Book Review: The Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo

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What do you know about Anne Boleyn? Was she fair or did she have dark hair? Did she have six fingers on one hand? Was she a witch who manipulated Henry VIII into breaking with the Roman Catholic Church changing the course of English history forever? Comparing contemporary accounts and modern portrayals, author Susan Bordo demonstrates how understanding of this divisive queen has been shaped by both supporters and detractors for over 500 years.

More than a typical biography, I enjoyed how this book made me think about the influence personal opinion can have on the way historical figures are interpreted. I got more context for the political intrigue of the Tudor court in this short book than I have in much longer titles. Like all good nonfiction, reading this book made me want to learn even more about this era in history.

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