The Best Book on Anne Boleyn: The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives

Posted By on September 25, 2013

Eric Ives Anne BoleynI’m often asked for book recommendations on Anne Boleyn and it seems appropriate to share this recommendation on the anniversary of Eric Ives’ death seeing as he wrote my all-time favourite book on her: The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn.

I call The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn my Anne Boleyn “Bible” because it is THE Anne Boleyn handbook. It covers everything about Anne, her life, her time as queen and her fall, and is incredibly detailed. It is fully referenced too, which means that readers can check sources for themselves and see what evidence Ives based his theories on. It was also written by a man who was passionate about Anne Boleyn. I was fortunate enough to meet Eric Ives on a few occasions and to correspond with him, and he loved nothing better than sharing his knowledge about Anne and answering questions about her. When he spoke to a group on one of the tours I arranged, he said that he could talk about Anne “until the cows came home” and to let him know when we got fed up of him, we obviously never did. We could have listened to him “until the cows came home”!

You can read my full review of The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn on my review site – click here. I would also recommend his books Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery and The Reformation Experience. I will be raising a glass to Eric Ives today, in memory of a man who kept my passion for the Boleyns burning and who was a true historian.

You can read the article I wrote in memory of Eric Ives, after his death last year, at Eric Ives Obituary. Historian Leanda de Lisle has shared an article on Anne Boleyn on her blog in memory of Eric Ives, see

6 thoughts on “The Best Book on Anne Boleyn: The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn by Eric Ives”

  1. Angie says:

    I am currently reading this book now and i agree. So far so good!!

  2. Eliza says:

    I agree 100%, it’s the best book on Anne Boleyn!!

  3. Sandra says:

    I love this book. It has absolutely everything you need to know about Anne Boleyn and is highly readable. Now we need the same for Henry VIII. Which is the “Bible” for him?

  4. Dawn 1st says:

    I can’t think there would be many that would disagree with you on your choice of Pro. Ives book, Claire. It will be a hard one to beat even if you aren’t in total agreement with every theory he comes to and puts forward. The dedication, detailed research and his passion for this Queen shines out above all others.

    It’s hard to believe it is a year ago already since he passed away. He left us with a fantastic legacy which will go on through time.

  5. BanditQueen says:

    Excellent book and by far the most extensive I have read on Anne Boleyn and seems to have the most sources and things in it. He is a very authorative expert on this matter. Agree the best book that I have ever read and one of the most accessible as well.

  6. TudorRose says:

    I agree wholeheartedly. We could have one best male and one best female!. 🙂

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