Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore

Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore By Alison Weir, Mary Boleyn The Great and Infamous Whore Mary Boleyn c was no less fascinating than her ill fated queen consort sister Anne In fact her own claims to fame are numerous She was not only an influential member of King Henry VIII s co
  • Title: Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore
  • Author: Alison Weir
  • ISBN: 9780224093903
  • Page: 298
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  • Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore By Alison Weir, Mary Boleyn c.1500 1543 was no less fascinating than her ill fated queen consort sister Anne In fact, her own claims to fame are numerous She was not only an influential member of King Henry VIII s court circle she was one of his mistresses and perhaps the mother of two of his children In addition, the apparently prolific Mary was rud to have been also a mistressMary Boleyn c.1500 1543 was no less fascinating than her ill fated queen consort sister Anne In fact, her own claims to fame are numerous She was not only an influential member of King Henry VIII s court circle she was one of his mistresses and perhaps the mother of two of his children In addition, the apparently prolific Mary was rud to have been also a mistress of the King s rival, Francis I of France Alison Weir s Mary Boleyn substantially redeems her subject s reputation by disputing her scandalous portrayal in Philippa Gregory s novel The Other Boleyn Girl Our most detailed view yet of a power behind the throne P.S With titles like Elizabeth and The Lady in the Tower, Weir has carved out a niche as one of the foremost biographers of British royalty.
    Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore By Alison Weir, Biography of Mary Boleyn, the Boleyn Survivor Nov , Mary Boleyn ca July , was a courtier and noblewoman at the court of Henry VIII of England She was one of the king s earlier mistresses before being supplanted by her sister Anne and marrying a soldier with little income. Mary Boleyn The Mistress of Kings Weir, Alison In this detailed biography of Mary Boleyn, the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn, Ms Weir leaves no stone unturned She talks of Mary s genealogy and lifestyle She discusses Mary s relationship with her infamous younger sister, Anne, and of the affairs she had with the French King Francois I and the English Henry VIII. Mary Boleyn The True Story Of King Henry VIII s Other Mar , Mary Boleyn was the eldest of the three Boleyn children, likely born sometime between and She was raised at Hever Castle, the Boleyn family home in Kent, and educated in both feminine subjects such as dancing, embroidery , and singing, and masculine subjects such as archery, falconry, and hunting. Mary Boleyn The Tudors Wiki Fandom Mary Boleyn Biography, Portrait, Facts Information Mary Boleyn Biography, Portrait, Facts Information Mary Boleyn was the sister of King Henry VIII s second wife, the infamous Anne Boleyn But she was also the king s mistress before her sister s ascendancy She may also have given birth to his son Information about the life of Mary Boleyn Illicit Facts About Mary Boleyn, The Other Boleyn Girl Mary Boleyn and Queen Elizabeth II The Anne Boleyn Files Queen Elizabeth II is descended from Mary Boleyn, sister of Anne Boleyn I thought you might be interested in how Queen Elizabeth II is descended from Mary Boleyn, so here is the line of descent and I hope you find it interesting Mary Boleyn d m William Carey Catherine Carey c. m Sir Francis Knollys Mary Boleyn s Carey Children Offspring of King Henry VIII Catherine Carey, Mary Boleyn Carey s daughter, was born in about , not as has been thought in about Henry Carey was called the Kynge s son in a contemporary source Evidence of the non sexual marriage of William and Mary Boleyn Carey.
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    1. Alison Weir

      Librarian Note There is than one author in the GoodReads database with this name.Alison Weir born 1951 is a British writer of history books for the general public, mostly in the form of biographies about British kings and queens She currently lives in Surrey, England, with her two children.Before becoming an author, Weir worked as a teacher of children with special needs She received her formal training in history at teacher training college.

    975 thoughts on “Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore”

    1. I think the real problem with biographies of lesser known women in history, is that there just isn t enough known information out there about them to make their biographies interesting Women s lives just weren t recorded in any detail so there is often no paper trail to follow and we just don t know what they thought or even where they were at any given time, so a biography like this one comes pretty much down to speculation from very little hard evidence or the author has to admit that we just [...]


    2. Correct me if I m wrong, but biographies normally focus mostly on their subject, no The vast majority of the pages in the book are given to whoever the author has chosen to write about The biographee is supposed to emerge as a real person and not only a story by the end, and we are supposed to come away knowing a lot about him herher.If those are the standards for biographies, I d say this book kind of fails I ve read Philippa Gregory s The Other Boleyn Girl but didn t enjoy it much , and I didn [...]


    3. Rating Clarification 2.5 StarsI ve enjoyed reading Alison Weir s non fiction books for a long time, but sadly have to say that I think she did her fans a disservice with the publication of this book.There is just too little known about the life of Mary Boleyn, and although I m confident Weir did her best with the mountains of reference material culled by and available to her, this book suffered from far too much conjecture, speculation, and educated guesses In the end, all Weir and we as readers [...]


    4. too too too much facts and names and no narrative I do not need to read 10 pages about what year Mary might have been born


    5. Anne Boleyn this, Anne Boleyn that Everyone always focuses on Anne What about her sister, Mary Alison Weir s latest historical effort, contrives to bring some attention to Mary Boleyn.The book begins with a slow start, as the first chapter focuses on whether Mary or Anne was the eldest sister Unless you consider this crucial information you just can t live without or if you have already made up your mind on the statistic then this chapter isn t vital to the whole of the book and you can skip it, [...]


    6. Before you read this book, you need to decide whether you want a romanticized but historically inaccurate interpretation of what Mary Boleyn might have been like, or a serious historical biography that debunks myths and gives just the facts, ma am If you are interested in the latter, then and only then should you dive into this book I have been reading a lot about the Tudors and was perfectly happy to take a historically based, no myths allowed look at what we know about Mary Boleyn, Anne s sist [...]


    7. Very informative, if you are interested in Tudor England Well written and researched as all of her books are She presents convincing arguments as to the misconceptions that have persisted over the centuries about the Other Boleyn Girl.


    8. It doesn t grab you by the throat and shake you the way her Lady in the Tower does, but it is very, very thoughtful, leaving the reader pondering possible new angles of the Tudor court and Mary Boleyn.Also, I have never seen so many question marks in a book ever , which probably makes this the most honest history book ever.EDIT Just bought a copy Review of second time round thoughts to come EDIT For a long time, the British Historians Bathroom had graffiti scrawled on the stalls reading For a go [...]


    9. Anne Boleyn and Henry VIII had a love affair that catalyzed a political and religious revolution in England But years before they married, Henry had an affair no one knows for how long, or how serious with Anne s sister Mary After writing numerous books about Henry VIII and his wives, Weir has set out to delve into the history of Mary Boleyn.The problem is, there isn t much history to delve into We have two letters by her, and some information about her travels during young adulthood But we don [...]


    10. Since Philippa Gregory published the populist fictional novel The Other Boleyn Girl in 2002, the book has been turned into a BBC television series and a Hollywood movie, but as interest in Tudor England has experienced an upturn so too has the fog of myth and misconception surrounding the history The blurb of this latest historical non fiction claims to explode the mythology surrounding Mary Boleyn and uncover the facts , and I must admit I was curious to see what conclusions Weir s research had [...]


    11. Well, then.My life is a lie as is everything I thought I knew about Mary Boleyn Turns out Jean Plaidy s thoughtful portrait of her as this sweet, vague bed hopper is just not on unfortunately, nor is Plaidy s portrayal of Anne as a clever, intuitive person seeking to avoid sexual promiscuity because of what happened to her sister Shame, because that was my favorite portrayal so far.But helasAnne s a bitch On the plus side, however, Mary s not a whore Much And she actually had a really adorable m [...]


    12. Obscured by the Henry and Anne Boleyn epic love saga, the story of Mary Boleyn has been lost to us,much of historical works relegating her to an insignificant character, popular as Henry s discarded mistress,in her family s sudden rise to fame and the cataclysmic fall that soon followed Although this can be due to the fact that much of Mary s story is left incomplete in contemporary Tudor archives and only a few of her letters survive, it can be hard to identify, through the prejudiced voices of [...]


    13. I read this book because I was asked by the publisher to copyedit it which I do freelance, for several publishers More precisely, in this case, to unanglicize the English version of Mary Boleyn for the American edition Though while editing I m involved in the text than the average reader albeit less than usual on his assignment, which had been edited before and thus called for no styling from me I do actually read the books I edit I m asked about this often And as a reader, my guess is that man [...]


    14. This is quality I ve come to expect from Alison Weir s royal biographies Little is known about Mary, and there s much conjecture than fact, but Weir was able to put together a detailed and reliable account of her life and the tiny part she played in Tudor history I was surprised to see Weir listed Ethelreda Malt among Henry VIII s bastards, but whatever A not to miss for Tudor junkies.


    15. A fairly good look at the life of Mary Boleyn, with some attempt at accuracy Weir sifts through what is actually known about Mary Boleyn, and works hard to dispell most of the wild stories On the other hand, there is so very little that is confirmed fact, that there s a lot of repetition and padding in this Depending on how much you actually know about the time and history of the Tudors, you might or not like this book I found it to be fairly readable, but the best part was actually in the afte [...]


    16. I didn t think I had much interest in this book After being bored to death, by another book I was reading last night, I scanned the kindle looking for something else and this popped up I decided to download a free chapter, next thing I knew I wanted to read the whole thing I pretty much wanted to see if my beliefs about Mary coincided with Alison Weir ster all the false information out there about The Boleynsank you Ms Gregory The author s findings and theories paralleled to mine For a bio on Ma [...]


    17. My problem with this book is that Weir s summation of Mary Bolelyn s life is based on speculation While Weir provides some interesting tidbits regarding Henry s affair with Mary s sister, Anne, she seemed to get bogged down with inconclusive research I didn t need to read ten pages about the year Mary may have been born In Weir s defense, Mary is merely a footnote in history, with little hard core evidence pertaining to her life In this respect, I think Weir would have been wiser to write a hist [...]


    18. 5 starsThis book shows the exceptional scholarship of Alison Weir Her research is both exhaustive and concise In this detailed biography of Mary Boleyn, the eldest daughter of Sir Thomas Boleyn, Ms Weir leaves no stone unturned She talks of Mary s genealogy and lifestyle She discusses Mary s relationship with her infamous younger sister, Anne, and of the affairs she had with the French King Francois I and the English Henry VIII She refutes certain writers, such as those with a particular axe to [...]


    19. An underwhelming read from one of my favorite historical nonfiction authors I give Alison Weir props for trying to get the facts straight about Mary Boleyn s life, especially in light of the rampant myths spread by certain works of poorly written fiction cough The Other Boleyn Girl cough People will probably be drawn to this nonfiction book based on that alone I know I was Unfortunately, there s just not much here and I can now understand why Mary Boleyn has been such an appealing target for wor [...]


    20. It was a little too dry for my taste There were too many facts thrown at you so it was hard to wade through some of it with all the names and dates However, if you are at all interested in that period of history it is worth the read I definitely learned a great deal about Mary and how things were done then.


    21. Like all Weir biographies this delivered and , for me.The historically sneered at loose sister of Anne Boleyn, wife of Henry VIII s favourite Gentleman of the Privy chamber, was the daughter of an Earl envoy and Countess Lady in Waiting to both Queen Elizabeth of York and Catherine of Aragon.A queen s Maid of Honour, Mary was also the esteemed aunt of Elizabeth I And the dearly beloved mother of two top ranking courtiers her daughter Lady Knollys became chief Lady of Elizabeth s Bedchamber, her [...]


    22. I had been greatly looking forward to reading this book from the first moment that I heard Alison Weir was writing a book on Mary Boleyn Mary has always fascinated me, I think she is an extraordinary woman and it seems as though there is so little known about her life I was eager to start reading Weir s book in the hopes that I would learn a little about the mystery that is Mary Boleyn.Weir states that there is very little evidence at all to suggest that Mary was a great and infamous whore In f [...]


    23. Did I need to read yet another Tudor biography Apparently I think I have all of Alison Weir s books or damn near all of them She always does a fine job of marshaling together the facts, and if she doesn t have the humor of Antonia Fraser or the truly biting delicious wit of David Starkey, then she makes up for it in a solid presentation that doesn t leave too many questions This is largely a book not so much about Mary Boleyn because it becomes glaringly obvious very early on that you can t writ [...]


    24. I recommend this book if you like biographies and straight history The author s mechanics of good writing were excellent, but there was no feeling in the read It is hard step into the book and make readers anxious to turn the next page To her credit, the book was very readable Thank you, Ms Were, for a good read.


    25. This my first venture into anything about the Tudors I had a difficult time reading it and will tell you why I think that the aim of this book is to set the record straight on Mary Boleyn The author, Alison Weir is an extremely meticulous researcher This is evidenced by the text of the book, bibliography and Notes and References She, states that she researched the original sources as much as possible.Each fact about her family and Mary, herself was gone through with a fine tooth comb Because I w [...]


    26. Disclosure I received this as an Advance Uncorrected Proof via Firstreads Giveaway I have to admit I had my reservations about this book when I started, it seemed to drag on and on about dates of ancestral homes and titles I know that those are important for context later but they were given so woodenly it felt like a chore to wade through and assimilate that information The 8 or 9 pages given to the discourse of who was the elder daughter, Mary or Anne was in my opinion too much Understandably [...]


    27. I have done quite a bit of research on the Tudors and that whole era so this topic was not new to me I have read many books by Alison Weir and others on the Tudors and the Boleyns Because I had a decent background into this time period and Mary Boleyn, this book was a little easier for me to understand and digest than newer readers Alison Weird is a meticulous researcher and that shows in her writing style and the extensive bibliography and notes section Alison Weir rightfully argues that this b [...]


    28. The book is fine, however it s still based on nothing There s too little known about Mary, and the main theme of this biography is, everything you thought you knew about her may be corrupted, may be not true, indeed it generally is not Because it s a bunch of assumption, theories, even blatant fantasy She was blonde to someone, brunette to others, and then she had a terrible reputation, she was jealous of her sister, she bore children to the king, she was here or there None of this is documented [...]


    29. Mary Boleyn s story is full of drama, twists of fate and changes in fortune She was probably the mistress of both Francis I of France and Henry VIII, who was her sister Anne s future husband, but based on an exhaustive study of the historical record Allison Weir believes Mary may have had very little choice in the matter both times She was married off to William Carey, a marriage that was arranged by her family and approved by the king, and there is some indication that her daughter with William [...]


    30. Weir s comprehensive portrait of Mary Boleyn effectively dismisses recent misconceptions made about her in books like The Other Boleyn Girl She was not just the notorious whore sister of Anne Boleyn, jumping into bed with kings, as Weir s meticulous research proves Mary s prominent place in court was due to her father s ambition, first as an attendant to Mary Tudor in France, then in the extravagant courts of Francois I and Henry VIII Yes, she was the mistress to two kings, but she also fulfille [...]


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