Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Mistress

Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Mistress

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By (author) Josephine Wilkinson

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Hardback | 256 pages
  • Dimensions: 156mm x 236mm x 22mm | 599g
  • Publication date: 30 July 2009
  • Publication City/Country: Chalford
  • ISBN 10: 1848680899
  • ISBN 13: 9781848680890
  • Illustrations note: 30 colour illustrations
  • Sales rank: 368,155

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The scandalous true story of Mary Boleyn, infamous sister of Anne, and mistress of Henry VIII. Mary Boleyn, 'the infamous other Boleyn girl', began her court career as the mistress of the king of France. Francois I of France would later call her 'The Great Prostitute' and the slur stuck. The bete-noir of her family, Mary was married her off to a minor courtier but it was not long before she caught the eye of Henry VIII and a new affair began. Although a bright star at Henry's court, she was soon eclipsed by her highly spirited and more accomplished sister, Anne, who rapidly took her place in the king's heart. However, the ups and downs of the Boleyn sisters were far from over. Mary would emerge the sole survivor of a family torn apart by lust and ambition, and it is in Mary and her progeny that the Boleyn legacy rests.

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Jo Wilkinson received a First from the University of Newcastle where she also took her PhD. She is currently and scholar-in-residence at St Deiniol's Library, Britain's only residential library founded by the great Victorian statesman, William Gladstone. She is the author of a two volume biography of Richard III, the first volume of which Richard III, the Young King To Be has just been published by Amberley. She is currently writing volume two. She lives in York.

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By Cassandra Halkyn 12 Oct 2010 5

This is a fascinating and very enjoyable look at the 'Other Boleyn Girl': Mary Boleyn, sister of the famous Queen. There is not much to know about Mary, so this book is short. Nor is it a biography in the proper sense of the word, but an academic analysis of Mary's relationship with Henry VIII and her family, especially Anne. Wilkinson's points are well argued and the question of whether Henry VIII was the father of Mary's two children is finally and convincingly answered. The book is well written in an easily accessible style. It is also beautifully illustrated. To highlight just one: there is a portrait of Mary's first husband, William Carey, which the author was allowed to use by permission of a descendant of the Carey family. Mary Boleyn belongs on the bookshelf of anyone interested in the Boleyn family and Henry VIII.