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Mary Boleyn
by Alison Weir
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PublisherBallantine Books
Release Date2011-10-04 (added to CC 12 Mar 2012)
Amazon Sales Rank10,065
Sister to Queen Anne Boleyn, she was seduced by two kings and was an intimate player in one of historyís most gripping dramas. Yet much of what we know about Mary Boleyn has been fostered through garbled gossip, romantic fiction, and the misconceptions repeated by historians. Now, in her latest book, New York Times bestselling author and noted British historian Alison Weir gives us the first ever full-scale, in-depth biography of Henry VIIIís famous mistress, in which Weir explodes much of the mythology that surrounds Mary Boleyn and uncovers the truth about one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age.†

With the same brand of extensive forensic research she brought to her acclaimed book The Lady in the Tower, Weir facilitates here a new portrayal of her subjects, revealing how Mary was treated by her ambitious family and the likely nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. She also posits new evidence regarding the reputation of Maryís mother, Elizabeth Howard, who was rumored to have been an early mistress of Henry VIII.

Weir unravels the truth about Maryís much-vaunted notoriety at the French court and her relations with King FranÁois I. She offers plausible theories as to what happened to Mary during the undocumented years of her life, and shows that, far from marrying an insignificant and complacent nonentity, she made a brilliant match with a young man who was the Kingís cousin and a rising star at court.

Weir also explores Maryís own position and role at the English court, and how she became Henry VIIIís mistress. She tracks the probable course of their affair and investigates Maryís real reputation. With new and compelling evidence, Weir presents the most conclusive answer to date on the paternity of Maryís children, long speculated to have been Henry VIIIís progeny.

Alison Weir has drawn fascinating information from the original sources of the period to piece together a life steeped in mystery and misfortune, debunk...

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