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

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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 n ...more
Hardcover, 191 pages
Published June 30th 2009 by Amberley Publishing (first published April 14th 2009)
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I have always been fascinated with Mary Boleyn. Compared to her sister Anne she may be the unknown Boleyn sister, but for me there is so much more to Mary Boleyn. For me Mary is a woman of depth and substance, a woman whom defied the common rules of the time, defied her parents and ultimately followed her heart.

Unfortunately there has not been a great deal of information recorded about Mary. What has been recorded is scant but I felt as though Josephine Wilkinson did a marvellous job of compilin
As a very basic history of the Henrican court this just about works, so long as you take the author's flights of fancy with a pinch of salt; as a history of it's title subject, Mary Bolelyn this sucks. As it's such a slim work I wasn't expecting an in depth biography, but I was expecting more that one paragraph in five to concern 'the other Bolelyn girl'. Even in the rare moments that Mary get's a mention in her own book, there is so much wild conjecture, and so little evidence as to make it rat ...more
This is a pretty short biography that is rather sparse on factual information concerning Mary and resorts to descriptions of court, pageants, and other individuals connected to Mary as filler. Wilkinson does set out her theories (and some evidence both for and against) for Mary being the older sister and the likliehood that Henry VIII was the father of her children. It's not a bad book per se, it's just rather underwhelming.
Not much information on Mary. Like several biographies related to Boleyn family this one follows suit with overshadowing Mary with Ann, I found this biography detailing Ann Boleyn rise and not Mary. However their was some interesting information about Henry’s other mistress.
I have been fascinated by Mary for a long time, I find her far more intriguing than Anne. You can't help but feel sorry for her, given how Anne and George always seemed to be favored by their father. Unfortunately this biography doesn't give any new information or insight into Mary's life; but that's not entirely unexpected, given the time period. The trouble I have with this text is the leaps the author takes with the information we do have access to. Most notably, there is no concrete evidence ...more
The slimness of this book reflects the scarcity of knowledge about Mary Boleyn, mistress to Henry VIII prior to his marriage to Anne. It feels as though the author has to imagine far more than there is evidence for, and certain sections, especially regarding her children, feel somewhat repetitive. Overall though, this is a very easy read however it is best to have a bit of knowledge of the established Tudor chronology to put this in context.
I remember when I first heard about this book, I couldn't wait for the release date, so I order the book as soon as it hit the bookstores in England. Once it arrive , I started reading it, and I finish the whole book in about 2 hours. yep, 2 hours. It's a very short and easy read. Only 200 pages double space. The whole book reads like a teen's essay . There is nothing new at all in this book about Mary Boleyn,and most of it is guess work, as in what Mary might have done, or how she might have fe ...more
Felt like I was reading an encyclopedia- way too many facts spouted out without weaving it into a storyline.
Rebecca Nelson
Very easy read and interesting in regards to the history of the time. A biography about Mary Boleyn it is not- very little is told about the title
subject, seemingly due to little surviving historical evidence regarding her. The cynic in me feels this may have been an attempt by the author to sell more books in light of the recent "the other Boleyn girl" film success...
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Jul 29, 2015 Shellie Kennedy marked it as to-read
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I can't wait to read this book. Also for those who are interested, Alison Weir (a great Tudor historian, one of the best) just published the first full biography of Mary Boleyn and I have that one my book shelf, too.
Shirley C
More of a scholarly work (commentary, not novel form). It was interesting but only with a small amount of more information than has been generally gleaned from reading the novels. It was enjoyable, but not great.
Not as much information as I was hoping for, but still a quick, interesting read.
Was a very interesting read, a little different take then what I have previously read.
Commissioned by me, sold out in two months and currently reprinting.
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 2 Feb 13, 2015 09:43AM  
  • The Mistresses of Henry VIII
  • Anne of Cleves: Henry VIII's Discarded Bride
  • Her Mother's Daughter: A Novel of Queen Mary Tudor
  • The Other Tudors: Henry VIII's Mistresses and Bastards
  • Edward VI: The Lost King of England
  • Anne Boleyn: A New Life of England's Tragic Queen
  • A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • Tudor Queens of England
  • Catherine Howard: The Queen Whose Adulteries Made a Fool of Henry VIII
  • Vengeance Is Mine: A Novel Of Anne Boleyn, Katherine Howard, And Lady Rochford  The Woman Who Helped Destroy Them Both
  • The Tudor Chronicles: 1485-1603
  • Katherine the Queen: The Remarkable Life of Katherine Parr
  • The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII
  • Anne Boleyn
  • Mistress Anne
  • Lady Jane Grey: A Tudor Mystery
  • No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard
  • The Last Days of Henry VIII: Conspiracies, Treason and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant
Dr Josepha Josephine Wilkinson received a First Class Honours degree from the University of Newcastle. She was the winner of the Third Year Prize for her work on The Little Apocalypse, which placed Mark chapter 13 into its historical context, and the Jewish Studies Prize for her historical study of the community at Qumran. She remained at Newcastle, earning an MPhil for her thesis on the historica ...more
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