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Still want to know more about Anne Boleyn and the reign of Henry VIII?

On this page, I have listed some recommended resources and you can also click through to American and UK/European resources to find books, DVDs and more. Remember to download my free report on the fall of Anne Boleyn – click here for details.

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Click here for the Anne Boleyn books and DVDs which are listed below, but available in the United States. See below for “The Tudors Season 3″ DVD.

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Simply click on the pictures below for more information about these Anne Boleyn books and DVDs, or click on the flags to go to our resource store.

Recommended Resources

Here are some great Anne Boleyn resources which I have divided into non-fiction, for those who want the facts, and fiction, for those who love historical novels. I’ve also added some great DVDs.

Non-Fiction

Eric IvesEric Ives’ “The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn” is, in my opinion, the definitive biography of Anne Boleyn. Ives has pieced together historical evidence to solve the Anne Boleyn puzzle and give a true portrait of this amazing woman. If you are an Anne Boleyn fan, this has got to be part of your book collection!
Joanna DennyJoanna Denny’s “Anne Boleyn” is also a brilliant portrait of the life of Anne Boleyn and, like Eric Ives, she draws on real historical evidence to debunk the myth that Anne was a deformed witch who seduced Henry and then committed adultery, treason and incest. A brilliant Anne Boleyn biography.
Love Letters“Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn” is a collection of seventeen love letters that Henry VIII sent to Anne Boleyn. These were the letters that he wrote to Anne when she was removed, or removed herself, from court after he showed an interest in her. It is wonderful to read the real words of Henry as he pleads with Anne to come back . A must for all Anne Boleyn fans!
Henry VIIIHistorian David Starkey’s book, “The Reign of Henry VIII – Personalities and Politics” is a concise examination of the reign of this amazing King of England, and looks at his whole reign, not just his marriages. David Starkey is one of Britain’s most famous and respected historians, so you can be sure that this book is based on real historical fact.
Six WivesAnother great book by renowned historian David Starkey. “Six Wives: The Queens of Henry VIII” examines all six wives – the strict catholic, Catherine of Aragon; Anne Boleyn, the woman who caused the English Reformation; Jane Seymour, the woman who gave Henry his long awaited son but who died just 2 weeks later; the so-called “Mare of Flanders”, Anne of Cleves; Catherine Howard, the young adulteress; and Catherine Parr, the woman who outlived the King. A great read for fans of Tudor times.

Fiction

A Lady Raised“A Lady Raised High” by Laurien Gardner is a fictional novel about Anne Boleyn written from the viewpoint of a girl who was a member of her household and who loved Anne.

The novel is just that, a novel, and is not meant to be taken seriously as it does contain some historical inaccuracies.

Brief Gaudy Hour“Brief Gaudy Hour” by Margaret Campbell Barnes is a wonderful historical novel giving the story of Anne Boleyn from her childhood, through her life at the French Court and English Court, her love affair with Henry Percy, her relationship and eventual marriage to Henry VIII, and eventually to her fall and execution.
The Secret Diary“The Secret Diary of Anne Boleyn” by Robin Maxwell is a novel in which new queen, Elizabeth I, is given a diary written by her mother, Anne Boleyn. Elizabeth has grown up believing that her mother committed adultery and treason, but she learns the real truth about Anne Boleyn from this precious diary.
The Other Boleyn Girl“The Other Boleyn Girl” by the well-known historical novelist, Philippa Gregory, is actually about Mary Boleyn, Anne’s sister, who is famous for being Henry VIII’s mistress and mother to two of his children. It is a great read, if you can put historical facts to one side, and enjoy it the way it is meant to be taken, as a work of fiction.
The French Executioner“The French Executioner” by C.C.Humphreys is about Anne Boleyn’s executioner, Jean Rombaud, who promises Anne that he will bury her deformed hand at a crossroads in France. The story is about Rombaud’s adventures on the way to fulfilling his promise to Anne.
Vengeance Is Mine“Vengeance Is Mine” by Brandy Purdy has the subtitle of “A Novel of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard and Lady Rochford – the Woman Who Helped Destroy them Both”. It is the story of how George Boleyn’s wife, Lady Jane Rochford, brings about the downfall of George and Anne Boleyn by accusing them of incest and then how she later betrays Katherine Howard.
This novel has got some rather poor reviews on Amazon, but other people love it – make your own mind up, I haven’t read this one.

DVDs

mindofatyrant“Henry VIII: Mind of a Tyrant” is a DVD of David Starkey’s excellent TV series which aimed to explore the mind of Henry VIII. It consists of four episodes – The Prince (1485-1509), The Warrior (1509-1525), The Lover (1526-1536) and The Tyrant (1533-1547). Anne Boleyn fans will particularly appreciate episode 3, “The Lover”, which explores Henry VIII’s relationship with Anne Boleyn.
“The Tudors – Season 3″ carries on from where Season 2 left off with Anne Boleyn dead and Henry VIII in love with Jane Seymour. This series covers Henry’s third and fourth marriage (Anne of Cleves) and events like the Pilgrimage of Grace. We also meet new characters like Sir Francis Bryan and get lots of the lovely Charles Brandon! (Please note that this is the US version and is not available in the UK yet).
Tudors1“The Tudors – The Complete Series 1″ introduces us to Henry VIII and his wife, Catherine of Aragon, and his court. We meet Cardinal Wolsey, Charles Brandon, Thomas More, Bessie Blount and, of course, Anne Boleyn.
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is a rather sexy Henry and Natalie Dormer is just perfect as the witty, intelligent, and attractive, Anne Boleyn. Raunchy at times and incredibly entertaining, this series will get you hooked!
Tudors2“The Tudors – The Complete Series 2″ could be subtitled “The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn” as it covers the period from Henry seeking an annulment from his marriage to Catherine of Aragon, through his eventual marriage to Anne and the birth of Elizabeth, to Anne’s arrest and execution.
We meet new characters – a new pope (Peter O’Toole), Cromwell, Cranmer and Jane Seymour, Henry’s future wife. This series is just as good as the first and make sure you’ve got the tissues ready for the execution!
The Other Boleyn Girl dvd“The Other Boleyn Girl” is the film of Philippa Gregory’s book (see above) starring Natalie Portman, Scarlett Johansson and Eric Bana. However, rather than being like the book, which focuses on Mary Boleyn, the film actually concentrates on Anne.
Watch the film before you read the book, otherwise you might find yourself getting annoyed and saying “that bit’s not like the book”!

7 Responses to “Resources”

  1. I have a question that you may – or may not- be able to help me with. I am dreaming of a trip to Britain and Ireland…a historical trip. I want something that’s at least two weeks – maybe more. I am hoping that, after my second back surgery this year I will be able to walk again and enjoy myself. Of course I would love the now full for 2011 Executed Queens tour – but can anyone suggest a good place for travel/tour information? I will most likely be traveling alone and am – or used to be – fairly adroit at traveling so, although some tours can be most informative. I don;t think I need a totally hosted tour. I am dreaming right now .. but it helps me with my back issues to dream and start planning! If you have suggestions – wonderful – but if you don;t I understand too. Thanks!

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    Bethie Reply:

    One thing I’d reccomend- spend at least a week in London-
    you will need it. I’ve been to London four times and I still
    haven’t got everything done, so spend as much time in London as you
    can. My personal favorite is Westminster Abbey, it is truly
    beautiful. It needs a day. I doubt you’ll need a guide, most of
    them have audio guides and leaflets free too. Hope you enjoy, it’s
    all great fun!

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  2. Stephen says:

    Im currently researching an essay on the ‘changing’ reputation of anne over the years and i was wondering if anyone could reccomend any 17th 18th or 19th century sources or the best place to find them? Im already using the letters and papers and have books and media sources for current opinions, but need some more sources to add depth to my essay. Any help would be amazing!!

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    Claire Reply:

    Hi Stephen,
    I’ve listed a load of old books, mainly 19th century, on Anne Boleyn at http://www.theanneboleynfiles.com/resources/books/anne-boleyn-books/other-anne-boleyn-books/ and if you click on the titles you can read them online. There is also Agnes Strickland’s “The Queens of England” Volume I which can be read online at http://www.archive.org/stream/agnesstricklands01striiala#page/n5/mode/2up. I hope that helps you.

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  3. Angie says:

    I know that Cambridge recently came into possession of Tudor Era state papers, they put them up online somewhere, I can’t seem to find them! Does anyone know the website? Or even what they are called? i have access to the Cambridge library, but I haven’t been able to locate the collection…help please!

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  4. Shoshana says:

    Hi, Claire,
    Don’t know if you got my last email thanks to my router acting up & hope this one gets through on the new router.

    Did you stop selling the gowns and headdresses? I am nervoudly sweating your answer ecause it is only now I can order the headdresses that I have been wanting for a long time! If you do not carry them any longer, would you please send me the artists’ website address so I can order directly from her?

    Hope your weather in Spain is as wonderful as ours here in Seattle. We are wearing light sweaters but the sun is shining and it’s jur tifht. Not too hot or cold; perfect for beach walks, mountain hikes, and general all around fun!

    Sho

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    Claire Reply:

    Hi Sho,
    I didn’t receive your other emails but, yes, we have stopped selling gowns and headdresses because the lady who made them was getting so busy with making wedding dresses that she just couldn’t cope with our orders too. I will email you.

    It is beautiful and sunny here in Spain, late 30s (ºC) every day so we’re making the most of it. Hope you are well xx

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