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The Boleyn Women

The Boleyn Women

• Huge interest in the Boleyn family and wives of Henry VIII.

• First book to consider all of the female members of the Boleyn family.

• Covers eight generations of Boleyn women from the fourteenth century to 1603.

The Boleyn family appeared from nowhere at the end of the fourteenth century, moving from peasant to princess in only a few generations. The women of the family brought about its advancement, beginning with the heiresses Alice Bracton Boleyn, Anne Hoo Boleyn and Margaret Butler Boleyn who brought wealth and aristocratic connections. Then there was Elizabeth Howard Boleyn, who was rumored to have been the mistress of Henry VIII, along with her daughter Mary and niece Madge, who certainly were. Anne Boleyn became the king’s second wife and her aunts, Lady Boleyn and Lady Shelton, helped bring her to the block. The infamous Jane Boleyn, the last of her generation, betrayed her husband before dying on the scaffold with Queen Catherine Howard.

The next generation was no less turbulent and Catherine Carey, the daughter of Mary Boleyn fled from England to avoid persecution under Mary Tudor. Her daughter, Lettice was locked in bitter rivalry with the greatest Boleyn lady of all, Elizabeth I, winning the battle for the affections of Robert Dudley but losing her position in society as a consequence. Finally, another Catherine Carey, the Countess of Nottingham, was so close to her cousin, the queen, that Elizabeth died of grief following her death.

The Boleyn family was the most ambitious dynasty of the sixteenth century, rising dramatically to prominence in the early years of a century that would end with a Boleyn on the throne.

Part 1 - The Earliest Boleyn Women: The Thirteenth to the Fifteenth Centuries

Chapter 1: Norfolk Origins

Chapter 2: Anne Hoo Boleyn and Her Daughters

Chapter 3: The Ormond Inheritance

Part 2 - Courtiers: 1485–1526

Chapter 4: Lusty to Look On, Pleasant, Demure, Sage

Chapter 5: Three Lady Boleyns at Court

Chapter 6: Mary Boleyn, Royal Mistress

Part 3 - Queen Anne Boleyn: 1526–1536

Chapter 7: The King’s New Love

Chapter 8: Anne Boleyn and the King’s Great Matter

Chapter 9: Anne the Queen

Chapter 10: Princess Mary and the Queen’s Aunts

Chapter 11: The Fall of the Boleyns

Part 4 - The Last Boleyn Women: 1536–1603

Chapter 12: After Anne

Chapter 13: The Notorious Lady Rochford

Chapter 14: Boleyn Daughters

Chapter 15: The Last Boleyn Woman

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