Mary Boleyn: 'The Great and Infamous Whore'

Author(s): Alison Weir

British

"* Mary Boleyn is remembered by posterity as a great and infamous whore . * She was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII s second wife. She may secretly have borne Henry a child and it was because of his adultery with Mary that his marriage to Anne was annulled. * It is not hard to see how this tangled web of relationships has given rise to rumours and misconceptions that have been embroidered over the centuries. * In this, the first full-scale biography of Mary Boleyn, Alison Weir explodes much of the mythology that surrounds her subject and uncovers the facts about one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age. * Her extensive, forensic research has facilitated a new and detailed portrayal, in which she recounts that, contrary to popular belief, Mary was entirely undeserving of her posthumous notoriety as a great whore or the hackney whom the King of France famously boasted of riding. * Weir also presents compelling new evidence that almost conclusively determines the paternity of Mary s two oldest children. * In this astonishing and riveting book, Alison Weir shows that Mary s sto

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The first full-scale biography of Mary Boleyn, one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age, by the UK's bestselling female historian, Alison Weir

A comprehensive exploration of the myth surrounding her subject Sunday Times Gripping Independent on Sunday Alison Weir is one of our best popular historians and one, moreover, with an impressive scholarly pedigree in Tudor history -- Frank McLynn Independent Weir is particularly good at piecing together historical mysteries, and this penetrating portrait of a much-misunderstood woman set against the riveting background of the Tudor court is a real eye opener Good Book Guide

Alison Weir was born in London and now resides in Surrey. Before becoming a published author in 1989, she was a civil servant, then a housewife and mother. From 1991 to 1997, whilst researching and writing books, she ran a school for children with learning difficulties before taking up writing full-time. Her fourteen history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Lancaster and York, Children of England , Elizabeth the Queen, Eleanor of Aquitaine , Mary, Queen of Scots, Henry VIII: King and Court, Isabella, Katherine Swynford and, most recently Lady in the Tower. She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.

General Fields

  • : 9780099546481
  • : penguin random house
  • : Arrow
  • : September 2012
  • : 198mm X 129mm
  • : United Kingdom
  • : October 2012
  • : books

Special Fields

  • : 1
  • : English
  • : 942.05/2092 B
  • : 464
  • : Illustrations (chiefly col.), ports. (chiefly col.)
  • : Alison Weir
  • : Paperback