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

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

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By (author) Josephine Wilkinson

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  • Publisher: Amberley Publishing
  • Format: Paperback | 224 pages
  • Dimensions: 124mm x 194mm x 18mm | 240g
  • Publication date: 1 December 2010
  • Publication City/Country: Stroud
  • ISBN 10: 1848685254
  • ISBN 13: 9781848685253
  • Edition statement: Reprint
  • Illustrations note: 10 colour illustrations, 12 black & white illustrations
  • Sales rank: 182,427

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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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Author information

Josephine Wilkinson is an author and historian. She received a First from the University of Newcastle where she also read for her PhD. She has been 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 THE EARLY LOVES OF ANNE BOLEYN and 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 also editor of the new edition of Paul Friedmann's ANNE BOLEYN ('Friedmann has an unparalleled mastery of the detail of his subject, which he weaves into a compelling and lively narrative. A meticulously researched and supremely readable classic of Tudor biography' DR RICHARD REX). She lives in York.

Customer reviews

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.
Cassandra Halkyn

Table of contents

Chapter 1: The Early Years, 1500-1514 Chapter 2: Mary in France, 1514-1520 Chapter 3: First Marriage, 'Lady Carey' 1520 Chapter 4: Golden Days, 1520-1522 Chapter 5: Kindness to a King, Mary & Henry VIII, 1522-1524 Chapter 6: A Turning Point, 1524 Chapter 7: King Henry VIII's Children? 1524-1526 Chapter 8: Out of Favour, 1526-1528 Chapter 9: Mary Eclipsed, 1529-1532 Chapter 10: The Queen's Sister, 1532-1534 Chapter 11: Second Marriage, 'love overcame reason', 1534-1536 Chapter 12: These Bloody Days, 1536 Chapter 13: The Bitter End, 1536-1543 References Bibliography Acknowledgements List of Illustrations Index