Mary Boleyn

Mary Boleyn

The Mistress of Kings

Book - 2011
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Sister to Queen Anne Boleyn, seduced by two kings, she was an intimate player in one of history's most gripping dramas. Yet much of what we know about Mary Boleyn has been fostered through garbled gossip, romantic fiction, and the misconceptions repeated by historians. Now, in her latest book, New York Times bestselling author and noted British historian Alison Weir gives us the first ever full-scale, in-depth biography of Henry VIII's famous mistress, in which Weir explodes much of the mythology that surrounds Mary Boleyn and uncovers the truth about one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age.nbsp;

With the same brand of extensive forensic research she brought to her acclaimed book The Lady in the Tower, Weir facilitates here a new portrayal of her subjects, revealing how Mary was treated by her ambitious family and the likely nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. She also posits new evidence regarding the reputation of Mary's mother, Elizabeth Howard, who was rumored to have been an early mistress of Henry VIII.

Weir unravels the truth about Mary's much-vaunted notoriety at the French court and her relations with King François I. She offers plausible theories as to what happened to Mary during the undocumented years of her life, and shows that, far from marrying an insignificant and complacent nonentity, she made a brilliant match with a young man who was the King's cousin and a rising star at court.

Weir also explores Mary's own position and role at the English court, and how she became Henry VIII's mistress. She tracks the probable course of their affair and investigates Mary's real reputation. With new and compelling evidence, Weir presents the most conclusive answer to date on the paternity of Mary's children, long speculated to have been Henry VIII's progeny. She also explains why there is barely a mention of Mary in historical records at the time of Anne Boleyn's notorious fall in 1536.

Alison Weir has drawn fascinating information from the original sources of the period to piece together a life steeped in mystery and misfortune, debunking centuries-old myths and disproving accepted assertions, to give us the truth about Mary Boleyn, the so-called great and infamous whore.

Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2011.
ISBN: 9780771089220
Characteristics: xxiii, 364 p., [16] p. of plates :,ill. (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.), geneal. tables ;,25 cm.

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akarenina Sep 26, 2012

Weir says that Mary Boleyn was of little importance at the French and English courts and that records of her movements are scant. She then proceeds to take 348 pages of heavily footnoted text to tells us why. I only made it half way; this is certainly not for the general reader. Anything one wants to know about Mary can be found in Weir's book about Anne.

PrimaGigi Nov 30, 2011

I will read anything about Elizabeth I/ Mary Queen Of Scots/The Tudors/Anne Boleyn. Which means I will (and have) read anything relatively related to the lives of the people they were related to and friends or associates with. I've read many the fictional books based on Mary and Henry's affair (even that factual mess that was The Other Boleyn Girl) This is a biography based on Mary Boleyn. You are made to believe you are getting to know her based upon very little evidence. A lot of the book is based on her sister Anne, her father's rise in the courts. We can now establish it wasn't Anne's rise that made him powerful, but that he was already a figure at court before that. Her mother is mentioned as a possible amour to the King Henry VIII. Things that were already speculated are in here. Weir spends more time debunking other authors' on their assumptions of Mary that you are left wondering still who Mary was and is to be such integral figure to her sister's ruin.

debwalker Oct 20, 2011

Another take on the "other" Boleyn girl - the one who kept her head.

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