Goodreads helps you keep track of books you want to read.
Start by marking “The Boleyn Women: The Tudor Femmes Fatales Who Changed English History” as Want to Read:
The Boleyn Women: The Tudor Femmes Fatales Who Changed English History
Enlarge cover
Rate this book
Clear rating

The Boleyn Women: The Tudor Femmes Fatales Who Changed English History

3.87 of 5 stars 3.87  ·  rating details  ·  45 ratings  ·  12 reviews
The Boleyn family appeared from nowhere at the end of the fourteenth century, moving from peasant to princess in only a few generations. The women of the family brought about its advancement, beginning with the heiresses Alice Bracton Boleyn, Anne Hoo Boleyn and Margaret Butler Boleyn who brought wealth and aristocratic connections. Then there was Elizabeth Howard Boleyn, ...more
Hardcover, 304 pages
Published December 1st 2013 by Amberley Publishing
more details... edit details

Friend Reviews

To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up.

Reader Q&A

To ask other readers questions about The Boleyn Women, please sign up.

Be the first to ask a question about The Boleyn Women

Elizabeth of York by Alison WeirSovereign Ladies by Maureen WallerAnne Neville by Amy LicenceQueens Consort by Lisa HiltonThe Creation of Anne Boleyn by Susan Bordo
2013 Royal Nonfiction New Releases
24th out of 53 books — 14 voters
The Six Wives of Henry VIII by Alison WeirThe Children of Henry VIII by Alison WeirThe Life of Elizabeth I by Alison WeirThe Princes in the Tower by Alison WeirBorn to Rule by Julia P. Gelardi
Of Kings and Queens
141st out of 231 books — 73 voters

More lists with this book...

Community Reviews

(showing 1-30 of 297)
filter  |  sort: default (?)  |  rating details
Elizabeth Norton’s book is a captivating and compelling read focusing on the women of the Boleyn family from the fourteenth century to the last Boleyn women, Elizabeth I and Catherine Carey, daughter of Mary Boleyn. Norton’s book focuses upon both the women who were born into the Boleyn line and also those that became Boleyn women through marriage. Her book traces the rise of the Boleyn women, from the earliest back in the thirteenth and fourteenth century who were land owners and members of min ...more
Athena Ninlil
The story of the Boleyn women is a story of family loyalty and of ambition. Indeed. Norton traces the hunble origins of the Boleyn family and their connections, by marriage or through blood, with the de Clares, Bouchiers, Howards, Welles, and so many others from which they shared a connection with Jane Seymour's family. It is a great and emotional read about the women in this family and she presents it in such a way that you empathize with them and feel saddened at the end by their struggles and ...more
Source: Free copy from Amberley for the purpose of review.
Anne Boleyn is infamous as being Henry's tumultuous second wife. Her sister Mary was known as his mistress; however, what do we know of the other Boleyn women who lived in the 13th (late 1200s) through 17th centuries (1603); each with ambitions, intelligence, and leaving their own mark in history.
The following women are depicted in The Boleyn Women:

Alice Bracton Boleyn
Anne Hoo Boleyn
Anne Boleyn Heydon
Margaret Butler Boleyn
For those interested in the family history of the women who were both born and married into the Boleyn family, this provides a good read. Unfortunately, because there is so little written history related to females of this time, much has to be deduced based on household accounts and related doings of their male relations (husbands, brothers, etc.) We are provided with an introduction to many of these women but there is little in depth to be found. It is rather scholarly inclined (lots of footnot ...more
Sylwia Zupanec
Elizabeth Norton's "The Boleyn Women" is a study of eight generations of Boleyn women, from the first 'Anne Boleyn' who lived during the Middle Ages to the Queen Anne Boleyn's daughter, Elizabeth I.

The Boleyn family first emerged in the late fourteenth century at Salle in Norfolk. Norton points out that "the family's origins were deeply unpromising and an observer in the thirteenth, fourteenth and even fifteenth century would never dreamed that the family would produce two queens of England" (p.
An excellent survey of the women of a family both famous and infamous. Elizabeth Norton's research into the women of the Boleyn clan is extensive and thorough, and she writes in such a way that the reader is kept interested from cover to cover.

(view spoiler)
Helene Harrison
ISBN? - 9781848689886

General Subject/s? - History / Tudors / Henry VIII / Elizabeth I / Anne Boleyn / Politics

Title? - The Boleyn women seemed to be notorious for their sexual relationships, hence 'femmes fatales' and they were incredibly influential on English history: Elizabeth I.

General Analysis? - This book was very well put-together. It offers a full view of the Boleyn family, particularly the women, from the first known Boleyn down through the reign of Elizabeth I. The family connections a
Liz Cee
Great style and information on the female side of this provocative family.
Suprisingly good. It's not just about Anne and Mary - but about thier grad-granndmothers and ants. The Boleyn women, as it appears, were really great, fiesty and progressive for the era.
Carole Roman
I always want to know about the ancestors of important people. This book goes up and down the Boleyn family tree, but doesn't give you more than an accounting of the many female sprouts on its branches. There is not much information that we don't already know- and I wish there was more on Elizabeth's interesting cousins Lettice and her daughter Penelope Rich.
Jan 16, 2014 Marilyn marked it as to-read
YAY, my copy arrived today! Anxious to cracks this one open, and read it!
Lina Joseph
If you want a book that explains the whole research and arguments on why they think someone is someone than this is the book. The narrative it's not that good in my opinion and its really easy to get confused. Too many details.
Daisy Aitchison
Daisy Aitchison marked it as to-read
Mar 27, 2015
Beth marked it as to-read
Mar 13, 2015
Becki Hodgson
Becki Hodgson marked it as to-read
Mar 10, 2015
Scorpianmuse marked it as to-read
Mar 08, 2015
Brenda Nickle
Brenda Nickle marked it as to-read
Mar 08, 2015
Staci added it
Mar 06, 2015
Lauren Elizabeth
Lauren Elizabeth marked it as to-read
Mar 03, 2015
Katherine marked it as to-read
Feb 22, 2015
Anna Battershell
Anna Battershell is currently reading it
Feb 21, 2015
Saqib added it
Feb 22, 2015
Carrie Smith
Carrie Smith marked it as to-read
Feb 19, 2015
Janet Stuart
Janet Stuart marked it as to-read
Feb 08, 2015
Martha marked it as to-read
Feb 06, 2015
Stephanie marked it as to-read
Feb 01, 2015
Tami marked it as to-read
Jan 31, 2015
« previous 1 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 next »
There are no discussion topics on this book yet. Be the first to start one »
  • A Visitor's Companion to Tudor England
  • The Boleyns: The Rise & Fall of a Tudor Family
  • The Children of Henry VIII
  • Love Letters of Henry VIII to Anne Boleyn
  • In the Footsteps of Anne Boleyn
  • Tudor: The Family Story
  • The Anne Boleyn Collection II
  • Elizabeth of York: The Forgotten Tudor Queen
  • Monarchy: England and Her Rulers from the Tudors to the Windsors
  • The House of Tudor
  • The Queen's Promise
  • The Rise of the Tudors: The Family That Changed English History
  • The Last White Rose: Dynasty, Rebellion And Treason   The Secret Wars Against The Tudors
  • The Final Sacrament (Clarenceux, #3)
  • Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr
  • The Creation of Anne Boleyn: A New Look at England's Most Notorious Queen
  • Inside the Wardrobe of Anne Boleyn
  • A Brief History of Henry VIII
Elizabeth Norton is a British historian specialising in the queens of England and the Tudor period. She obtained an Master of Arts in Archaeology and Anthropology from the University of Cambridge in 2003 and a masters degree in European Archaeology from the University of Oxford in 2004.

Elizabeth Norton is the author of five non-fiction works: She Wolves, The Notorious Queens of England (The Histor
More about Elizabeth Norton...
Anne Boleyn: Henry VIII's Obsession Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride Jane Seymour: Henry VIII's True Love Margaret Beaufort: Mother of the Tudor Dynasty She Wolves: The Notorious Queens of Medieval England

Share This Book