Even for those that are not very interested in history, there are certain names that just ring recognition. These are people that have made such a huge impact on history, that even if modern day people know nothing about else about them, their name has become a familiarity. Because of the course of human history, women have only recently become equals to men. That is why books about historic women are so attention grabbing on their own. They take a subject that is not only well known, but one that was able to overcome the odds of their gender to make a mark on history.
Anything that begins with “The real” is going to automatically grab attention. People are so interested in what really happened; what conspiracies throughout the ages have kept the truth hidden, what documents have been destroyed, which stories have been forever silence by death? And then to find out that this book is offering “the real truth” about one o the most influential families in European history, makes that one line an incredibly effective part of this cover. Readers almost don’t need the title, which tells them the main focus of this particular tell-all, another famous woman of history: Anne Boleyn. The picture that dominates most of the cover illustrates a strange combination of images: a white bird with its head high and hold a scepter, crowned as royalty. It stands on a dead tree trunk, whose symbolism may only be known by those already familiar with the Tudor family. The same goes for the red and white checkered pattern in front of the bird. Either history fanatics will be pulled by the symbolism, or curious people that are unfamiliar with this family, and this woman, will be insanely curious as to what these images mean. Altogether, this is a successful cover, because it will draw readers that are old and new to the Tudor the legacy.
Readers don’t have to know who this particular book is about to be enticed by the cover. There are two possible parts that will catch their eye first: the woman in the background, or the title in the foreground. The title is elicits curiosity because obviously there is still a queen living today, so why is this woman considered to be the last queen? Then the subtitle immensely adds to this curiosity by telling readers of a betrayal, and that this betrayal was so incredible, it actually changed the course of history. That is a pretty incredible promise to potential readers, and if they aren’t intrigued enough to flip through the pages yet, the image of the woman behind the title is sure to have the cover cracked open. Obviously the queen of the title, an apparently young woman, dressed in red with fiery hair to match, holds her dress as she seems to be running from something the readers can’t see. Her face is only half revealed, but that is enough to see the raw emotion that she portrays. A simple image, yet so compelling, and combined with the thought provoking title make this a truly effective cover.