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We have replaced our Free Report on the fall of Anne Boleyn with an Anne Boleyn Files Welcome Pack which includes:-

  • FREE 11 page report – “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”
  • Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII Booklist – THE best books on Anne and Henry, the ones I use on a regular basis
  • Primary Source list – A huge list of contemporary sources, with links, regarding Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII. Just perfect for your research.

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Free Report

The Fall of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating story – one of passion, conspiracy, lies, injustice and bloodshed – and now you can read more about it, and my own opinions on who was responsible for it, in my FREE 11 page report -  “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”.

Anne Boleyn BookIn “The Fall of Anne Boleyn”, I use the opinions of well-known historians and historical evidence to examine who was responsible for Anne Boleyn’s fall from grace. I examine each suspect in turn, looking at the evidence of their involvement: Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII, Jane Seymour, Anne herself…

I really hope that you enjoy this report as much as I enjoyed writing it!

Anne Boleyn Book List

You could fill your bookcase with books on Anne Boleyn, the Six Wives and Henry VIII, but which ones are the best?

I spend every day researching Anne Boleyn’s life and Tudor history so I can recommend the very best books for you. This book list will prevent you from spending money on books which just don’t help. Let me be your guide through the history section of your bookstore.

Primary Sources

Books by historians are great but there is now a vast collection of primary sources, i.e. chronicles and letters written in the 16th century, available online. I have put together a list of them and given URL links so you can browse them from the comfort of your armchair. Just don’t blame me when you spend a whole day lost in the 16th century!

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17 Responses to “Free Report”

  1. Louise says:

    Hello Claire.

    I’ve just got back onto Broadband after a gap of nearly a week and I spotted your report, which I have now read.

    I accept that Cromwell orchestrated the plot against Anne. In fact there is ample evidence to support this: namely his own boasts to Chapuys that he did so. But I can’t agree that that means it is ‘widely acknowledged’ that he was responsible for the downfall of Anne rather than Henry. I know Weir argues this, but I would be interested to know what you believe, because Ives certainly doesn’t hold Henry as being completely blameless.

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  2. Claire says:

    Hi Louise,
    I really must update that report as I actually wrote it a year ago so my views have kind of changed and moved on as I’ve read and researched more. Yes, Weir does count Henry as an innocent victim but I can’t see that myself as I don’t think Cromwell would dare move against Anne without Henry’s say-so, he’d be risking his life in moving against the Queen in that way.

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    Susannah Reply:

    I agree

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  3. Berta says:

    Thank you very much for the free report Claire.
    I’m sure I will enjoy reading it!

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  4. Claire says:

    Hi Berta,
    I hope you enjoy it too! Thanks! x

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  5. nanci says:

    Claire,

    When we were all talking the other day about the fiction vs historical novels, I was in the middle of one you’d probably get a kick out of. It’s titled “Portrait of an Unknown Woman” by Vanora Bennett, and really takes off on a fictional account of the More household!

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  6. AMR says:

    My maternal side points to possibly decending from Mary Carey. So this is my question. If we are, then would my sons DNA show relation to Henry the 8th if Mary Boleyns son really was his and maybe not William Careys. Does anyone know?

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    Joan Reply:

    I too am wondering this very question. My great grandmother (Alice Maria CAREY) came out to Australia in 1874 with her parents (Charles William Carey b1844 and Ann Harlow b 1843). Charles descended from Henry Carey b 1617 and Isabel Carey b 1618. The family story was handed down 6 generations that Mary Boleyn and Henry VIII were the parents of Henry and Katherine, Mary’s first 2 children. There must be thousands of us descendants who could put this to the test by DNA testing. Thank you AMR for bring this subject up.

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  7. Grace says:

    The report was really good. Cromwell wasn’t a nice man and there is no evidence that Anne did anything wrong. She was a good girl, She would obey the King’s orders whenever, Even when he would put her to death.

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  8. Susannah says:

    I have just read the free report that is issued when you subscribe to the Anne Boleyn Files, and I have to say that it is truly excellent. I have never read anything before that so truly echoes my sentiments about this part of history. It was a pleasure and a joy to read this report; it was really well paced and well written. Thank you for producing such an excellent and informative report.

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    Susannah Reply:

    The only important thing that I believe separate from the report is that Henry was not blameless in the fall of Anne Boleyn. However, I do believe that it was most cunningly orchestrated by Cromwell, and the result was the eradication of the key members of the Boleyn Faction.

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  9. The Tudors, the Tudors, I love the Tudors but am a little upset. Why doesn’t someone make a movie or mini series about the Tudors starting with Henry the VII? After all he did start the Tudor line, right? I would really love to see a mini series about the Tudors beginning with Henry the VII on through to Elizabeth I, then it could be called The Tudors!

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  10. WilesWales says:

    Thank you so very, very much, Claire! I can’t wait! You are such a wonder, and I am sure that it will be more than well worth the wait! Thank you, again! WilesWales

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  11. david norris says:

    I don,t know if any one knows that sir Henry’s grandson or great grandson was the first
    of his line to be born in the americas by way of MARY NORRIS ALLERTON although he
    died in the harbour at plymouth mass.in 1620. Mary herself died in 1621 from the hard-
    ships of the time. Fully half of those who landed in 1620 died the firs winter.

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  12. Tiffany says:

    I tried to sign up to recieve the report and the book list and I’m not getting anything in my email. I tried once about a week ago and again this morning. I checked my junk folder nothing there either. It it available on the site anywhere?

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  13. V. Smith says:

    On the first page of this report you write: “Henry VIII married Anne Boleyn for love, not diplomacy, the only English monarch
    to marry for this reason.” but this isn’t true. His grandfather on his mother’s side, King Edward, married his grandmother, Elizabeth, for love, and she was an English commoner just like Anne.

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  14. Alecs says:

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