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George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier & Diplomat [Kindle Edition]

Claire Ridgway , Clare Cherry
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)

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George Boleyn has gone down in history as being the brother of the ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, and for being executed for treason, after being found guilty of incest and of conspiring to kill the King.

This biography allows George to step out of the shadows and brings him to life as a court poet, royal favourite, keen sportsman, talented diplomat and loyal brother. Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway chart his life from his spectacular rise in the 1520s to his dramatic fall and tragic end in 1536.

George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat is divided into three sections – Beginnings, Career and Influence, and End of an Era – and topics include:

- George Boleyn’s poetry
- Personal attributes and social pursuits
- Religion
- George’s marriage to Jane Parker
- The Reformation Parliament and the League of Schmalkalden
- George the Diplomat
- The fall of the Boleyns, arrests and trials
- The aftermath of their fall
- George Boleyn, Dean of Lichfield, and the Clonony Castle Boleyns

The biography is fully referenced and includes chapter notes, bibliography and useful appendices.

About the Author

CLAIRE CHERRY Clare Cherry lives in Hampshire with her partner David. She works as a solicitor in Dorset, but has a passion for Tudor history and began researching the life of George Boleyn in 2006. She started corresponding with Claire Ridgway in late 2009, after meeting through The Anne Boleyn Files website, and the two Tudor enthusiasts became firm friends. Clare divides her time between the legal profession and researching Tudor history. Clare has written guest articles on George Boleyn for The Anne Boleyn Files,, and author Susan Bordo’s The Creation of Anne Boleyn website. CLAIRE RIDGWAY Claire Ridgway is the author of the best-selling books ON THIS DAY IN TUDOR HISTORY, THE FALL OF ANNE BOLEYN: A COUNTDOWN, THE ANNE BOLEYN COLLECTION, and THE ANNE BOLEYN COLLECTION II, as well as INTERVIEWS WITH INDIE AUTHORS: TOP TIPS FROM SUCCESSFUL SELF-PUBLISHED AUTHORS. Claire was also involved in the English translation and editing of Edmond Bapst’s 19th century French biography of George Boleyn and Henry Howard, now available as TWO GENTLEMAN POETS AT THE COURT OF HENRY VIII. Claire worked in education and freelance writing before creating The Anne Boleyn Files history website and becoming a full-time history researcher, blogger and author. The Anne Boleyn Files is known for its historical accuracy and Claire’s mission to get to the truth behind Anne Boleyn’s story. Her writing is easy-to-read and conversational, and readers often comment on how reading Claire’s books is like having a coffee with her and chatting about history.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 5349 KB
  • Print Length: 388 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 8493746452
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: MadeGlobal Publishing (25 April 2014)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (28 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #90,099 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A great read that sort the fact from the fiction! 21 Nov. 2014
If you are interested in the Boleyn Family, you should definitely read this book that charts the rise and fall of Anne’s brother, George Boleyn.
In dramas and historical fiction, the George Boleyn we see is usually portrayed as a murderer, a rapist, behaving absolutely awful to his wife Jane Boleyn Lady Rochford and/or had possibly slept with his own sister. George is also often portrayed as gay, another common idea which is not based on any historical evidence. However, the book helps to find out who the real George was. In terms of the negative portrayals of George, in real life, he certainly wasn’t a Saint – he was a creature of his environment – but he had a very successful career at court and was good at poetry, things that often get overlooked and I thought it was fantastic how the book focussed on these areas more.
By focussing on George’s life, this also in some ways helped to show the real story behind his wife Jane Boleyn, another character whose portrayal in drama and historical fiction is often based on possible myths, as it focusses on the common notions surrounding their marriage. There is a very interesting section that looks at the possibility of George having descendants, an area still open to debate, but not totally impossible.
A great read that sorts the facts from the fiction!
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3.0 out of 5 stars George Boleyn 2 Jun. 2014
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I found this book informative but in my opinion it went on to long and kept repeating itself but it did give you a good insight into how ruthless Henry the eight and the Tudor court was,
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars George Boleyn 11 Aug. 2014
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Plenty of dates and places but not much story to it I did not enjoy the reading of the book.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Intriguing and interesting insight into George Boleyn who was obviously a very talented, diligent, and ambitious young man. Talented way ahead of his years but unfortunately caught up in the web of religious politics at the time, which led to his early and awful death.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars GEORGE BOLEYN COMES IN FROM THE COLD 18 July 2014
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This well written book brings together many things that have previously remained obscure about the brother of Anne Boleyn - and I particularly liked the illustrations of his signature, letter and cypher. His handwriting was bold and beautiful, with the tell tale sweep of an artistic nature. I agree with the authors that his portraits were almost certainly destroyed - it seems to me highly unlikely that the brother of the Queen, and an important courtier and diplomat in his own right, would not have been at least sketched by the likes of Holbein, and it is probable that his poetry met with the same fate..
Another reviewer has criticised the authors for a biased picture of George Boleyn, and feels that their picture of Henry VIII 'bluff king Hal, beloved of his subjects,' is a testament to their loathing of the man - but I must disagree. The Henry Tudor who destroyed the woman he had once been obsessed by, together with men - George Boleyn and Henry Norris - who had been his closest companions - was a cruel and ruthless tyrant, not the merry Hal of his distant youth. Of course, this is too simplistic a view, and we, in the 21st century, cannot ever hope to think with the mindset of a 16th century man or woman. But this was a ground-breaking book, bringing into our orbit the scant information about a charismatic and fascinating personality, that has until now remained buried in a variety of obscure places. After reading it, I can say that George Boleyn is a man I would like to have known.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Forgotten son 21 May 2014
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Very good book - great insight into someone usually forgotten in the Boleyn family. A must read for history fans
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Nothing new here! 3 Sept. 2014
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Sadly as the writer even explains and too many times uses as an excuse, there simply isn't enough information about George Boleyn to warrant a full, detailed biography for us to learn anything new or expansive about him. Most of the surrounding information has been well recorded in other books about the Boleyns', so maybe all this book has done is extract the few proven facts about George Boleyn and set them against the times he lived in.
There is too much conjecture and excuses and, at times, something of a whitewash about him.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars George Boleyn 26 May 2014
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A great book. Very interesting. I have already recommended it to family members. For anyone interested in Tudor history this book is a must.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Lacklustre
As has been noted by another reviewer, there is nothing new here.

The book is rather crass and sloppy and one gets the impression that it is just a cobbled together... Read more
Published 1 month ago by Kokino
5.0 out of 5 stars Gripping and scholarly
An excellent, detailed account of the life of George Boleyn. Anyone interested in the life of the Tudor court under Henry VIII would find this fascinating. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Mrs Jessica Butterworth
5.0 out of 5 stars George Boleyn
I enjoyed this book immensely. It has changed my view of George with far more facts about his life than I have come across before. I really good read.
Published 2 months ago by Kathryn
5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant
Such a brilliant book to someone who loves Anne and George Boleyn. It raised many points I have never thought about before. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Koppie
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great read
Published 3 months ago by gary
5.0 out of 5 stars George Boleyn tudor poet, courtier and diplomat
Not many books about George Boleyn, and his character is usually portrayed as a rich courtier with very little intelligence. This apparently is not true. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Pat G
5.0 out of 5 stars This is an excellent study of the life of George Boleyn
This is an excellent study of the life of George Boleyn, intricately researched and well written. Highly recommended for those with an interest in this period of Tudor history or... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Nicholas Jones
5.0 out of 5 stars A real treat
Passion and scholarly probing saturate this book; the authors' excitement and fascination with their subject is underpinned by years of research into the compelling story of his... Read more
Published 5 months ago by G. Russell
5.0 out of 5 stars Anne Boleyn's brother George.
George, Anne's brother and co-conspirator has been overlooked by previous historians. This gives a bit more insight into his life and motivations which ended on the block.
Published 6 months ago by cosmicelk
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