Bessie Blount: Mistress to Henry VIII

Bessie Blount: Mistress to Henry VIII

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By (author) Elizabeth Norton

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 384 pages
  • Dimensions: 154mm x 236mm x 36mm | 780g
  • Publication date: 19 March 2012
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 1848688709
  • ISBN 13: 9781848688704
  • Edition statement: 1
  • Illustrations note: 77 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 390,915

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Beautiful, young, exuberant, the amazing life of Elizabeth Blount, Henry VIII's mistress and mother to his first son who came tantalizingly close to succeeding him as King Henry IX. The earliest known, and longest lasting mistress of Henry VIII, Bessie Blount was the king's first love. More beautiful than Anne Boleyn or any of Henry's other wives or concubines, Bessie's beauty 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 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. Supplanted soon after by Mary Boleyn, Bessie's importance rests on the vital proof it gave Henry VIII that he could father a healthy son and through Henry Fitzroy, Bessie remained a prominent figure at court. In the country at large, for proving that the king was capable of fathering a son Bessie prompted the saying 'Bless'ee, Bessie Blount' and her position of 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 17, in all likelihood Henry Fitzroy could have followed his father as King Henry IX and Bessie propelled to the status of mother of the king.

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Elizabeth Norton gained her first degree from the University of Cambridge, and her Masters from the University of Oxford. Her other books include CATHERINE PARR ('Scintillating' THE FINANCIAL TIMES, 'Cuts an admirably clear path through tangled Tudor intrigues' JENNY UGLOW, 'Wonderful - a joy to read' HERSTORIA), ANNE BOLEYN: HENRY VIII'S OBSESSION ('Meticulously researched and a great read' THEANNEBOLEYNFILES.COM), ANNE OF CLEVES: HENRY VIII'S DISCARDED BRIDE, JANE SEYMOUR: HENRY VIII'S TRUE LOVE, MARGARET BEAUFORT: MOTHER OF THE TUDOR DYNASTY, ANNE BOLEYN IN HER OWN WORDS & THE WORDS OF THOSE WHO KNEW HER ('A very useful compilation of source material on Anne Boleyn - a well produced book' ALISON WEIR), ENGLAND'S QUEENS: THE BIOGRAPHY (all published by Amberley Publishing) and SHE WOLVES: THE NOTORIOUS QUEENS OF ENGLAND. She lives in Kingston Upon Thames.

Table of contents

Chapter 1: Mistress Blount of Kinlet c.1500-1512 Chapter 2: Arrival at Court 1512-1514 Chapter 3: A Court Beauty 1514-1518 Chapter 4: The King's Love 1518 - Early 1519 Chapter 5: Mother of the King's Son Spring 1519 - June 1519 Chapter 6: The End of the Affair June - September 1519 Chapter 7: Lady Tailboys 1519-1525 Chapter 8: Henry Fitzroy 1525-October 1529 Chapter 9: The Duke of Richmond's Mother October 1529 - 15 April 1530 Chapter 10: Widow 1530 - 1535 Chapter 11: Lady Clinton February 1535 - 1536 Chapter 12: The King's Mother 1536 Chapter 13: Last Years 1536-1541 Chapter 14: Legacy Notes Bibliography List of Illustrations Index