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George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier & Diplomat by [Ridgway, Claire, Cherry, Clare]
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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, Nerdalicious.com.au, 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
  • ASIN: B00JYFZVX8
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars 33 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #198,015 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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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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This is a very interesting book based on fact rather than fiction. It's topic one of the little written about, main players in Henry's reign. I knew little of him and his part before reading this book. I know him better now. A good read that I would recommend.
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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. He was an intelligent and dedicated man and a talented poet, albeit a foil for his better known sister!
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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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Plenty of dates and places but not much story to it I did not enjoy the reading of the book.
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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 who simply want to know more about the Boleyns and their fate.
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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 life and the awful trajectory of his demise. Having made a career by inviting people to experience her ongoing research and education into the Tudor court with her, Claire Ridgway uses the same tactic in this book. There's a touch of Antal Szerb here, the great Hungarian-Jewish historian, who began his 1942 study on the court of Marie-Antoinette by informing the reader that "if he absolutely insists that a writer should address him in the scholarly manner, from on high, in ex cathedra tones, then he should simply toss this book on the floor. My way is to speak as one human being to another, looking to fine kindred spirits and good company." Ridgway and Cherry adopt this tactic in George Boleyn and it's very successful. If a reader finds a conversational tone grating or jarring, then this book mightn't be for them, but for many it's likely to prove a refreshing and enjoyable change.

The lack of any surviving portraits of Boleyn or much in the way of letters and, crucially given the book's subtitle, his poetry, makes it difficult to flesh him out in too much detail, but both writers work with what has remained to paint a relatively convincing portrait of a headstrong but pious courtier with a passion for living and a solid mind. If George doesn't quite pop out as being as much fun as some might imagine him, it's a relief to see why he was nothing like the horror imagined in later fictional adaptations like Bring Up the Bodies or The Other Boleyn Girl.
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