A magnificent tale of family rivalry and intrigue set against Henry VIII's court. The fall of Anne Boleyn and her brother George is the classic drama of the Tudor era. The Boleyns had long been an influential English family. Sir Edward Boleyn had been Lord Mayor of London. His grandson, Sir Thomas had inherited wealth and position, and through the sexual adventures of his daughters, Mary and Anne, ascended to the peak of influence at court. The three Boleyn children formed a faction of their own, making many enemies: and when those enemies secured Henry VIII's ear, they brought down the entire family in blood and disgrace. George, Lord Rochfort, left no children. Mary left a son by her husband, William Carey - Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon. Anne left a daughter, Elizabeth I - so like her in many ways and a sexual politician without rival. Includes 33 illustrations, 25 in colour.
David Loades was Emeritus Professor of the University of Wales and an Honorary Member of the University of Oxford, History Faculty. He was also a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society, Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, Vice-President of the Navy Record Society and former President of the Ecclesiastical History Society. He was the author of over thirty books on the sixteenth century, specializing in the Tudors. Sadly he has passed away.
Preface 1 Origins - the Blickling Years 2 Thomas at Court - the Hever Years 3 Mary & the King's Fancy - in & out of Favour 4 Anne & the Grand Passion - the Paris Years 5 Thomas, Earl of Wiltshire - the Westminster Years 6 The Boleyns as a Political Faction - the Whitehall Years 7 George & Jane - the Grimston Years 8 The Fall of the Boleyns - the Tower Days 9 Henry Carey, Lord Hunsdon - the Berwick Years 10 Elizabeth I, the Boleyn Daughter - the Dudley Years Conclusion: A Political Family? Notes Bibliography List of Illustrations Index