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Claire Ridgway , Clare Cherry
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Book Description

25 April 2014

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.

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Product details

  • Paperback: 388 pages
  • Publisher: MadeGlobal Publishing (25 April 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 8493746452
  • ISBN-13: 978-8493746452
  • Product Dimensions: 2.2 x 13.8 x 21.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 28,629 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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1 of 1 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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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Loved this book 9 May 2014
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I really enjoyed reading this book (sent to me indraft by Claire) I like the way she portrayed Jane Boleyn (lady Rochford) I always thought she was made out to ebe worse than she actually was. An enjoyable book about one of my favourite Tudor characters George Boleyn. I would highly recommend it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars insight of Tudor times 17 Jun 2014
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An extremely well written account of the perils of Henry VIII's Court life and death. I personally had never believed the 'incest' reason for
Anne and George Boleyn's execution and this book assured me I was right. I have thoroughly enjoyed reading it and gained a lot of
knowledge hitherto unknown about the Courtiers and Henry. I have read numerous books on the Queens but never gained this much
information on George Boleyn. Thank you Claire and Clare.
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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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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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5.0 out of 5 stars Lovely book. 17 July 2014
By Eliza
I really enjoyed the book, as it gave me an insight to George's character and to the Tudor court as well. I believe that the athors have gathered and present here all the available information about George, who was a charismatic man. I empathized with him reading about his fall and his strength durinh his final days.

The writing style is flowing and I appreciated that, because English is not my mother tongue. It was easy to read, without being too simple.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A Bit Thin and a lot of supposition 7 Jun 2014
By Noura
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I admire the effort that has been made to sweep into this book every possible piece of the scant information there is about George Boleyn but for me it seemed very biased and with a lot of assumptions in his favour and in favour of his infamous/famous sister. It is easy to judge those times from the perspective of our own and be appalled at what happened to the victims of state execution but I did feel that Henry VIII's character was almost like a caricature - the author clearly loathes him and favours Anne Boleyn whereas I have always felt that for a man of his intellect and energy and position he put up with quite a lot with Anne before his patience broke. Also none of the nicer side of his nature is shown at all - his warmth and kindness which made him Bluff King Hal and beloved by many of his subjects. So I felt there was an imbalance in the book which slanted too favourably and eagerly in favour of Anne and George Boleyn. I know for some people the life and death of this unfortunate queen are almost an obsession and the author has made every effort to list sources and so on which is excellent. Well done for a difficult subject but for me there were many conclusions I did not really agree about.
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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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