"Excellent". -- The Lady, June 12, 2007
"Really masterly. This authoritative history tells what
eventually happened to 'The Other Boleyn Girl' - and her great-granddauter,
The Lady Penelope." -- Philippa Gregory, June 20, 2007
"Sally Varlow vividly tells the story of her life, her famous
admirers, the Court intrigues, and the momentous events of the time in a
-- Leicester Mercury, June 19, 2007
"Shines a new light on this unusual woman, and the drama of
her story can hardly fail to grip". -- Western Daily Press, June 2, 2007
"Varlow returns the lady to her place in the spotlight". --Wales on Sunday, June 3, 2007
From the Author
400 years after Penelope died it is time to challenge the
usual historians' view that she was merely a footnote to famous men's
They have cast her as simply a glittering Court figure who
flaunted her beauty in brazen love affairs; most famously with the great
soldier-poet, Sir Philip Sidney, who made her the heroine,"Stella",
of his 100+ love sonnets, "Astrophil and Stella".
political significance did she hold with her brother, Essex, and the Queen?
Why did Essex name her as a major player in the coup that cost him his
head? And how did she walk free? What was she doing having secret meetings
with the most hunted Jesuit priest in England? What lay behind the special
affection and tolerance Queen Elizabeth always showed her? Most important
of all, if "The Other Boleyn Girl" - Mary Boleyn - was her
great-grandmother, was King Henry VIII her great-grandfather?
just some of the intriguing questions that led me to re-tell the life of
"The Lady Penelope".
--This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.