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The Boleyn Wife

3.6  ·  Rating Details ·  1,004 Ratings  ·  94 Reviews
Originally published as Vengeance is Mine by IUniverse, this revised edition is published by Kensington.

Shy, plain Lady Jane Parker feels out of place in Henry VIII's courtly world of glamour and intrigue--until she meets the handsome George Boleyn. Overjoyed when their fathers arrange a match, her dreams of a loving union are waylaid when she meets George's sister, Anne.
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ebook, 336 pages
Published February 1st 2010 by Kensington (first published January 1st 2010)
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Johnny Hazelnut
Is a so-called "historical novel," or rather a hysterical novel, by one Emily Purdy who calls herself Brandy Purdy in the US and calls this novel "The Boleyn Wife." in the US, and "The Tudor Wife" in England. I read the version published as "The Tudor Wife," just so you know. It is the tale of Lady Jane Rochford, who was some sort of lady-in-waiting, camp follower, or suchlike in the court of King Henry VIII during that period when it was like a real life soap opera except with people getting th ...more
Ashley W
Oh...my...God...What the heck did I just read?

This is book has got to be one of the WORST historical fiction books about the Tudors that I have ever opened. If this novel was supposed to make me feel sorry for Jane Boleyn, it did not. I ended up hating her! In the beginning, she decides to hate Anne because her crush and Anne's brother, George Boleyn, pays more attention to Anne than he does to her, even when Anne genuinely tries to befriend her. Jane then goes on to stalk George everywhere he g
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Marie Z. Johansen
I have always been fascinated by the purported strong relationship that Anne Boleyn had with her brother George. Jane Parker, Lady Rochford, wife to George Boleyn, Lord Rochford has always been mentioned in the history books as an afterthought. Indeed, I don't think that there is a lot of factual information to be had about Jane Parker - women themselves, unless famous, were more or less afterthoughts in Tudor times!

I am an avid reader of both history and historical fiction - and am always enthr
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Misfit
Vengeance is Mine is a bit of a different take on the oft told tale of Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn - this time through the POV of George Boleyn's wife Jane Rochford. Although Jane loves George, he finds her distateful and prefers the company of his sister Anne, other women and men (poor Mark Smeaton), and finds her solace instead by sneaking around peeping through keyholes and hiding in cupboards to witness the salacious lives of others at court.. The latter part of the book covers the period of ...more
Rio (Lynne)
Jan 19, 2012 Rio (Lynne) rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: i-own-a-copy
1.5 Stars. Poor Anne of Cleves must be rolling in her grave! This is a bad attempt at a sexy romp through The Tudor times. I was looking forward to a fresh prospective on Jane Boleyn and hoping for a researched story on her life and why she made the cruel decisions she did. Instead the author follows Tudor cliches and the new insight she added was purely fictional and to me...ridiculous "I mean come on Anne of Cleves and Kat Howard doing the nasty? Not to mention Jane and **** hooking up." I did ...more
Colleen
Apr 25, 2010 Colleen rated it did not like it
I thought this book was awful and I'm not sure why I even kept reading it(I think I was hoping it would get better). While I understand that it is a piece of historical fiction, I'm not quite sure that this author really knows anything about Tudor history other than the very basics and dates. So much of this book deviates from what historians know about this period and the historical figures. When writing historical fiction the author can certainly take some liberties but I just feel like this a ...more
Wen
Feb 23, 2010 Wen rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I cant say I Hated the book because I Did finish it, BUT I kept plowing along hoping the book would get better and have more substance. Sadly it got more and more wild as it went on. The book spends much of its content focused on Janes peeping tom tendancies and on the sexual escapades and depravity of various characters.

I was hoping to learn more about Jane Boleyn but only got a more fictionalized, over the top, quasi-erotica expanded upon version of rumors and what little facts are really kno
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Robin
This is the story of Jane Rochford, wife to George Boleyn, sister-in-law to Anne, and one of the people that helped send the two siblings to the block. Because of her actions her name is forever connected with jealousy, vindictiveness, viciousness, and disloyalty. It covers her life from about the time she first meets and falls in love with George up to her death with Henry's fifth queen, Katherine Howard. Once she sees George she is determined to have him, despite her father's misgivings on the ...more
Michele
Okay, so this is Brandy Purdy's book that was originally self published and was recently picked up by Kensington and will be re-released under the title The Boleyn Wife towards the end of January 2010. Just to be clear, I read the older, self-published version.

And if you aren't too picky about your Tudor facts, this book is a funny romp through Henry VIII and Anne Boleyn's court, as told from the perspective of Jane Rochford, Anne's sister-in-law who later provided the testimony that sent Anne,
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Judy
Aug 11, 2010 Judy rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
read 20 pages and couldn't decide how to dispose of my copy - awrful
Nan Hawthorne
Sep 22, 2009 Nan Hawthorne rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
This is a fun book. It's unintentionally irreverent and that's what I like about it. It plays with the historical figures in a provocative and controversial way that I found refreshing. If you are a prude or an idol-worshiper skip this one. If you l ike to be entertained, tantalized and challenged, the novel is for you.

It follows the thought process, actions and disintegration of Anne Boleyn's sister-in-law Jane as she destroys Anne thorugh malice and later Henry VIII wife Catherine Howard throu
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Penny Dreadful
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Clare
Dec 17, 2011 Clare rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
If you don't know by now that Anne Boleyn was framed, you simply haven't read enough. But this book - out of the many many Tudor dynasty books out there - is told from the perspective of Lady Jane Rochford, wife to George Boleyn, Anne's beloved brother.

In the same way and for the same reason I didn't enjoy Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, reading about one person's cruelty to another is not a pleasurable experience. Lady Rochford's madness and hatred is uncomfortable often, but offered a sometime
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Piepie Beuttel
I think I enjoyed this better than The Ripper's Wife, and I would've given this one 4 stars if the main character, Lady Jane, had been a bit more likeable and relatable. I was a little bit scandalized with all the scenes that show her to be a bit of a "peeping tom," peering through keyholes at people having sex. I did not like her at all. This is definitely a racy, steamy look at Tudor times ("soap opera," as another reviewer or two have said). I don't mind that a vast majority of this book wasn ...more
Lois Clark-Johnston
it was ok, The rise and fall of Anne Boleyn told thru the eyes of her jealous angry sister-in-law. Portrays Anne as never getting over Henry Percy and not in the least interested or in love with King Henry and therefore able to keep him chasing her all those years because she truly does not want him. Interesting take on the common fable.
Tracy-Anne
Aug 12, 2013 Tracy-Anne rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Dreadful book, although the introduction of Catherine Howard's and Anne of Cleves' lesbian romp with a pot of honey does liven up proceedings a bit!
Kathleen Kelly
Oct 13, 2009 Kathleen Kelly rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: finished
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Sarah
Jun 27, 2017 Sarah rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: 2017
I've freely admitted that I haven't read the most literary of books since becoming a mother. I don't watch television and between parenting and work, I don't really have the mental power at the end of the day to concentrate on a book with depth. Historical fiction is a guilty pleasure of mine, but even for me, this book was absolutely horrible. Told from the perspective of Jane Rocheford, the ill-fated wife of George Boleyn who ultimately sent her husband and sister-in-law to the scaffold, the b ...more
Jana
May 13, 2017 Jana rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
Total waste of my time
Stacie (MagicOfBooks)
I will also do a video review here at my channel: http://www.youtube.com/magicofbooks

"The Boleyn Wife" by Brandy Purdy goes through the reign of five of Henry VIII's wives and all the palace intrigue and treachery that comes with it. It tells the story of Lady Jane Parker, wife to George Boleyn who was the brother of the infamous second wife of Henry VIII, Anne Boleyn. Jane is shy and plain, and can't match the wit and appeal of her sister-in-law, Anne. Jealous of her husband's devotion to his s
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Scorpianmuse
Goodreads asks: What do you think? Of the books I have read and reviewed, I believe this is the lowest-reviewed book I have done. Why?

I have been a 'student' of Tudor history since I was fifteen years old. For the most part, I have generally stayed away from the Historical fiction aspect of this time period, because as any student of this particular area of history can attest, it doesn't really need any help to be dramatic. But I have also come to the conclusion that historical fiction becomes
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the Lady of the Possums
Oh boy. Where do I even start with this one? Maybe by saying that Brandy Purdy is very lucky that ghosts can't sue for defamation. Look, I've read inaccurate historical fiction before. I've read stories that include weird myths as fact value. Damn, I've read book where modern girls went back in time to seduce Henry VIII! I thought I was ready for this book. I was not.

This novel is quite bizarre to me in the sense that I'm not sure if we're supposed to like characters at all. They're all horrid
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C
Feb 18, 2015 C rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I'm almost embarrassed I read this. I mean, I'm no stranger to trashy Tudor fiction -- I have read everything Philipa Gregory has had to say on the subject, for instance. I'm certainly no stranger to actual Tudor history, having been fascinated by the dynamic Henry VIII for as long as I can remember. This was, without a doubt, the worst, most lurid, and poorly-researched piece of fiction I have every read about the Tudors. I was so excited by the idea of this book -- who ever tells this story fr ...more
TheFountainPenDiva
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Elizabeth  (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord)
Oct 18, 2009 Elizabeth (Thoughts From an Evil Overlord) rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: those who enjoy the Tudors
I admit it. I am rolling along in the current amore for historical novels of the Tudors and Plantagenets. Recently, I was lucky enough to win The Boleyn Wifeby Brandy Purdy. A minor character in most of the Boleyn sagas, Lady Jane Parker is best known as the wife of George Boleyn, who was beheaded along with his sister Anne, and 4 others, for treason. Some novels include the fact that Jane was the primary witness in the case, but Ms. Purdy delves deep into her motives and behaviors, as well as t ...more
Erin
Oct 18, 2016 Erin rated it did not like it  ·  review of another edition
I couldn't stomach any of the characters, least of all our "heroine" Jane Rochford. Nevermind the voyeuristic tendencies she exhibits from day one - she embodies literally every Jealous Wife trope there is. Following her husband around to monitor his every move? Check. Vilifying any and every woman who can come between her and her husband (including her sister-in-law)? Check. Generally doing nothing to help her situation and spending most of the narrative whining for the reader's sympathy. Check ...more
Siobian
Jane Parker is definitely a "plain Jane" and seems like she would be hardly memorable. However, Jane Parker went on to marry George Boleyn, Anne Boleyn's brother, and become Lady Rochford. Jane becomes obsessed with George and wants to spend her every waking hour with him; unfortunately, her husband seems to prefer the company of Anne and his friends more than his demanding wife. As Anne gets closer to King Henry VIII, Jane becomes more and more jealous and wants Anne to fall from grace so that ...more
Dianne Salerni
Dec 15, 2009 Dianne Salerni rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In The Confessions of Piers Gaveston, Brandy Purdy took on the portrayal of one of the most maligned male characters in English history. Now, in The Boleyn Wife, she brings us a narrative of a similar vein – the confessions of Lady Rochford, the woman who helped bring Anne Boleyn and her brother to the chopping block.

Lady Jane Parker is described on the back cover as shy and plain. Personally, I felt that based on this portrayal, better words to describe her would be manipulative and avaricious.
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Kim
Apr 11, 2011 Kim rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Tudor enthusiasts
Shelves: tudor-fiction
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Monique
Took a hiatus from reading as exercise, The Sims, applying for school and just life took precedence but as I got a new hairstyle that requires long hours in the hair salon I renewed my passion with who else King Henry VIII, my favorite monarch and the ladies who loved him...This book was one of my favorite kinds of Tudor drama with a span of five of his most interesting queens and the tragedy and scandal of court life..This story is told by one of the most spiteful and silly women of the time bu ...more
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Sinopsis en Español // Synopsis in Spanish 1 1 Feb 05, 2015 07:29AM  
  • A Lady Raised High: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • Brief Gaudy Hour: A Novel of Anne Boleyn
  • Her Mother's Daughter: A Novel of Queen Mary Tudor
  • Dear Heart, How Like You This?
  • Jane Seymour: Henry VIII's True Love
  • No Will But His: A Novel of Kathryn Howard
  • The Favored Queen
  • Anne Boleyn
  • The King's Secret Matter (Tudor Saga, #4)
  • Secrets of the Tudor Court (Tudor Court #1)
  • The Queen's Rival (In the Court of Henry VIII, #3)
  • The Virgin's Daughters: In the Court of Elizabeth I
  • Young Bess (Elizabeth Trilogy, #1)
  • At the Mercy of the Queen
  • Mary Boleyn: The True Story of Henry VIII's Mistress
  • Divorced, Beheaded, Survived: A Feminist Reinterpretation of the Wives of Henry VIII
  • The Rise and Fall of Anne Boleyn: Family Politics at the Court of Henry VIII
  • The Mistresses of Henry VIII

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