Shakespeare's enduring image of Richard III's queen is one of bitterness and sorrow. Anne curses the killer of her husband and father, before succumbing to his marriage proposal, bringing to herself a terrible legacy of grief and suffering an untimely death. Was Anne a passive victim? Did she really jump into bed with the enemy? Myths aside, who was the real Anne? As the Kingmaker's daughter, she played a key role in his schemes for the throne. Brought up in the expectation of a glorious marriage, she was not the passive, manipulated pawn of romantic legend; in fact, she was a pragmatist and a survivor, whose courage and endurance were repeatedly pushed to the limit. In 1483 Anne found herself catapulted into the public eye and sitting on the throne beside Richard. The circumstances of their reign put unprecedented pressure on their marriage; amid rumours of affairs and divorce, Anne died mysteriously, during an eclipse of the sun, just weeks before Richard's death on the battlefield. This fascinating and elusive woman is shrouded in controversy and unanswered questions.
Amy Licence reassesses the longstanding myths about Anne's role, her health and her marriages, to present a new view of the Kingmaker's daughter.
From the author of Cecily Neville: 'This insight is so rare and so valuable' Philippa Gregory 'A fascinating story, well told' The Good Book Guide 'Amy Licence is a terrific writer' Susan Bordo, author of The Creation of Anne Boleyn
Amy Licence is the author of Royal Babies: A History 1066 - 2013, In Bed With the Tudors: The Sex Lives of a Dynasty from Elizabeth of York to Elizabeth I ('What really went on in Henry VIII's bedroom' The Daily Express), Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen and Anne Neville: Richard III's Tragic Queen ('A fascinating story, well told' The Good Book Guide), all published by Amberley. She lives in Canterbury.