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Mary Boleyn: 'The Great and Infamous Whore' Paperback – 20 Sep 2012
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"A comprehensive exploration of the myth surrounding her subject" (Sunday Times)
"Gripping" (Independent on Sunday)
"Alison Weir is one of our best popular historians and one, moreover, with an impressive scholarly pedigree in Tudor history" (Frank McLynn Independent)
"Weir is particularly good at piecing together historical mysteries, and this penetrating portrait of a much-misunderstood woman set against the riveting background of the Tudor court is a real eye opener" (Good Book Guide)
"Weir states correctly that this book is as much a historiography as it is a biography" (Sara Read Times Higher Education)
The first full-scale biography of Mary Boleyn, one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor period, by the UK's bestselling female historian, Alison Weir.See all Product description
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While I know what they mean I do not share the disappointment. Since the book "The Other Boleyn Girl" a certain imagine of Mary Boleyn has emerged and that is far from the truth. Philippa Greogry's amazing book is a piece of fiction and it seem to have shaped the public perception more than any other book.
Alison Weir sets the record straight and really points out that we do not know terribly much about her. Lots is informed guesses but no proof is available. Alison Weir's book is a fountain of information. In her usual way she describes the views of other authors and then puts her views to the reader. I like that very much as it is transparent and one always understand how and why she comes to a certain conclusion. It might not be an easy read, but it is far more gratifying. On top I like that she gets into the history of the husbands Mary had and of her two children.
So all in all I have to say no disappointment whatsoever but a very well written and researched book by Alison Weir. No problem to recommend it to other readers
Reading Weir's introduction, I agreed with a lot of the sentiments she expressed and admired her goal of redressing the misconceptions and attempting to find the facts. However, I didn't agree with all of Weir's conclusions, and there were also what appeared to be one or two genuine factual blips during the course of the text. But I also found it easy to read; flowing style, clear, understandable - in contrast to some of Weir's other non-fiction works which in the past I have found at times to be a bit of a dry read. And whilst I didn't agree with some of Weir's conclusions, she definitely addressed the misconceptions, and brought to light some misplaced information. Credit to Weir for taking on an undoubtedly difficult subject and trying to cut through the shroud of myth to produce this biography of Mary Boleyn.
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