the ‘scandal of Christendom.’” Either encouraged or angered by The Tudors’ tendency to sanctify Katherine and Jane Seymour, “Team Boleyn” members and “Team Aragon/Team Seymour” members became mean, squabbling girls themselves.

...one of the first moderators of the Tudors Wiki was struck by “fierce loyalties” that arose among the members of the Katherine of Aragon and Anne Boleyn “camps.” “It never ceased to amaze me,” she recalls, “how strongly these women felt about something that happened over 400 years ago.” [Another moderator] who joined the Wiki in 2008 while she was studying for a master’s degree in history, remembers these battles as proving the truth of the comment made by sportswriter Clay Travis that “the dark corners of the internet message board made talk radio seem like a mid-day stroll in a well-kept garden.” [Posters], encouraged by the obscurity of internet conversations, didn’t hold back on slinging mud at each other, and for the moderators of the site, it became a “challenge maintaining the line between constructive criticism and negative character bashing.”

I have no will power. I brought the book, I can't even bear to type how much money I spent.
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