The Creation of Anne Boleyn

  • by Susan Bordo
  • Narrated by Barbara Rosenblat
  • 12 hrs and 4 mins
  • Unabridged Audiobook

Publisher's Summary

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 audiobook, Bordo steps off the well-trodden paths of Tudoriana to expertly tease out the human being behind the competing mythologies.


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Loved this, as I always enjoy Susan Bordo's work. She is one of the few academics whose writing engages me right from the start, and keeps me glued to the page - or headset, in this case.

I was taught during a Catholic upbringing that Anne Boleyn was a six-fingered whore and scheming monster, who single-handedly forced Henry VIII to abandon the Church. Even as a teenager I thought that was a bit much, but never took the trouble to find out for myself who this fascinating woman had really been. No-one has made it clearer that we actually have very little real information to go on!

I love Susan Bordo's clarity and the way she helps me learn how better to approach a topic - history, and historical fiction are two of my favourites; I doubt that I will look at either in exactly the same way again.

Barbara Rosenblat's narration was excellent.
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- Geraldine Charles

A new Anne.

WOW. This book has convinced me ( not that I need much convincing) a largish historical fiction writers do very little, if any research into their chosen topic. This will not stop me reading them but I will use more than a pinch of salt with them. Susan Bordo seems to be a woman after my own heart, with a wonderful narrator who reads the text putting the best inflection in her voice and incredulity where needed. Super book and narration.
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- Teresa Cooper

Book Details

  • Release Date: 25-03-2014
  • Publisher: Audible Studios