I’ve had lots of comments about the cover of The Fall of Anne Boleyn: A Countdown, and all of them complimentary (thank you!), so I thought I’d share the story behind the cover.
The majority of books out there on Anne Boleyn have a portrait of Anne as a cover and as my book is not a full biography of her life I didn’t think a portrait was appropriate. I wanted the cover to symbolise the subject matter of my book, i.e. Anne Boleyn’s fall and execution, and I wanted it to be different and eye-catching. I chose the B necklace because it is linked to Anne Boleyn, she is wearing it in most of the portraits we have of her, and it was obviously something she wore on that “little neck” of hers. I also wanted the image to symbolise the brutality of Anne’s end – the horror and the violence – so I picked an execution sword. I had photos of 16th century German execution swords and I figured that the French executioner’s sword would have been similar.
I gave a graphic artist friend a B necklace and my photos of the execution sword and explained what I wanted. He then played around with the concept and sent me different ideas until I was happy (I’m not too hard to please). Tim, my amazing, multi-talented husband (must suck up to him!), then took the image, added a background and made the cover. I had used John Stow’s “Annals of England to 1603″, which was published in 1603, in my research and the script used was beautiful. Tim had the idea of using the account of Anne’s execution from Stow’s book as the background for the sword and necklace image, and I agreed. I was really pleased with the finished cover image.
You can click on the image here to see a larger image and do let me know your thoughts. Do you like it?
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Cover design: David Leppenwell, Tim Ridgway and Claire Ridgway