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Jane Boleyn by Julia Fox
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Jan 28, 11

Read in January, 2011

An unfortunate disappointment. This would make a great historical novel, but it's trying to be a Srs Biography, and there is not enough material to work with - the sources about Jane herself just aren't there, so to stretch this to book-length, the author has inserted far too much supposition and speculation. This quote from the middle of the book kind of sums it up: "Nothing remains extant about her feelings at this time. For contemporary reporters... she was a bit player, hidden in the chorus as she had been so frequently over the years, someone who was always present but who was not the star." (p. 186) I skimmed looking for good stuff; the epilogue - about Jane's post-mortem reputation in the hands of various historians - was actually quite interesting.
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