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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,117 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Fox Narrator: Rosalyn Landor Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Unabridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9781415946510
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In a life of extraordinary drama, Jane Boleyn was catapulted from relative obscurity to the inner circle of King Henry VIII. As powerful men and women around her became victims of Henry’s ruthless and absolute power, including her own husband and sister-in-law, Queen Anne Boleyn, Jane’s allegiance to the volatile monarchy was sustained and rewarded. But the price for her loyalty would eventually be her undoing and the ruination of her name. For centuries, little beyond rumor and scandal has been associated with “the infamous Lady Rochford.” But now historian Julia Fox sets the record straight and restores dignity to this much-maligned figure whose life and reputation were taken from her.

Drawing upon her own deep knowledge and years of original research, Julia Fox brings us into the inner sanctum of court life, laced with intrigue and encumbered by disgrace. Through the eyes and ears of Jane Boleyn, we witness the myriad players of the stormy Tudor period. Jane emerges as a courageous spirit, a modern woman forced by circumstances to fend for herself in a privileged but vicious world.

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  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Michelle | 2/11/2014

    " This book sat on my shelf for a while before I finally picked it up and read it. It took a little while to get into it, but in the end I did find it very interesting. After having read "The Other Boleyn Girl" I was interested to find out what was historical and what was fictional. This book took a very different take on Jane's role in the events surrounding Anne's death. While the book didn't give much information about Jane herself, I did like learning about the historical events surrounding her life. I think it is a fascinating time period and it is very interesting to think about Henry VIII's motivations, though of course this book is not about that. I'll have to find another book that focuses more on Henry VIII. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Teresa | 2/9/2014

    " This book could be titled "The Wives of Henry VIII" for all the detail it has on these women. Unfortunately, details are lacking for the actual subject of the book, Jane Boleyn. For the first 3/4 of the book, the author speculates on what Jane may or may not have seen and where she may or may not have been. It isn't until the end of the book that we read true historical facts about Jane Boleyn. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 PJO | 2/5/2014

    " A wonderfully detailed account of the life and times of Anne Boleyn's sister, Jane, who succeeded Anne and other predecessors in King Henry VIII's favors. Whenever I become thoroughly disenchanted with modern political machinations I would do well to think back on Fox's account of what cultural and political maneuvering was once like. Jane's life at (royal) court might disabuse dreamy little girls of their imaginings about the glittery world of knights, kings, and queens. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Bridget | 2/1/2014

    " This book has no personality. It is essentially a history book masked as a novel. The author does nothing to give us a sense of Jane Boleyn as a person, deferring completely to historical documents without trying to "fill in the blanks". Perhaps Jane Boleyn is not as evil as history made her out to be, but this book did little to convince me of it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pat | 1/19/2014

    " I wasn't really in-depth on my English history when I started to read this book. It would appear that the author is making some assumptions that may or may not hold water with other historians since it it seems there is little documented evidence about Jane Boleyn's role in, first, the Anne Boleyn affair and death and, second, in Catherine Parr's. BTW, Jane Boleyn was Anne's sister-in-law, not her sister and it was her husband that Anne was supposed to be having an affair with and who was killed with Anne - supposedly based on Jane Boleyn's accusations. However, it was a good book with some interesting assumptions. History is fascinating and this is another look at a woman who may have been seriously maligned by others and may not ruly have been the evil sister-in-law that others have made her out to be. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Lala | 1/15/2014

    " I was excited to read this book and find out more about the life of Jane Boleyn - but was very disappointed to find out it was more of a re-telling of the Boleyn family with a bit of Jane sprinkled in. While the book was well researched, there wasn't enough about Jane and what was mentioned in the book seemed to be conjecture by the author instead of fact. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cookie | 1/13/2014

    " Pretty good read, but find Jane is just as mysterious as always. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 1/13/2014

    " Limited value in terms of its constrib to the study of tudor history. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jenny Smith | 1/11/2014

    " Speculative. "We don't know if Jane was there during this time." or "No one knows if Jane talked to such and such about this." Too many unanswered questions to be a bio. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina Doneda | 1/11/2014

    " Really interesting and educational! I read this because I had been reading Phillipa Gregory's novels. It was really interesting to see the differences between the reality and real history and what Phillip Gregory wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Lindsay | 1/10/2014

    " The title of this book is misleading. Jane Boleyn is lagrely absent from the historical record, and she is far from the central character in this book. The author describes events in Jane's lifetime, and then tosses in an aside such as, "Jane was probably present for this." Lady Rochford was famous for selling out her husband George Boleyn and her sister-in-law Anne Boleyn, but this book didn't even make her the main character during this period. It's a well-written history, but I was expecting it to be more about Lady Rochford. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Starratier | 1/7/2014

    " Interesting and to the point and some different then how they like to portray her in other books and movies "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Charlene Vickers | 12/31/2013

    " All the evidence we have for Jane Boleyn's life could fit into a four-page flyer. This book is therefore so heavily padded that I question its necessity. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Ellen | 12/28/2013

    " The writing was very lively for a historical biography. The author used a lot of source material to flesh out this satellite member of the Boleyn family. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Valerie | 12/22/2013

    " There aren't a lot of facts about Jane Boleyn in this book, mostly "we can guess" or "Jane probably felt..." It was very disappointing. "

  • 1 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 51 out of 5 Jessica | 12/19/2013

    " I didn't care for this book at all, it dragged on and I kept waiting for some peice of new fact or information that I didn't know....was very disappointing. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/1/2013

    " It was interesting to read about Jane Boleyn focussing on her story rather than Anne Boleyns. I enjoyed this book. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kate Nelson | 9/24/2013

    " This was a great source of information, but I was a bit disappointed because I was hoping for more novel in add ition to the history. I skipped most of the middle and went to after Anne was beheaded. Jane was an interesting player during that time. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 8/16/2013

    " Pretty interesting read. It was fascinating what lengths people would go to to get what they want. Greed, jealousy, vengeance... This book had it all. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Rachel | 1/26/2013

    " Anne Boleyn's doomed sister-in-law. Turned traitor against her husband George (apparently without her knowledge....) Unfortunately read like a history book.... "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kate Guinan | 12/4/2012

    " An interesting biography of one of history's much-maligned characters. Though much of what happens to Jane is based on speculation rather than documentation. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Kelli Cassaday | 6/12/2012

    " Very slow start about Jane's background, then seemed to rush through the dramatic parts. Disappointed. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 4/26/2012

    " Good - there isn't tons of historical documentation of Jane Boleyn, so sometimes this felt that the facts were being lengthened for the book's sake, but it did a nice job of representing Jane in a different light to the historical jealous/bitter sister/wife figure. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 2/13/2012

    " Limited value in terms of its constrib to the study of tudor history. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian H. | 2/11/2012

    " I appreciated that the author tried to be careful differentiating between facts and suppositions. Sometimes tedious in rehashing an already well-known slice of history, but interesting to have another point of view. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Mary | 1/7/2012

    " Pretty dry overall. She may or may not have been the conniving bitch as portrayed in TOBG. Regardless, she helped Catherine Howard set up illicit rendezvous. Not a wise career move. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jillian | 12/27/2011

    " This was just okay. It was mostly about Anne, and I didn't learn anything new about Jane. There are much better books about the Tudors out there. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Sarah | 12/11/2011

    " Historical facts seemed more about other figures at the time, mentions Jane as an afterthought...she was thought to have been there. It was interesting, but not what I expected. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shelley | 11/4/2011

    " So far the book is being told more in the third person as a historical facts that occurred instead of by the character herself. I'm not sure I'll finish this book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 9/10/2011

    " Well done look at a lesser known player in Henry's court. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 MAP | 6/1/2011

    " The problem is, there wasn't enough info on Lady Rochford to fill a 50 page book, much less a 300 page book. So 5/6 of the book is either conjecture or information that belongs in other people's biographies, like Anne Boleyn's or Catherine Howard's. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Cookie | 5/28/2011

    " Pretty good read, but find Jane is just as mysterious as always. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 3/28/2011

    " Pretty interesting read. It was fascinating what lengths people would go to to get what they want. Greed, jealousy, vengeance... This book had it all. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Marina | 1/18/2011

    " Really interesting and educational! I read this because I had been reading Phillipa Gregory's novels. It was really interesting to see the differences between the reality and real history and what Phillip Gregory wrote. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Laura | 12/11/2010

    " Good - there isn't tons of historical documentation of Jane Boleyn, so sometimes this felt that the facts were being lengthened for the book's sake, but it did a nice job of representing Jane in a different light to the historical jealous/bitter sister/wife figure. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Aoife | 12/3/2010

    " There are just too few solid facts about this enigmatic supporting player of the Tudor court. The book couldn't hold my attention as all there was to do was rehash what has already been told many a time about Anne Boleyn and Catherine Howard. Disappointing. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 James | 8/17/2010

    " Limited value in terms of its constrib to the study of tudor history. "

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About the Author
After graduating from the University of London, Julia Fox taught history in both public and private schools for a number of years, specializing in the Tudors and in nineteenth-century Britain and Europe. She also worked as a historical researcher. She currently lives with her husband, the historian John Guy, and their two cats. She is the author of one previous book, Jane Boleyn: The True Story of the Infamous Lady Rochford.
About the Narrator

Rosalyn Landor has won twelve AudioFile Earphones Awards and been a finalist for the Audie Award. She has worked as an actor since the age of seven, both in Europe and the United States. Her extensive list of credits includes leading roles in film, theater, and audio productions, as well as in various miniseries on all the major television networks and in such productions as Masterpiece Theatre’s Sherlock Holmes and Rumpole of the Bailey.