November 18, 2010
January 3, 2012
February 24, 2010
I read it in about an hour. It is only 71 pages long.
It starts with Jane going to court at age 15 and she is in Katherine’s household. Henry eyes her. She is in love with George and he loves her. Cardinal Wolsey wants her to spy on Katherine and tell him everything she says. In Val Dore Henry calls her to his rooms. She is afraid, faints, and when she awakens much later, tells George. George asks her to marry him. Mary overhears the conversation about going to Henry and she decides to go in her place. Hence, Mary becomes the king’s mistress.
Need I go on? Not going to. You will have to read it and see!
I would say this book is geared toward younger readers.
The good thing was George and Jane’s relationship. It was nice to read a book about them where they actually liked each other.
March 26, 2015
I’m not sure that there is a lot of evidence that they didn’t get on. As far as I recall the idea that they didn’t is based on the fact they they apparently had no children, and the idea that it was Jane who said that George and Anne had an incestuous relationship, which she did out of jealousy that George cared more for his sister than he did for her, but I have the feeling that all this is of dubious reliability too. It makes a better novel I suppose. Somewhere I have a copy of “Jane Boleyn, the infamous Lady Rochford” by Julia Fox but it’s yet another of those things I can’t find since I moved (all my books, and I have over 3000, are randomly shelved at present wherever they will fit), but I think she acquits her of in effect killing George.
February 24, 2010
January 3, 2012
I do feel that Jane B has been very badly maligned over the years, but as the old saying goes, mud sticks. Jane was blamed for providing the evidence against George and Anne that sent them to their deaths, but my personal belief is that Cromwell gave Jane the impression, that neither George or Anne would come to any harm, and that the King simply wanted to annul his marriage to Anne, and then all 3 of them could disappear into the sunset. Cromwell read out what grounds he and Lard arse had cooked up to annul the marriage and Jane simply agreed. Of course Jane didn’t know that Lard arse was out to take their heads, and as natually devestated by what happened next. Because of what happened to George and Anne everyone believed that Jane was a vindictive old shrew, who hated George and Anne so much that she would say and do anything to get them out of her life for good.
In short she was betrayed by Cromwell and Lard arse. I actually feel very sorry for Jane, as I do feel that she was perhaps a very sweet and loving person, perhaps not as intelligent as either Anne or George, but her simplicity probably added to her charm.
Why K.H and Culpepper blamed Jane for their meetings is beyond me, but my guess is that as Jane was a lot older than K.H she should have been able to put a stop to their meetings with ease, the “Older is wiser” saying. Small wonder poor Jane lost her wits, the pressure she must have been under since the murder of George and Anne must have been a nightmare situation for her, day in and day out. I dare say that she was whispered about behind her back, as a scorned woman who sent and innocent woman and her own husband to their deaths.
Semper Fidelis, quod sum quod
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