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    DescriptionBessie Blount was the longest-lasting mistress of Henry VIII, and one of the earliest known. She was the king's first love. More beautiful than Anne Boleyn or any of Henry's other wives or concubines, Bessie's looks and other charms ensured that she turned heads, winning a place at court as one of Catherine of Aragon's ladies. Within months she was partnering the king in dancing and she rose to be the woman with the most influence over Henry, much to Catherine of Aragon's despair. The affair probably lasted five years (longer than most of Henry's marriages) and in 1519 she bore Henry VIII a son, Henry Fitzroy. As a mark of his importance Cardinal Wolsey was appointed his guardian and godfather. Fitzroy was not the only issue of the relationship and the evidence suggests that Bessie also bore the king a second illegitimate child. Supplanted by Mary Boleyn, Bessie's importance rests on the vital proof she gave Henry VIII that he could father a healthy son and, through Henry Fitzroy, Bessie remained a prominent figure at court. She was also able to build a relationship with her eldest son, as well as raising her own family and running her own estates following her marriages. In the country at large her position as mother of such an important child made her an object of interest to many of her contemporaries. Sidelined by historians until now, Bessie and the son she had by the king are one of the great 'what ifs' of English history. If Jane Seymour had not produced a male heir and Bessie's son had not died young, aged seventeen, in all likelihood Henry Fitzroy could have followed his father as King Henry IX and Bessie could have been propelled to the status of mother of the king.


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    Title
    Bessie Blount
    Subtitle
    Mistress to Henry VIII
    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Elizabeth Norton
    Physical properties
    Format: Paperback
    Number of pages: 368
    Width: 124 mm
    Height: 198 mm
    Thickness: 29 mm
    Weight: 399 g
    Language
    English
    ISBN
    ISBN 13: 9781445613857
    ISBN 10: 1445613859
    Classifications

    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 25500
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC E4L: BIO
    BIC subject category V2: HBLH, BGH
    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T4.2
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JB
    BIC subject category V2: HBJD1
    BIC geographical qualifier V2: 1DBKE
    BISAC Merchandising Theme: ET030
    Ingram Theme: CULT/BRITIS
    B&T General Subject: 170
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 04
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 03
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 05
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    Libri: I-HP
    Abridged Dewey: 920
    BISAC V2.8: BIO022000
    Ingram Subject Code: HP
    BISAC V2.8: HIS015000
    LC classification: D
    B&T Approval Code: A23306400, A15202021
    BISAC V2.8: BIO006000
    BIC subject category V2: 1DBKE, 3JB
    DC23: 942.052092
    Illustrations note
    77 Illustrations (60 colour)
    Publisher
    Amberley Publishing
    Imprint name
    Amberley Publishing
    Publication date
    30 November 2013
    Publication City/Country
    Chalford
    Author Information
    Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. She is the author of eight books on the Tudors. She lives in London.
    Review quote
    Praise for the hardback published in 2011: 'Secret of the queen that Britain 'lost" THE SUN; 'A lucid, readable, intelligent account of the life of a woman who might have been queen' THE GOOD BOOK GUIDE.