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  • Published: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446484357
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464
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Mary Boleyn

'The Great and Infamous Whore'




The first full-scale biography of Mary Boleyn, one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age.

Mary Boleyn is remembered by posterity as a ‘great and infamous whore’.

She was the mistress of two kings, Francois I of France and Henry VIII of England, and sister to Anne Boleyn, Henry VIII’s second wife. She may secretly have borne Henry a child and it was because of his adultery with Mary that his marriage to Anne was annulled.

It is not hard to see how this tangled web of relationships has given rise to rumours and misconceptions that have been embroidered over the centuries.

n this, the first full-scale biography of Mary Boleyn, Alison Weir explodes much of the mythology that surrounds her subject and uncovers the facts about one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age.

Her extensive, forensic research has facilitated a new and detailed portrayal, in which she recounts that, contrary to popular belief, Mary was entirely undeserving of her posthumous notoriety as a great whore or the ‘hackney’ whom the King of France famously boasted of riding.

Weir also presents compelling new evidence that almost conclusively determines the paternity of Mary’s two oldest children.

In this astonishing and riveting book, Alison Weir shows that Mary’s story had a happy ending and that she was by far the luckiest of the Boleyns.

  • Pub date: 1 August 2011
  • ISBN: 9781446484357
  • Imprint: Vintage Digital
  • Format: EBook
  • Pages: 464

About the Author

Alison Weir

Alison Weir is one of Britain’s top-selling historians. She is the author of numerous works of history and historical fiction, specialising in the medieval and Tudor periods. Her bestselling history books include The Six Wives of Henry VIII, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Elizabeth of York and, most recently, The Lost Tudor Princess. Her novels include Innocent Traitor, Katherine of Aragon: The True Queen and Anne Boleyn: A King's Obsession. She is an Honorary Life Patron of Historic Royal Palaces. She is married with two adult children and lives and works in Surrey.

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