Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies by Hayley Nolan Book Review

Anne Boleyn, the second wife of King Henry VIII, remains one of the most controversial and interesting women in history. She was one of the reasons I began my website, and I remember reading everything I could.

Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies begins with the tale that she must be most maligned women in history, and Hayley Nolan is here to tell you the truth. I must have been reading the wrong books because I’ve read plenty that were not biased against Anne. This book is clearly aimed at a younger audience with its clickbaity title and hashtags. The angry tone of the author is a huge turn-off, and I often found myself rolling my eyes. For me, it was a complete distraction of what could have been a good book about Anne.

Honestly, there are better books out there about Anne. I can recommend The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England’s Most Notorious Queen by Susan Bordo (US & UK), for example.

Anne Boleyn: 500 Years of Lies by Hayley Nolan is available now in both the UK and the US.

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My name is Moniek and I am from the Netherlands. I began this website in 2013 because I wanted to share these women's amazing stories.


  1. Having an avid interest in Anne Boleyn for decades, I was prepared to give book a look-see even though the cover was shouting at me. I’m glad I checked the sample instead of buying it outright. I agree, give this one a hard pass.

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