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"...Claire has somehow managed to synthesize all the facts associated with the coup against Anne and the Boleyn faction in 1536, and presented it in a a hugely readable and concise format that deserves applause...A great addition to any Anne Boleyn fan's book shelves!" - Sarah Morris, Author of Le Temps Viendra: A Novel of Anne Boleyn


"With this book, Ridgway gives Queen Anne Boleyn the justice she was denied almost 500 years ago. She has performed a service for history." - Jeane Westin, Author of His Last Letter: Elizabeth I and the Earl of Leicester
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 348 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 30, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 147526612X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1475266122
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.9 x 8.5 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #905,072 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books GEORGE BOLEYN: TUDOR POET, COURTIER AND DIPLOMAT (co-written with Clare Cherry), ON THIS DAY IN TUDOR HISTORY, THE FALL OF ANNE BOLEYN: A COUNTDOWN, THE ANNE BOLEYN COLLECTION and THE ANNE BOLEYN COLLECTION II, as well as INTERVIEWS WITH INDIE AUTHORS: TOP TIPS FROM SUCCESSFUL SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS. Claire's latest release is SWEATING SICKNESS IN A NUTSHELL. Claire was also involved in the English translation and editing of Edmond Bapst's 19th century French biography of George Boleyn and Henry Howard, now available as TWO GENTLEMAN POETS AT THE COURT OF HENRY VIII.

Claire worked in education and freelance writing before creating The Anne Boleyn Files history website and becoming a full-time history researcher, blogger and author. The Anne Boleyn Files is known for its historical accuracy and Claire's mission to get to the truth behind Anne Boleyn's story. Her writing is easy-to-read and conversational, and readers often comment on how reading Claire's books is like having a coffee with her and chatting about history.

Claire is a best-selling indie author and loves connecting with Tudor history fans, and helping authors and aspiring authors. Claire is also the founder of The Tudor Society.

To find her on the web, please visit:
www.theanneboleynfiles.com
www.claireridgway.com
www.interviewswithindieauthors.com
www.tudorsociety.com

Claire is also on Twitter (@anneboleynfiles or @authorinterview) and Facebook (theanneboleynfiles and InterviewsWithIndieAuthors).

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75 of 79 people found the following review helpful By Clare Louise on April 27, 2012
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I have ploughed my way through many books about Anne Boleyn and her spectacular fall in 1536. Many of those books were brilliant, some not so brilliant. Among the best are authors and historians such as Eric Ives whose biography of Anne is superb.
When I first heard about this book I wondered what would be so different about it that would make it stand out when so many books have already been written about Anne. I read it with a completely open mind, while wondering what I would gain from it. What I discovered was that I gained an enormous amount from it. Let's make it clear that this look at Anne's fall is not intended as an attempt to replicate what has gone before. Ives' biography of Anne, while superb, is not for a novice or the feint hearted! This is an entirely different approach to the subject. It is intended to be a clear, concise and easily digestible reference for Anne's fall, which I think achieves it's primary purpose.
It sets out a day to day diary of events building up to Anne's execution in May 1536, setting out details of the main characters involved. Most importantly of all it does so using all of the original source material available, with explanatory commentary by the author, Claire Ridgway. All angles of the story are looked at and researched, and all possible causes of the tragedy are investigated and dissected. But although Claire gives her personal views, backed up with compelling and logical argument, she makes it clear that the story is open to different interpretations, meaning we as readers are allowed our own opinions, whilst fully appreciating the logic behind the writer's views.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful By Linda Saether M.D. on May 9, 2012
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The Fall of Anne Boleyn, A Countdown, by Claire Ridgway, is a detailed and often erie, day to day account of the events that lead up to the execution of Anne Boleyn. It also includes an entry about the faith of those who survived those dark days, as well as poetry inspired by the turmoil of May 1536. What I loved in particular, other than now having a superbly detailed reference book, is the human factor Claire brings to her writing. The gradual build up to the inevitable outcome is tragic as it is, but the back stories, the insight into family ties and personal allegiances of those involved, breathes life into history. She opens doors into the court of Henry VIII and gives us access to the struggles and challenges of Anne's life as queen, even before her arrest. Her description of Anne Boleyn's last days and ultimately her execution are nothing but heartbreaking. One starts to understand the political atmosphere of a time where being in the King's favor meant everything and how being on the outside could be of detriment. One can feel the undertow of the power struggles within the court, see the subtle clues of strategic minds plotting behind the scenes, and not only watch this tragedy unfold, but see the day to day events of how it happened and how it affected so many lives.
Claire's dedication to her research mainly through primary sources, and also through the works of prominent contemporary historians is evident in all her work. Her web site [...] and [...], speak for themselves, as does her first book "The Anne Boleyn Collection, " which is another treasure throve of information and interesting reading.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Marnie Rose on May 5, 2012
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I first read the Kindle edition and I liked how the information was presented in a diary format so much that I purchased a paperback copy also. There has been a lot of information written on Anne Boleyn but this author is the the first one I've seen to rely on Primary sources( contemporary records of that time)so faithfully. Claire Ridgway obviously has put a great deal of time and effort into her research and it shows. She presents the material in a clear, easily understood way and because it is in a diary format, you can see what was happening on any particular day during the months preceding Anne's execution. I read it cover to cover and I enjoyed it very much. I added the paperback version to my collection and I know I will use it many times to come. I very much recommend this book to all Tudor fans and if you haven't read it, Claire's first book, "The Truth about Anne Boleyn", was also wonderful as it dispels many popular myths about Anne Boleyn. I'm a great fan of her website, The Anne Boleyn Files, also. Enjoy, everyone!
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By MA on January 14, 2013
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Intriguing topic, but the constant input of the author's opinion, which is quite focused on making Cromwell guilty of all intrigues and accusations, became monotonous early on in the reading. Too little evidence made the frequent conjectures appear overly biased.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A. Kay on October 18, 2012
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Although purporting to be a time line, the book starts out enumerating historical characters. Then it gets into its "timeline" phase but unfortunately with many digressions to again enumerate characters. While I like learning about the cast of characters, telling me that someone was the earl of this and the baron of that and the clerk of this and the collector of that etc. to the point of silliness, cause me to skip whole paragraphs.

The book is incredible redundant. Letters and whole passages appear numerous times throughout the book. It reminded me of the school papers I used to write that had to be x number of pages long. A more succinct and better organized structure for this book is truly needed.

Lastly, I often go to Wikipedia while reading a novel to flesh out what I am reading about and to see portraits of characters and pictures of castles to make my reading more vivid. In some cases I found the words on a Wikipedia page repeated verbatim to those in the novel. If the author contributed to the Wikipedia page from the novel then absolutely great and kudos to the author for sharing her knowledge in a universally accessible venue. But if it went the other way then.....
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