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.
Not a must-read
This book was not terribly bad, though not at all what I expected. This book is more about the story of the Boleyn family (mostly Anne) than about Jane herself, and even those facts are vague. If you are at all familiar with the story of Henry the 8th, none of this is anything new. And many of the information about Jane is simply the author's imagination (how Jane felt, where she might have been, what she might have been thinking). Not much is known about Jane Parker, and that is very apparent halfway through this book. Jane is almost a secondary thought in most of the book. The author will remind us that the book is supposed to be about her by telling us where Jane might have been while Anne Boleyn or Henry were doing certain things. There are huge stretches of the story where she is not present at all. Looking back on the book, I am not at all sure I actually learned anything new about not only Jane, but the history of that time. Much of the history of Jane Parker is lost, and the author tries, in my opinion unsuccessfully, to fill the holes in the story with complete speculation. If you are looking for a in-depth history of the Tudor family, or Jane Parker, this book is probably not for you.
I enjoyed a more positive perspective on Jane Boleyn. It differed greatly from what I have read over the years about her. I found it to be a very good read! I anticipate more good books from this author in the future.
~ Agness matilda Magillicuddy
I have wanted to read a book from Jane Boleyn's perspective for so long! Julia Fox does a great job telling us what she can about the life and times of the Lady Rochford. It was nice to see her from a different perspective. It was also a pretty quick read (or listen!) i couldn't put it down! If you are into Henry VIII history, this book is a refreshing point of view.