Excitement and panic are the feelings of the day for me today. The cover image for the George Boleyn biography Clare Cherry and I are working on came back from the illustrator today so Tim was able to work on it and turn it into a book cover – thanks Tim! When I saw it I was torn between excitement, because it looked so good, and panic because this means that we really need to get the book finished and off to the editor – aaaggghhh!
As there is no surviving contemporary portrait or sketch of George Boleyn, and I really didn’t want to use a headless Tudor man, I came up with the idea of using George’s signature, letters he wrote and the manuscripts he presented to his sister, Anne. Tim was able to sketch out a rough concept idea for the artist and we’re really pleased with what she came back with. What do you think? I hope you like it.
The next thing was to decide on a title and we’re still not 100% sure. I don’t like flowery titles, I agree with the Ronseal slogan: “does exactly what it says on the tin” and our book is a biography of George Boleyn. So, here’s what I came up with:
- The Life and Death of George Boleyn
- George Boleyn: A Life
- George Boleyn: A Biography
- The Life of George Boleyn
- George Boleyn
- George Boleyn: Poet, Courtier and Diplomat
- George Boleyn, Lord Rochford
Clare and I would appreciate some feedback, so please do comment below with your thoughts on the cover and title. We’re aiming for a publication date in April, depending on editing, and I will obviously post more information nearer the time. You can ensure that you hear about the book’s release by subscribing to The Anne Boleyn Files – simply sign up in the box in the left hand side menu bar.
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