cover unveiled for Alison Weir's NF book on Mary Boleyn

A few weeks ago I posted about Alison Weir's upcoming non-fiction release on Mary Boleyn and now I have the cover for you!

It is being released in both the US and UK under different titles.  

UK....Mary Boleyn: The Great and Infamous Whore.  Released on October 6, 2011

US....Mary Boleyn: The Mistress of Kings.  Released on October 4, 2011

There is still no official synopsis that I can find, but here is a blurb from Weir's website:

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 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 am excited about this release! And although the covers are almost the same, I prefer the US cover along with the title.

  2. Yay! I love the cover, I love the sound of the book, I can't wait.

  3. Sounds a very intriguing, interesting book.

  4. Wow! This rocks! Thanks for sharing all this wonderful info!

  5. This one sounds wonderful. I always wonder about why publishers select different titles for UK/US release? In this case, no "whore" for the US; are the English deemed less prudish than the Americans, lol?

  6. Such a lovely cover! I can't wait for this book to be released!

  7. Man...I'm going to need a lot of vacations this year in order to read all the books I want to read. I can't wait to learn more about Mary...really tired of all the hype over Anne...don't get me wrong I still admire Anne as a strong, smart woman of her time...just too inexperienced with men and that got her in trouble. Whereas I think Mary was more mature and wiser about men and that's why she survived...better to survive and be alive that to reach too high and die ;) Thanks for the updates Amy. Hope you are having a wonderful weekend, fondly, Roberta

  8. Another book to add to my Wish List.

  9. I had never heard of Anne Boleyn until recently. King Henry VIII was certainly a man who used women seemingly as he pleased. She was put in a rather difficult position and appears to have handled it well enough to survive, which is more than her sister did.

  10. Would so love to read this book as it's my favorite time in history.


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