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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (1,556 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Julia Fox Narrator: Jenny Sterlin Publisher: Penguin Random House Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: December 2007 ISBN: 9780739358801
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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.

Born to aristocratic parents in the English countryside, young Jane Parker found a suitable match in George Boleyn, brother to Anne, the woman who would eventually be the touchstone of England’s greatest political and religious crisis. Once settled in the bustling, spectacular court of Henry VIII as the wife of a nobleman, Jane was privy to the regal festivities of masques and jousts, royal births and funerals, and she played an intimate part in the drama and gossip that swirled around the king’s court.

But it was Anne Boleyn’s descent from palace to prison that first thrust Jane into the spotlight. Impatient with Anne’s inability to produce a male heir, King Henry accused the queen of treason and adultery with a multitude of men, including her own brother, George. Jane was among those interrogated in the scandal, and following two swift strokes from the executioner’s blade, she lost her husband and her sister-in-law, her inheritance and her place in court society.

Now the thirty-year-old widow of a traitor, Jane had to ensure her survival and protect her own interests by securing land and income. With sheer determination, she navigated her way back into royal favor by becoming lady-in-waiting to Henry’s three subsequent brides, Jane Seymour, Anne of Cleves, and Catherine Howard. At last Jane’s future seemed secure—until an unwitting misstep involving the sexual intrigues of young Queen Catherine destroyed the life and reputation Jane worked so hard to rebuild.

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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Listener Opinions

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Leonie | 1/29/2014

    " I'm actually listening to an audio book, does that count as reading? "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sasha | 1/24/2014

    " As far as biographies go, this may be the best one I've read. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 carriedaway | 1/2/2014

    " Because of the scant information on Jane Parker Boleyn, the book was necessarily a whole lot of maybes, probablies and possiblies which was a bit annoying at first but as I delved more and more into Jane's story, ceased to bother me. Whatever the truth of Jane Boleyn's life, she was a pivotal, if shadowy figure in the court of Henry VIII and lived through some interesting times. This book was a well written attempt to flesh out her character and life and redeem her. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Tracey | 1/2/2014

    " Well, I have read so much about this time period and Henry VIII wives that I was pretty familiar with the events but it was a new take on a woman who was very much demonized. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Elizabeth Benducci | 12/23/2013

    " A little hard to read since it is not in a story format- itis more facts but interesting to see from a different perspective! "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jessica Licata | 12/10/2013

    " I liked reading this after reading the Other Boleyn Girl, although it wasn't as dirty as the Other Boleyn Girl "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marla | 3/20/2013

    " 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 Gail | 3/20/2012

    " Not much to say and a lot of pages to say it. The last chapter has the most content of the whole book. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nikki | 2/22/2012

    " 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 Karen | 11/11/2011

    " This book was interesting, but nothing new. It was harder to keep interest because it is written in the third person. It isn't from anyone's personal perspective, but it focuses on how the events influenced Jane Boleyn's life. I wouldn't recommend it. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Marian H. | 10/20/2011

    " 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. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Jandteach | 10/18/2011

    " I love history so this was a rather interesting and kind account of Jane Boleyn's life and demise. "

  • 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

Jenny Sterlin, winner of multiple Earphones Awards, has more than seventy audio titles to her credit, including Laurie R. King’s popular Sherlock Holmes / Mary Russell series. Before beginning her narration career, she helped found England’s experimental Living Theatre.