Hunting The Falcon: Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn and the Marriage That Shook Europe

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The story of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn is one of the most remarkable in history: a long courtship followed by a shotgun wedding and then a coronation, ending just short of three years later when a husband's passion turned to such hatred that he simply wanted his wife gone. Missing from most accounts is how the turbulent nature of Anne and Henry's relationship was tied almost completely to the major events of international politics at one of the great turning points of British and European history. This was a marriage that convulsed not just a nation, but a whole continent.

Drawing on new archival documents, startling artefactual discoveries and reinterpretations of long-misunderstood sources, John Guy and Julia Fox unearth the truth of these two extraordinary lives and their tumultuous times. They pay particular attention to the formative years Anne spent in the French courts while Henry learned how to be king among English courtiers - and dispel any lingering assumptions that a sixteenth-century woman, even a queen, could exert little to no influence on the politics and beliefs of a patriarchal society. Hunting the Falcon is a sumptuous retelling of one of the most consequential marriages in history and a startling portrait of love, lust, politics and power.

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Manufacturer/Publisher: Bloomsbury
Binding: Hardback
Author: John Guy and Julia Fox
Date Published: 2023
Pagination: 624p

SKU: 9781526631527