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Mary Boleyn by Alison Weir
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Mar 20, 2012

it was amazing
bookshelves: biography
Read in March, 2012

The Great and Infamous Whore has been recast. The incomparable Alison Weir does it again which is impressive considering just how little about Mary survives.

I was a little nervous about this biography due to how short it was, but considering how little is known about Mary in comparison to her more illustrious sister and perhaps due to Boleyn suppression of her more notorious moments, it made more sense. As always, Weir's work is comprehensive and well worded and defended.

What I found most interesting was her defense that one of Mary's children could have very well been fathered by Henry VIII but that the daughter, Katherine Carey and perhaps even Elizabeth I who was extremely close to her, may not have known about this at all.

I would highly recommend this to any Tudor fan, Boleyn fan, or English history fan. It's a worthy addition to my growing Weir library.

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