new Alison Weir non-fiction book on Mary Boleyn out in October!!!!

Super excited to find this future non-fiction release by Alison Weir. This time she'll be tackling Mary Boleyn.

No synopsis yet, but I found this information on her website:

Alison's next biography, Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore (Jonathan Cape, UK)/Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings (Ballantine, USA) will be published in the autumn of 2011.

US Release Date:  October 4, 2011
UK Release Date:  October 6, 2011

In this book, the first full-scale, in-depth biography of Henry VIII's famous mistress, Mary Boleyn, the sister of Anne, his second queen, Alison Weir explodes much of the mythology that surrounds Mary Boleyn and uncovers the truth about one of the most misunderstood figures of the Tudor age. Her extensive, forensic research has facilitated a new portrayal, in which she reveals, for example:

* The probable nature of the relationship between the Boleyn sisters.

* New evidence about the reputation of Mary's mother, Elizabeth
Howard, who was rumoured to have been an early mistress of
Henry VIII.

* Why we do not know what Mary looked like.
The portrait above, right, might, just possibly, be a likeness.

* The truth about Mary's much-vaunted notoriety at the French
court, and her relations with King Francois I.

* What happened to Mary after she left the French court.

* Mary's role at the English court.

* Why Mary's first husband, William Carey, was not an insignificant
and complacent nobody, as is often claimed.

* The less-than-romantic truth about how Mary became Henry VIII's
mistress, and when.

* The truth about Mary's reputation in England, and why
Henry's queen, Katherine of Aragon, did not complain about her
being his mistress.

* New evidence that has a strong bearing upon the paternity of
Mary's two Carey children, whom many people believe were
fathered by the King.

* Evidence to show that Henry VIII had more than one bastard child.

* When Mary's affair with Henry VIII probably ended.

* How Mary was treated, and regarded, by her family.

* Where Mary lived after her disastrous second marriage to William
Stafford and their banishment from court.

* Why there is barely a mention of Mary at the time of Anne Boleyn's
fall in 1536.

* How Anne's daughter, the future Elizabeth I, may have been
helped to regard her executed mother in a sympathetic light.

* The truth about Mary's tenure of Rochford Hall, where she is
said to have lived for the last years of her life.

* The truth about Mary's reputation.

To read an abridged excerpt, click HERE.



  1. I love Alison Weir's books -- I'm so excited!

  2. This sounds like a very interesting book. I have always been interested in Mary, but I wonder where she found all of this information...

  3. Oh, I am excited about this one!!

  4. I hope she does a better job than Wilkinson did - way too much speculation. Which makes me agree with Dollygurl.

  5. Although it's not what I write, I love non-fiction.

    Nothing like a fact.

  6. I wish we were getting the UK title here in the US too. Very striking.

  7. Now this is one I can't wait for! We know so little about her...I too am intrigued as to where she found all this out. Thanks for sharing, Amy!

  8. Sounds like this will be a most enlightening book, about more than just Mary Boleyn.

  9. Ooh, glad to know this one is coming out!


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