Monday, January 14, 2019

Question from Amber - Sources for dissertation on Anne Boleyn and her role in the English Reformation

Hi i am currently a third year university history student, and have chosen to my dissertation on the topic of Anne Boleyn, after some back and forth with my tutor she decided that a good title for my dissertation would be along the lines of whether Anne Boleyn was a political pawn or a a large protestant protagonist in reference to her role within the English reformation. However as my tutor cannot give away too much i am struggling to put this together in terms of the structure of my chapters and finding the correct reading and primary sources to support my thesis, any help regarding anything like mentioned would be a great great, any sources reading or advice on structure that may come to mind to help with my title would be excellent. Many thanks, Amber

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For primary sources or technically secondary sources from the latter half of the 16th century treated as primary sources:

Letters and Papers, Foreign and Domestic, Henry VIII
Calendar of State Papers, Milan
Calendar of State Papers, Venice
Calendar of State Papers, Spain
Edward Hall’s Chronicle
Wriothesley’s Chronicle
William Latymer's Chronickille of Anne Bulleyne
Love Letters of Henery VIII to Anne Boleyn
The privy purse expenses of King Henry the Eighth, from November 1529 to December 1532
Cavendish's The Life of Cardinal Wolsey
John Foxe’s Book of Martyrs/Actes and Monuments

Some helpful secondary sources to familiarize yourself with arguments that have already been made:

Greg Walker - Rethinking the Fall of Anne Boleyn
Thomas Freeman - Research, Rumour and Propaganda: Anne Boleyn in Foxe's ‘Book of Martyrs’
Eric Ives – Anne Boleyn and the Early Reformation in England: The Contemporary Evidence
Maria Dowling - Anne Boleyn and Reform

All of these come from The Historical Journal, English Historical Review, and Journal of Ecclesiastical History.

Also see the back and forth articles by Ives, Warnicke, and Bernard in these same journals in the 1980s/1990s. Oldies, but still worthy reads and the foundation of modern scholarship on Anne.

For books, see Eric Ive's The Life and Death of Anne Boleyn, Retha Warnicke's The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn, and G.W. Bernard's Fatal Attractions. If you're allowed to use a popular biography, Amy Licence's Anne Boleyn is very good (I personally rank it second to Ives).