The tragic story of Anne Boleyn has been retold over the centuries, yet two key figures in Anne's life-her father Thomas and brother George- are often relegated to the margins of Henry VIII's turbulent reign. Well before Anne's coronation in 1533, Thomas was regarded as one of Henry's most skilled and experienced ambassadors, and George was a talented young courtier on the rise. But Anne's downfall was to have a devastating effect on her family - ultimately costing her and her brother their lives. A family whose success and prestige had been shaped over generations was destroyed in a violent and brutal episode as the king sought a new wife and a male heir.
In this first biography devoted to the Boleyn men, Lauren Mackay takes us beyond the stereotypes of Thomas and George to present a story that has almost been lost to history. This book follows the Boleyn men as they negotiated their way through the ruthless game of politics among the wolves of the court, and establishes their place in Tudor history.
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Lauren MacKay is a historian of Tudor England. She is the author of Inside the Tudor Court and a regular contributor to BBC History and All About History. She has lectured at the Tower of London, Hever Castle, Leeds Castle and the National Archives at Kew.
Dr Mackay's combined biography of the men seeks to dispel these notions through a committed act of scholarship - and I have to say, she entirely succeeds. Thomas the diplomat, the negotiator, the councillor, even Thomas the jouster, are explored in detail ... This work adds greatly to our understanding of the Boleyn family before Anne's rise, and the important diplomatic and foreign affairs that they were involved in. * Tudor Times * [U]tterly fascinating and indispensable ... [Makes] for exuberant reading. * Open Letters Review *
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