Anne Boleyn, twenty years old, stepped onto the shore at Dover in the winter of 1521 after several years abroad. She had been sent to France to assimilate French culture, and had used the time well. She was all set to make a big impression at the Tudor court—and did, capturing the heart of Henry VIII.
But this woman, who was in the grave by the age of thirty-six and on the throne of England for only three years, provokes strong reactions from many. Was she an immoral woman who seduced Henry away from his rightful wife for the advancement of family and personal gain? In this well-researched, fresh look at Anne, Colin Hamer sets her in her context as a young woman who had come to true faith in Christ, and shows the impact for good she made from her position of influence, an impact we still benefit from today.
Colin Hamer is currently chairman of a charity that works with the homeless and other vulnerable groups. Following his graduation from Liverpool University in 1972 with BA (Hons), he spent a short time teaching then pursued a business career for more than twenty-five years. He has been an elder at Grace Baptist Church, Astley, Manchester, for twenty years. He and his wife Lois have two adult children. His first book, Being a Christian Husband—a biblical perspective, was published by Evangelical Press in 2005.
‘In this fascinating biography of her short life, Colin Hamer skillfully shows how God prepared Anne for this important work and used her to bring Reformed truth into the powerhouse of England.’
—Kath Dredge, Further Education tutor and manager of Hall Green BookPoint, Haworth,
‘Colin Hamer’s Anne Boleyn is as exciting as fiction as it carefully makes its way through the historical and religious complexities of Henry VIII’s England.’
—David B. Calhoun, Professor of Church History at Covenant Theological Seminary, St Louis, Missouri
‘Colin Hamer’s new book is a spirited and engaging biography of the beautiful, dark-eyed Anne Boleyn, second of Henry VIII’s six wives. What makes this treatment so fascinating is that Hamer rightly understands her important (one might say vital) role in support of the ‘new learning’—Protestantism. As Henry’s queen, Anne brought her evangelical convictions (learned from Marguerite d’Angoulême) to Henry’s Tudor court where she worked clandestinely as an advocate for the Protestant cause. The story told here makes for a stimulating read and will give the reader a deeper and richer understanding of the English Reformation.’
—Frank A. James III, President and Professor of Historical Theology, Reformed Theological Seminary, Orlando, Florida, USA