Book Review…Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies

A bold new analysis of one of history’s most misrepresented women.
History has lied.
Anne Boleyn has been sold to us as a dark figure, a scheming seductress who bewitched Henry VIII into divorcing his queen and his church in an unprecedented display of passion. Quite the tragic love story, right?
In this electrifying exposé, Hayley Nolan explores for the first time the full, uncensored evidence of Anne Boleyn’s life and relationship with Henry VIII, revealing the shocking suppression of a powerful woman.
So leave all notions of outdated and romanticized folklore at the door and forget what you think you know about one of the Tudors’ most notorious queens. She may have been silenced for centuries, but this urgent book ensures Anne Boleyn’s voice is being heard now.
4 Stars

I follow the author on TikTok. I love her channel.

Being from America, anything I learned about the British monarchy came from TV. We didn’t study that in school unless it was about the war. So I have a very limited education on Henry and his many wives and his life. My fault – I accept that. And for that reason, I had NO idea that Anne didn’t seduce the King. I thought she and her family had a plan to get her or her sister in the bed of the King. And maybe they did plot that. I don’t know and neither does anyone else.

In this book, Anne Boleyn you get to know Anne. Who she was, how she was educated and how she stepped into the court of King Henry. Let’s face it, it is better to have her look like a harlot than the King appears to be a crazy lunatic – after all he is running the country. So history downplayed her and made her look terrible. Now that Hayley Nolan is bringing this to light, people are freaking out. And I’m not sure why. We all know he was a terrible person. Why not let Anne come to light as the great person she was? Why hide it? Why keep it a secret?

Courts at the time were filled with gossip, that was listened to as gospel. It was the biggest bullying circuit around. If one person didn’t like you, they went out of their way to give you bad PR and that’s what happened to Anne. This book proves she was a great person who could overshadow the King in a heartbeat and that couldn’t happen. He’d lose his power to a woman? NEVER!

If you like history, give it a try.

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