Jane Boleyn

by Julia Fox | Biographies & Memoirs |
ISBN: 1474616054 Global Overview for this book
Registered by Sparkish of Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on 11/27/2020
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Journal Entry 1 by Sparkish from Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Friday, November 27, 2020
Jane Rochford was sister-in-law to Anne Boleyn and Lady of the Bedchamber to Katherine Howard, whom she followed to the scaffold in 1542. Hers is a life of extraordinary drama as a witness to, and participant in, the greatest events of Henry's reign.

Journal Entry 2 by Sparkish at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom on Monday, November 30, 2020

Released 2 yrs ago (11/30/2020 UTC) at Fleckney, Leicestershire United Kingdom


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Journal Entry 3 by kirstykat at Potters Bar, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Friday, December 4, 2020
Gratefully Received today as a RABCK.

Journal Entry 4 by kirstykat at Potters Bar, Hertfordshire United Kingdom on Thursday, September 22, 2022
A very thorough approach to this enigmatic historical figure. Although Jane Boleyn had everything money could buy, one sees a lonely and tragic figure underneath.

Being part of the most ambitious and ruthless families in the kingdom at that time, Jane had to really live on her wits and fight for her entitlements.
I liked the fact that the biographer did not shy away from Jane's difficulties. The biographer was also honest and forthright with pieces of evidence that could have multiple meanings, or that could not be proved, but she ensured to differentiate between the two.

This copy has copies of portraits and all in all, I found this a wonderful work.

Highly recommended Biographer.

Journal Entry 5 by kirstykat at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, October 17, 2022

Released 5 mos ago (10/18/2022 UTC) at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


Sent to LittleSuz as a HGG as her reading list does ask for history and this book is too good to be kept and not shared, or go into the wild release abyss!

Be shared and enjoyed wonderful book!

Journal Entry 6 by wingLittleSuzwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Tuesday, November 8, 2022
Yay! This looks fab. Thank you ever so much kirstykat. The chocolate and card are both fab too!

Journal Entry 7 by wingLittleSuzwing at Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Thursday, January 5, 2023
I liked this. It was an engaging read, and cleverly written to ensure there were elements of surprise in Jane's story towards the end. I'm familiar with the story of Henry VIII's wives, but had never previously realised how so many small anecdotes I've heard of involving ladies at court were all about the same woman, Lady Rochford/Jane Boleyn.

She certainly had an exciting life, and must have had an interesting personality to go with it. Personally serving five of Henry VIII's six wives is quite an achievement! Sometimes I felt that Fox underemphasised the amount of political and networking skill this must have taken, given tensions of the era and the very different personalities involved. It also implies a huge personal appetite for risk, which again, Fox rarely mentioned.

As a former historian, I'd have preferred more footnotes in the main text in order to deter understand what parts of the narrative were based on direct sources, how much is deduced from incomplete sources, and how much is Fox's guesswork. But I understand why it was published without them. This is a non-fiction book that really wants to be a novel, and the story of Jane Boleyn's life is worthy of that.

Journal Entry 8 by wingLittleSuzwing at Biblos, Chambers Street in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, February 5, 2023

Released 1 mo ago (2/6/2023 UTC) at Biblos, Chambers Street in Edinburgh, Scotland United Kingdom


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Journal Entry 9 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Monday, February 6, 2023
I do love a bit of Tudor history. Should be an interesting take on the times from a different perspective from the usual.


Journal Entry 10 by wingCassandra2020wing at Roslin, Scotland United Kingdom on Sunday, March 12, 2023
Jane Boleyn: The Infamous Lady Rochford by Julia Fox - OK

This is supposed to be a biography of Jane and it kind of is, but not quite what I was expecting.

As a girl/woman in Tudor England there is virtually nothing written about her. We don't know when she was born and only have a vague idea of when she married George Boleyn. All we really know is her involvement in the downfall of two queens and her own execution. Or at least, we think we do.

The majority of this book is a re-run of the usual history of Henry's court supposedly from Jane's point of view. Lots of assumptions that Jane may have attended this, Jane may have seen that, Jane was probably here. The only things that are definite are that Jane first attended court as one of Katherine of Aragon's maids and then went on to serve as a lady in waiting to all of Henry's Queens up to and including Catherine Howard. It is only during the downfall of Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard that we actually know anything definite about her other than the legalities around her marriage, her properties and the various gifts given to and received from the King.

It did fill in some details on her family (The Parkers) and the inter-relationships between the Parkers, Boleyns and Howards. It also went someway to rehabilitating her reputation. It's easy to see how a young girl entering the court and living through such tumultuous times would have to step carefully to keep (albeit eventually losing) her head. It's also easy to see how future generations might judge and vilify.

Interesting, but not quite what I expected.


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