The Mistress of Kings
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New York Times bestselling author and noted British historian Alison Weir gives us the first full-scale, in-depth biography of Mary Boleyn, sister to Queen Anne as well as mistress to Anne’s husband, Henry VIII—and one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age. Making use of extensive original research, Weir shares revelations on the ambitious Boleyn family and the likely nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters. Unraveling the truth about Mary’s much-vaunted notoriety at the French court and her relations with King François I, Weir also explores Mary’s role at the English court and how she became Henry VIII’s lover. She tracks the probable course of their affair and investigates the truth behind Mary’s notorious reputation. With new and compelling evidence, Weir presents the most conclusive answer to date on the paternity of Mary’s children, long speculated to have been Henry VIII’s progeny. Alison Weir pieces together a life steeped in mystery and misfortune, debunking centuries-old myths to give us the truth about Mary Boleyn, the so-called “great and infamous whore.”
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Publishers Weekly Review
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I have read many of Alison Weir's books, and have enjoyed them. Here, however, she seems intent on defending "her" territory. The result is tedious detail and criticism of other authors. Her facts may be accurate, but for me she has lost her narrative thread.
I've decided that the author is more interested in proving other researchers wrong. So far this reads like a doctoral dissertation rather than a biography. In 6 chapters more is written about her father than the supposed subject of the book, Mary.