Anne Boleyn redux

In her new book, The Creation of Anne Boleyn, author Susan Bordo aims to "strip away all the 'sedimented mythology turned into history by decades of repetition' and to restore a restless, learned, freethinking and ambitious but nondemonic woman to the throne of the public imagination." Jennifer Schuessler of the New York Times has a review.

Throughout history, Anne Boleyn has been characterized as a scheming woman, a home-wrecker, an unfaithful wife and a witch, but Bordo has other ideas. “Women crave power, hell yes! Deal with it!” she writes as she breaks down "the historical evidence, or lack thereof, for various claims about Anne."