PhD Thesis, MASARYKOVA UNIVERZITA V BRNĚ, PEDAGOGICKÁ FAKULTA, Katedra Anglického jazyka a literatury (Masaryk University – Brno, Faculty of Education, Department of English Language and Literature), April 1 (2007)
Anne Boleyn was the first English queen to be publicly executed. Five hundred years after her death, her tragic tale is still the subject of historians and the inspiration for films. Out of all of Henry`s wives, Anne is perhaps the most famous.
Anne Boleyn was one of the most ambitious, intelligent and important queens in European history. Combined with the intellectual force of feminism, which has interpreted Anne Boleyn in a highly favourable light, most academic histories write about her with respect and sympathy.
She was courted by a besotted king, love by lords, and praised by poets. Meanwhile her enemies noised her abroad as the Concubine throughout Catholic Europe. She was passionate, political, well-read and highly intelligent, and she helped to change the course of English history. It was said that she was the only woman who ever dared to argue and answer back to Henry VIII.