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George Boleyn has gone down in history as being the brother of the ill-fated Queen Anne Boleyn, second wife of Henry VIII, and for being executed for treason, after being found guilty of incest and of conspiring to kill the King.

This biography allows George to step out of the shadows and brings him to life as a court poet, royal favourite, keen sportsman, talented diplomat and loyal brother. Clare Cherry and Claire Ridgway chart his life from his spectacular rise in the 1520s to his dramatic fall and tragic end in 1536.

George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat is divided into three sections – Beginnings, Career and Influence, and End of an Era – and topics include:

- George Boleyn’s poetry
- Personal attributes and social pursuits
- Religion
- George’s marriage to Jane Parker
- The Reformation Parliament and the League of Schmalkalden
- George the Diplomat
- The fall of the Boleyns, arrests and trials
- The aftermath of their fall
- George Boleyn, Dean of Lichfield, and the Clonony Castle Boleyns

The biography is fully referenced and includes chapter notes, bibliography and useful appendices.

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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,, 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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  • Nombre de pages de l'édition imprimée : 388 pages
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HASH(0x94c09df8) étoiles sur 5 George Boleyn 13 mai 2014
Par Michael Leaver - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
In their new book "George Boleyn - Tudor Poet, Courtier and Diplomat " Claire Cherry and Claire Ridgway takes you on a journey through George's life from beginning to rise through the court of Henry VIII to tragic end to help dispel these myths and work out who George Boleyn was.
Most Tudor enthusiasts are probably aware that there is very little information about George with no known painting, but the authors have thralled through letters, documents and dispatches to give as the best understanding of who this man was.
The journey being with a background on The Boleyn family and who they are. Many will criticize these as it is probably found in all Anne Boleyn books but what's a biography if its not included .From there we are taken through his childhood, entry into the court on Henry VIII to the sad sad conclusion to the young man's life.
The authors do a great job dealing with the evidence they have to not be influenced by popular opinion and dispel any myths where there is just simply no proof.
Personally for me as a novice Tudor enthusiast I found to be the perfect insight into to the life of George Boleyn. Its a light read and doesn't bog you down with academic jargon like other biographies will.
Every Tudor enthusiast should give this book a go as many who are fans of Claire Ridgway's "The Anne Boleyn Files" website already have.
I hope these authors continue to work together and I look forward to reading anything the produce in the future.
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HASH(0x94c0c060) étoiles sur 5 George Boleyn Has Never Been So Clear 1 mai 2014
Par Duct Tape Mama - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle
First of all, I need to tell you that I received an advance copy of this book for the purpose of an honest review.

Now, with that said, I am a huge fan of Claire Ridgway and have purchased all of her books and I spend a ridiculous amount of time on her website, The Anne Boleyn Files. I have had a fascination with all things Tudor since I was a kid.

One of the figures that we literally don't have all that much direct information on is Anne Boleyn's brother George, Lord Rochford. History has told us, of course, that he rose to great notoriety in King Henry VIII's court, though much of his success is attributed to the king's relationship with George's sister. We also know about his tragic end. Unfortunately there's not much else in between.

Fortunately for us, what Claire Ridgway and Clare Cherry have done is taken all of the available information - court documents, letters, receipts, etc. to paint as clear of a picture of George Boleyn as is currently possible. They've used these documents and all other available information to answer the most pressing questions about the man: Was his success his or merely the influence of his sister? Was he a rake? Was he a homosexual? Did he really have sex with his sister? Who was he, really?

The good news is that these two historians have given us both sides of as many issues as possible and, if the evidence does not support popular theory or legend, then they simply tell us that the documents and messages that we have available from the era do not justify or do justify the rumors. This book isn't simply filled with the author's opinions, as some other historical writers are wont to do - they allow the evidence to speak for itself.

I truly enjoyed reading this book and I believe I now have a much clearer picture of George Boleyn as I ever have. This is a great read for Tudor-philes, history buffs and folks who simply love to learn.

I also hope that this isn't the only collaboration between these two ladies as I believe that they work well together and compliment each other's knowledge and writing.
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HASH(0x94c0c2a0) étoiles sur 5 An astonishing depth of research 27 mai 2014
Par Olga Hughes - Publié sur
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The reader could be forgiven for assuming there is not enough left of George Boleyn to fill a book. After all his sister, the enigmatic Queen Anne Boleyn, has been the subject of centuries of debate, intense scrutiny and research. Even their eldest sister Mary, who left a single letter behind, is the subject of not one, but two biographies. The reader would also be forgiven for wondering what two historical researchers with a passion for Tudor history, one a first-time author, could offer us in regards to a man who lived in the shadow of his sisters for almost five centuries. What George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier & Diplomat offers us is not only an academic and exhaustive study of the life of George Boleyn, but a fascinating insight into the life of a courtier in the court of the notorious King Henry VIII.

The first part of this biography, Beginnings, introduces the reader to the Boleyn family history. This is particularly useful for two reasons, for despite several good studies on the subject, the Boleyn family are still popularly viewed as grubby grasping commoners, but it also launches us into the privileged environment that George Boleyn, last surviving son and apple of his parent's eye, grew up in. From his first appearance at court as a ten year-old boy to an eighteen year-old man joining the court full time, we follow George's early career at court through to his marriage to Jane Parker, his suffering from the deadly sweating sickness and King Henry VIII falling in love with Anne Boleyn, a relationship which would of course have a great impact on George's life. Career and Influence follows George's rise at court from a skilled courtier to a foreign diplomat, a man that King Henry VIII relied on for everything from diplomatic missions on the delicate subject of annulling his marriage to Katherine of Aragon and taking Anne Boleyn as his wife, to the purchasing of hawks for the King's sport and meat for the King's hounds. There is a particularly interesting chapter on the The League of Schmalkalden, and a much needed look at George's evangelical views, for arguably it was George's influence and close relationship with his sister Anne that helped spark the embers of the break with the Roman Catholic Church.

The reader may approach End of an Era with a heavy heart, for these chapters of course trace the fall George and his sister Anne Boleyn. It is in these closing chapters that we see even more of George Boleyn the man, through his actions during the fall of his sister, to what we can glean of his relationship with his wife to his powerful execution speech where he warned "not to trust in the vanity of the world". The appendices include a chronology, George Boleyn's poetry and scaffold speech, George Cavendish's Metrical Visions, Sir Thomas Wyatt's execution poetry and a thorough study of the Clonony Boleyn Girls and George Boleyn, Dean of Lichfield.

This biography is a true achievement, not only for the rigorous use of rarely seen or acknowledged contemporary documents, not only for the astonishing depth of research and authentic presentation of the career of George Boleyn, but for the fact that the authors do not become enthralled with their subject. For a man who was witty, charming and intelligent and who was ultimately unjustly murdered on the whim of a tyrant, George Boleyn can easily cut a rather romantic figure. What George Boleyn: Tudor Poet, Courtier & Diplomat does is not only present us with an illuminating study of a little known historical figure but also with a complex and convincing portrait of a man.
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HASH(0x94c0c600) étoiles sur 5 A look at George Boleyn and the era he lived 7 mai 2014
Par Sarah Smart - Publié sur
Format: Broché
I received an advance copy of this book, and I found it was quite insightful in regards to the life and times that George lived.

I think it draws on a lot of source material (much of which is found in the appendices - an enjoyable read for those of that persuasion). The information provided does weigh heavily upon interpretation of what few accounts we have for this man - but I feel that the interpretations were done in a smart way. The era and cultural settings for sixteenth century England played a large part in determining the "whys" of actions and behaviour - and while there is no way to determine exact certainties for events, it is wise to impart those viewpoints when discussing the subjects at hand.

I think this is a great book that delves into a character not always in the foreground of one's mind when they think of the court of King Henry VIII. He was vital in his families affairs, and also in those of the state.

This is certainly not a leisure-read, however. It is intriguing if you enjoy history though. I would recommend it to anyone who feels that they are already well-aware of all there is to know of the Boleyn dynasty, because it certainly goes much deeper into the elusive Lord Rochford than any other text I've read.
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HASH(0x94c0c81c) étoiles sur 5 The best book I've read about the Boleyns 19 juin 2014
Par Amazon Customer - Publié sur
Format: Format Kindle Achat vérifié
This and Ives' biography of Anne Boleyn and Norton's Boleyn Women are the best books on Anne Boleyn and her family. The first one is entirely about Anne, the second about her direct family and all her ancestors and connections through marriage or blood -be it through her father or mother. This book focused ENTIRELY on George which was very refreshing and one theme that kept repeating itself were the two authors, Claire Cherry and Claire Ridgway, stressing that this was a different period and that for someone to appreciate George he must accept that he was a human being with passions, arrogance, and a deep religious fervor that ran as deep as the Catholic opposition. The rumors that George was a womanizer might have some grain of truth in them and the two authors ask us to take these into consideration but always ask when we are analyzing sources regarding this enigmatic figure, who, when, and why did that person wrote it? A lot that has come from contemporaries that were hostile to his family, yet others were neutral and some such as the French ambassadors sang praises of them. Chapuys (though I didn't quite agree with their assessment of him) regarded George as a bright and promising youth, many regarded him the same way and mentioned how intelligent and astute he was. And if you don't believe it, let the facts speak for themselves. I wasn't aware how deeply religious George was and how committed he was to the religious reforms that he and his sister -with their father- worked so hard to install once she became Henry's Queen. As Henry's ambassador he also enjoyed a great amount of power and while in France, he managed to persuade Francois' (various times) to lend his support (albeit indirectly) to Henry and Anne. And here is where I come to my second point, secondary sources that allegedly thought they were doing a service to George ended up doing him a great disservice by blending truth with fiction -among them twentieth century biographers which formed their own conclusions about George and said that he was a sexual deviant and painted his rivals -including his wife- as evil. In reality, it is impossible to know just what role did Jane Parker play in her husband's demise, if she played a roll at all! "That woman" George wrote when he testified before his trial, denounced him as a traitor and they were willing to believe her before him. He never says his wife, which he would've if it was his wife who denounced him, he just says "that woman". And notice the tone of his statement when you read the book, the authors point that out too. Jane was very loyal to George and visited him and he even wrote to her before he died. The only thing she is guilty off is declaring that Henry was impotent, but this was done without any malice and she might not have had any choice when the investigations began. She as George, was looking to her own survival and George probably understood that as he also lived by the same standards.
His fall is one of the greatest injustices of the time, and it is a great tragedy that a lot of his poems do not survive. There are a lot of anonymous poems that are said to be his but we will never be sure, nonetheless the authors point out the subtle hints in each of them, suggesting they could be.
His last speech is given in full in the Appendixes and it is something both wonderful and sad that makes you almost cry when you finish.
I recommend this book for anybody who loves history as much as I do and want to learn more about the Boleyns.
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