Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings

Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings

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By (author) Alison Weir

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  • Publisher: Ballantine Books
  • Format: Paperback | 375 pages
  • Dimensions: 132mm x 202mm x 24mm | 322g
  • Publication date: 4 September 2012
  • Publication City/Country: New York
  • ISBN 10: 034552134X
  • ISBN 13: 9780345521347
  • Illustrations note: black & white illustrations, colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 363,491

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NATIONAL BESTSELLER - NAMED ONE OF THE BEST BOOKS OF THE YEAR BY THE "CHICAGO TRIBUNE" "New York Times" bestselling author and noted British historian Alison Weir gives us the first full-scale, in-depth biography of Mary Boleyn, sister to Queen Anne as well as mistress to Anne's husband, Henry VIII--and one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age. Making use of extensive original research," "Weir shares revelations on the ambitious Boleyn family and the likely nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. Unraveling the truth about Mary's much-vaunted notoriety at the French court and her relations with King Francois I, Weir also explores Mary's role at the English court and how she became Henry VIII's lover. She tracks the probable course of their affair and investigates the truth behind Mary's notorious 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. Alison Weir pieces together a life steeped in mystery and misfortune, debunking centuries-old myths to give us the truth about Mary Boleyn, the so-called "great and infamous whore." Look for special features inside. Join the Circle for author chats and more.

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Alison Weir is the "New York Times" bestselling author of many historical biographies, including "The Lady in the Tower, Mistress of the Monarchy, Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, The Life of Elizabeth I, " and "The Six Wives of Henry VIII, "and of the novels "Captive Queen, Innocent Traitor, " and "The Lady Elizabeth." She lives in Surrey, England, with her husband. "From the Hardcover edition."

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"This nuanced, smart, and assertive biography reclaims the life of a Tudor matriarch."--"Publishers Weekly" "Weir has achieved the enviable skill of blending the necessary forensic and analytical tasks of academia with the passionate engagement that avocational history lovers crave."--Bookreporter "Top-notch . . . This book further proves that [Weir] is a historian of the highest caliber."--Washington Independent Review of Books "Weir matches her usual professional skills in research and interpretation to her customary, felicitous style."--"Booklist"