Jane Boleyn

Jane Boleyn

The True Story Of The Infamous Lady Rochford

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A fascinating debut biography of Jane Boleyn, the lady-in-waiting who witnessed and survived Henry VIII's perilous reign, until she too became a victim. In a life of extraordinary drama, Jane Boleyn was catapulted from the obscurity of the English countryside to the forefront of Henry VIII's spectacular court, as lady-in-waiting to not just one, but five of Henry's wives. Always at the centre of court life and intrigue, Jane attended the parties, the masque balls, and the jousts, and participated in the royal births, the weddings, the funerals, and the personal drama that swirled around the king, his wives, and their courtiers. As Henry's wives rose and then fell, taking so many down with them, Jane stayed on. Her story gives readers an amazing, ongoing view of the personal toll that Henry's long and ruthlessly violent reign took on the people closest to him, and positions her as a survivor -- that is, until she herself became the subject of the king's rage. History has not always been kind to the Infamous Lady Rochford, but in this fascinating biography, Julia Fox goes back to the original documents to rehabilitate Jane as a modern woman forced by brutal circumstances to fend for herself in a privileged but vicious world.
Publisher: Toronto : McClelland & Stewart, c2008.
ISBN: 9780771047763
0771047762
Characteristics: xviii, 376 p., [16] p. of plates : col. ill. ; 24 cm.

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steph_peregrine
Jun 22, 2012

I wasn't sure at first if this was a novel or nonfiction; it's written in a very narrative voice from Jane's point of view. Lots of "Jane must have felt this way" and "Perhaps Jane thought that...," which feels pretty speculative and unsubstantiated. If you've read any other recent books about Jane Boleyn, this one doesn't really have anything new to say, but if you're itching for a Tudor fix, it's not bad.

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KarenW
Aug 18, 2008

From what history has told us, Jane Boleyn was the tattle tale that sent her husband and sister-in-law, the queen, to their deaths. Supposedly she rejoiced at their demise! And she supported the incest charges against her husband. But the true story is something completely different! This fascinating read is so well documented that I now believe that Jane Boleyn was done a great injustice for the last 450 years.

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budster
Aug 04, 2008

If you enjoy Phillippa Gregory books - the Othery Boleyn springs to mind, you will be entertained by this non fiction account of Jane Boleyn. I've read many books about the life and times of Henry VIII and his wives and so found this account of someone within the inner circle but not one of the main characters, an interesting read. I found myself forgetting this was a non-fiction book at many points meaning it doesn't read like a dull history tome.

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