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The Lady in the Tower

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A COMPELLING STORY THEN AND NOW

  • Nov 15, 2008
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 To hear versatile actress Anne Flosnik read The Lady in the Tower is to be transported to 16th century England, to the court  of Henry VIII.  While Henry was, indeed, a contradictory figure his court was even more so, filled with plotting, scheming, betrayals of trust.   Flosnik's  voice itself takes us there with a distinct, brisk British accent.  Her tone is both soft and firm.   Add to this voice her acting ability and you have an exemplary  performance, one that holds listeners rapt even though most know the outcome.

         Throughout history we find women who intrigue, their stories captivating us even after centuries have past.  Surely few of those lives are as compelling as that of Anne Boleyn. 

 History does not accurately record the date of her birth with guesses ranging from 1501 - 1507.  What is known is that as a young girl she was sent to France, to the household of Mary, Henry VIII's sister who was the wife of Louis XII.    She returned to England in 1921 to prepare for a marriage which did not take place.  Following this she had relationships with several men.  Anne was an ambitious woman, and eventually caught the eye of Henry VIII who was then married to Catherine of Aragon.

 Catch Henry's eye she did and more.  When she refused to become his mistress he decided to divorce Catherine and marry Anne.  The marriage did finally take place after she became pregnant with his child, a girl.  Anne never produced a son; Henry's attention soon turned to another.   She reigned for a brief three years as Queen and the drama of those days continues to attract us.

 Highly recommended

 - Gail Cooke

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