Mary Boleyn

Mary Boleyn

The Mistress of Kings

Book - 2011
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Presents a historical profile of Henry VIII's mistress and the sister of Anne Boleyn, examining her affair with Francis I of France, rise and fall in the Tudor court, and obscure later years after she married for love.
Publisher: New York : Ballantine Books, 2011.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780345521330
0345521331
Characteristics: 432p. ; 24cm

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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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