By 1535 Thomas Cromwell, the blacksmith’ s son, is far from his humble origins. Chief Minister to Henry VIII, his fortunes have risen with those of Anne Boleyn, Henry’ s second wife, for whose sake… read more at Kobo.
Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's Tragic Queen...Reading this one now. Anne Boleyn happens to be one of my favorite historical characters and I find her story fascinating. This book starts off fine, but in the middle gets too dry. History doesn't have to be dry and boring!
Part biography, part cultural history, The Creation of Anne Boleyn is a fascinating reconstruction of Anne's life and an illuminating look at her afterlife in the popular imagination. Why is Anne so compelling? Why has she inspired such extreme reactions? What did she really look like? Was she the flaxen-haired martyr of Romantic paintings or the raven-haired seductress of twenty-first-century portrayals? (Answer: neither.)
'Falling Angels' by Tracy Chevalier. So different from the Girl with the Pearl Earring, but a great read. Gives insight into how the Victorians viewed death and the struggle women had to go through to get the vote.