Mistress Anne

Carolly Erickson

St. Martin's Griffin



Trade Paperback

304 Pages



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As Maureen Quilligan wrote in The New York Times Book Review of Erickson's The First Elizabeth, Anne Boleyn "was a real victim of the sexual scandals her brilliant daughter escaped, and a subject Ms. Erickson's sensitivity to sexual and political nuance should well serve." Indeed, Erickson could have chosen no more fascinating or appropriate a subject. Alluring and enigmatic, Anne Boleyn has eluded the grasp of historians for centuries, and in Erickson's Mistress Anne we find that ideal pairing of biographer and subject.

Offering a typically vivid and extraordinarily atmospheric re-creation of this most tragic chapter in all Tudor history, Erickson grants readers unprecedented insight into the singularity of Anne Boleyn's life. We also come to grasp the dark, overwhelming forces that shaped her errant destiny, and the tumultuous times in which she lived.


Praise for Mistress Anne

"Anne Boleyn emerges as alluring, arrogant, ambitious, and, ultimately, trapped. The author successfully turns the cliché into a real person."—Linda Charlton, The New York Times Book Review

"What more intriguing subject, then, for a historian who has chosen to concentrate on the Tudor period, and whose previous studies of Henry VIII, Queen Mary, and Queen Elizabeth have been hailed for impeccable scholarship, graceful phrasing, and almost addictive readability—for the vividness and immediacy usually found in the best novels."—Alida Becker, The Philadelphia Inquirer

"Erickson is one of the most accomplished and successful biographers writing in English."—The Times Literary Supplement

"This book is highly enjoyable as well as being reliable and acute; indeed, it is popular historical biography at its best."—Christopher Hibbert, The Times (London)

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Distinguished historian Carolly Erickson is the author of Rival to the Queen, The Memoirs of Mary Queen of Scots, The First Elizabeth, The Hidden Life of Josephine, The Last Wife of Henry VIII, and many other prize-winning works of fiction and nonfiction. Her novel The Tsarina’s Daughter won the Romantic Times Reviewer's Choice Award for Best Historical Fiction. She lives in Hawaii.
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  • Carolly Erickson

  • Carolly Erickson received her Ph.D. in medieval history from Columbia University. She is also the author of The First Elizabeth, Great Harry, Alexandra, and Bloody Mary, among other books. She lives in Hawaii.
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